The Beginner’s Guide to Green Travel3 mins read

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Green travel is traveling with a heart for the environment. It’s a kind of travel wherein you protect the places you visit, allowing others to enjoy every tourist spot even after you’ve left. It promotes sustainability and responsible tourism too.

It’s significant. That’s for sure. But how can you have a green lifestyle when you’re traveling? Here are some tips for you:

Transportation

An airy trip

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Need to go someplace else? Why don’t you check first if you can travel by land before considering air travel? If you could reach the location through a bus or a train, go for that. Air travel should be your second to the last option (we’ll get to this later). I know, this could be difficult for people who hate getting cramps on their butt for sitting too long. That’s an uncomfortable situation. But you have to realize that air travel has the most significant environmental impact out of all kinds of travel. Say you’re from Manila and you want to travel to Iceland or Madrid, Spain. A flight from your location to either destination means the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced for each passenger on the plane is almost similar as what a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) would generate in one month. The same thing applies if you’re from New York and you want to travel to Denver.

Of the sea, by the sea

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Now, if you think cruising or traveling by sea is more environment-friendly, then sorry, you’re wrong. It’s natural to assume that a ship would emit less carbon dioxide compared to a long-haul flight. Sadly, that’s not the case. The usual one-week journey through a cruise ship produces 0.43kg of CO2 per passenger mile (compared to 0.257kg for a long-haul flight), over 50 tons of garbage, a million tons of gray or wastewater, 35,000 gallons of oil-contaminated water, and 210,000 gallons of sewage. So, if you wish to decrease your carbon, the last option you should consider is traveling by sea.

Your daily voyage

Another tip you have to remember is about the car you’ll rent (if ever you’ll rent one). Always choose the smallest car that can accommodate you and your companions. Prioritize size over comfort. Also, if you can walk, bike, run, hail a cab, or use another public transport instead of renting a car, then don’t select the latter.

Inside the hotel

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Save electricity.

Switch off the lights and turn the appliances off when they’re not in use. If it’s daylight and you aren’t reading, save energy by using the natural light provided by the giant ball in the sky. And before you leave your room, turn everything off.

Conserve water.

You can save water by taking short showers and turning the faucet off when you’re not using it. I tend to let the water run while I brush, but lately, I realized it’s a bad idea.

Separate your trash.

Wherever you are, you should apply what you’ve learned in grade school. Trust me; there’s always a designated garbage bin for every kind of waste.

Outside the Hotel

Use your own utensils.

It’s also a wise decision to carry your own utensils and water bottle. Doing so will reduce your use of plastic, and to say that too much plastic harms the environment is an understatement.

Take care of your garbage.

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Don’t litter in tourist spots or any place at all. If you can’t find a garbage bin near you, place the trash in your bag until you can see a container. You can go to local stores near you; they have at least one bin for sure. This is one way to be polite to the town and the people living there.

Buy local products.

Lastly, purchase items from the locals. Opt for locally made stuff compared to imported ones. This way you can give your support to the local economy and gain some friends. However, don’t be too kind. Don’t be in favor of irresponsible selling. I’m talking about souvenirs or other products that are made from endangered animals or plants. If you’re genuinely committed to being a responsible traveler, then don’t encourage them to continue selling by buying such items.

And… that’s it! Being a green traveler is simply being a responsible one. But we’re not done yet. What do you think should be added to this list? Comment down below! 🙂

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