A vacation is the perfect opportunity to get a break from the hustle and bustle of busy everyday life, and to take some time out to relax and recharge. However, with more of us becoming increasingly aware of the severe consequences our carbon footprint is having on the planet, it is important that you can enjoy your next vacation while also being more eco-friendly.
While many people assume that eco-friendly travel means being at one with the outdoors and camping in the country, there are so many other ways that you can enjoy some much needed time away while still being ‘green’. So, we have put together these top 5 tips on how to make your next vacation eco-friendlier.
Pack a Reusable Bottle
From waiting in the line at check-in to walking around the shops in the airport, you will probably enjoy numerous different drinks – from a bottle of water for the journey to a coffee to keep you going. So, by the time you get to the end of the average weeks’ vacation, you will probably have used and thrown away around 20-30 single-use plastic bottles.
But you can make the simple swap to invest in a reusable bottle or cup to keep in your bag throughout your trip. This is one of the biggest but most effective eco-friendly changes you can make that will make a considerable difference to the amount of single-use plastic you are using.
Unplug Your Home
You can also make your vacation eco-friendlier by taking the time before you go away to unplug all electrical devices at home. Whether you are only going away for the weekend, or are going travelling for a month, it is important that you don’t leave unnecessary items plugged in that are using unnecessary energy. Even having it plugged in while it is being used will waste energy, so unplug it and save energy and your electric bill!
Explore on Foot or By Electric Bike
As soon as you arrive at your destination, you probably like to explore the local area and get to know your new surroundings. However, you should take the more energy-efficient approach of exploring on foot, or by investing in very sturdy electric bikes that are great at getting you around a new area. Taking your electric bike away with on your trip will help you be more eco-friendly and save you money!
If you are travelling somewhere exotic or abroad for your next vacation, then we recommend that you make the most of your trip by fully immersing yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting. This includes eating the local food. Many of us are guilty of travelling somewhere new and then eating the same food that we eat at home. Eating locally helps local businesses and helps to reduce your food footprint.
Consider Your Travel Options
While many of us can’t wait to get on a plane and jet off abroad for our vacation, you should consider your travel options to reduce the CO2-emmissions that come from air travel. However, even if you can’t avoid flying to your destination, then there are ways that you can limit the damage your journey will do to the planet. For example, you could try different forms of transport that are eco-friendlier and avoid stopovers as they make the journey longer and use more energy and fuel.
It is important that you are more environmentally conscious when going on vacation, and you will be surprised at how the smallest of changes can make a considerable difference to your carbon footprint.