Jun 21, 2023 • Annie Cao
Traveling is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, see new places, and create long-lasting memories. But the effects of tourism in many parts of the world have impacted the environment, making it vital to adopt better travel practices and protect our planet.
Here are 5 ways to be a more sustainable tourist:
No matter what kind of trip you’re taking, start off by making a list of what you need to bring. If you have everything you need, you won’t create extra waste from buying additional items.
Here’s a list of sustainable packing alternatives:
There are a few things you can do when you decide to go on a trip:
Nowadays, there are hotels and other accommodations that claim to be green. Make sure to do your research to check that they’re doing their part to be sustainable. For example, hotels in Kenya, Zambia, and Costa Rica are supporting zero-plastic usage, using renewable energy sources, or planting trees to support the habitat around them.
If you’re looking to bring home some souvenirs, avoid the touristy gift shops. Instead, buy from local businesses and skip the gift wrapping. And don’t forget to bring along your reusable bags to carry your new items!
Similar to shopping, it’s best to eat at local restaurants to support small businesses. Plus, bringing reusable cutlery and containers when possible will reduce plastic waste when eating out.
And lastly, if you decide to share your travels on social media, don’t be afraid to spread the word about local businesses and sustainable travel options you discovered on your trip! Even influencing one person will help make a difference.
Let us know in the comments how you travel sustainably and share this article to spread the word!
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