After wishing, hoping and patiently waiting the time is about to come, when we can finally travel safely again. More and more people get vaccinated each day and the travel barriers open up slowly again. I thought it´s a good moment, to share some thoughts on how to make vacations more sustainable. I´m sure lots of people will get so excited about finally being able to explore places, that they won´t spend too many thoughts on the downside of travel. Therefore I´d like to share 5 travel tips for more sustainability.
Whenever it is possible take a bus, car or train instead of an aeroplane. In this case, if you are travelling far away, get the maximum out of your travel. If you live in Europe for example and want to fly to New Zealand. Plan a longer stay and visit the whole country so that you don´t fly there in a few years again. Think about which other countries are really close. For example, if you always wanted to go to Australia as well then combine those two travels. This way you don´t have another long flight.
Keep your economic footprint in mind. We all know that every flight causes CO₂. On pages like Atmosfair you can compensate for your flight. You can donate to different climate protection projects or build new trees. But keep in mind that it doesn´t have to be a long trip to an exotic country all the time. Pretty often we don´t know all the beautiful spots of our own country. I can really recommend you to take the time and visit it yourself. You will be surprised by how many great spots you will find.
Say no to straws, plastic bags or other things that you only use once. For hygienic reasons in some countries, it is safer to drink from a straw instead of directly out of a glass. For those cases, you can pack your own reusable straw. There are tons of pretty ones of bamboo or metal. I also always travel with a drinking bottle, so I don´t have to buy water everywhere.
Be kind to the world and avoid all kinds of garbage. If you for example see some on the beach, take the minute to throw it away properly instead of just passing by. It will only take you a short amount of time, but you will have a big impact on creating a cleaner space and a better world.
The lion king is one of your best childhood memories and you are dreaming about being close to one since you were little? Well, what you should have in mind is that most animals, which get used for pretty pictures, are drugged and badly treated. So better think twice, before you visit that kind of spot. Animal entertainment is a cruel business. By booking a ride on an elephant or camel you are supporting it. While you are getting the short joy of a half an hour ride, for the animal it means a lifetime of pain.
If you want to have a nice memory better visit a national park or do a safari to see the animals in their wildlife. Or visit a sanctuary, where you can help wash elephants instead of riding on their backs. Before I visit a new spot I always read some reviews about it, to make sure that the sanctuary is actually a good one and not just hidden animal cruelty.
Animal Pictures can also bring you big trouble! In Peru for example are women, who offer to take a picture with you. They wear beautiful traditional costumes and have lamas right next to them. They look pretty cool and even I was thinking about it for a second until I reminded myself that it´s not a great idea. Even though there are a lot of those women on the streets, it is actually illegal. You can get into some serious problems with the police if they see you paying the woman for the picture.
Think Twice When You Choose Your Sunscreen
Now that we made sure to take care of the place you visit and the animals that are living there, we should talk about ourselves. Or to be more clear, about how you plan to take care of your body. Sun protection is not only an important topic for yourself, but also for your travel spots. Lots of creams have chemicals that destroy the environment.
When I was doing a scuba diving course in the great barrier reef, one of the first lessons I learned was about not using sunscreen to protect the habitat. So better choose an environmentally friendly sunscreen for your next travel journey.
Souvenirs Can Be A Big Mistake
If you travel far away to a country that has a completely different culture you often want to buy a souvenir as a memory of your travel. Souvenirs aren`t bad in general. Especially at the moment when so many countries do not have much travelling. The locals really depend on you buying from them, so it can be good support. If you are able to travel you are in a very privileged position, it´s important to recognize that and give something back to the people, who aren´t. But keep in mind, that most souvenirs aren´t sustainable and it can be a mistake to buy them. Sometimes they are even illegal like buying corals, some types of plants or little animals."Travel is an important aspect of sustainability, not least because you can set a good example. The more tourists show locals that sustainability is important to them, a rethink takes place." Klick um zu Tweeten
Which travel tips do you follow? I´d love to learn more about how to travel more sustainably. Where will your first travel go, when you are able to travel again?
Have an amazing weekend,