According to a TripAdvisor survey, nearly two-thirds of all travellers are interested in learning how they can make more environmentally conscious decisions whilst holidaying.

If you’ve been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s fifteen-day sail across the Atlantic and wanting to adopt more eco-smart habits, read our guide for some simple steps that you can use on your next trip to make it more green-friendly. 

These may seem like small steps, however, collectively, if everyone demonstrated more of these little actions, they could have a significant impact on our planet. 

 

Choose to travel via boat, train or bus to get to your destination

Whilst taking a domestic journey (or whenever possible,) consider alternative travelling options such as by boat, train or bus. Multiple travel sources suggest that refraining from taking flights for journeys less than 500km would hugely impact carbon emission levels. Plus, it provides a great opportunity for you to take in more of the country’s beauty as you travel throughout!

 

Eat and drink locally

One of the best parts of travelling, in my opinion, is being able to sample the wide range of local food and produce on offer. Where better to eat the destination’s cuisine than in the country itself! Plus, refraining from eating foods that have been shipped in from overseas also reduces carbon emissions and ‘beer mileage.’ 

 

Use e-tickets

Technology has enabled us to do so many things over the past few decades. Smartphones in particular allow us to access technology wherever we are in the world, at any time of day. If you want to travel smarter, simply scanning an e-ticket on your smartphone rather than printing it will help save *some* trees!   

 

Reduce energy use in hotels

A simple hack to travelling smarter is to reduce the amount of energy you use up in your hotel/accommodation. When leaving for the day, remember to turn off all light switches and plug sockets, to limit energy waste. Another idea is setting your air conditioning on a timer whilst you sleep, so it isn’t constantly on throughout the night.  

 

Buy a re-usable water bottle

This rule can be applied whilst travelling or in your everyday life. By getting a reusable water bottle, you can help reduce single-use plastic distribution and therefore play your part in helping make the world greener.

Admittedly, when in another country it can be hard to find suitable drinking water taps. However, people are becoming increasingly aware of this and aiming to make drinking water more readily available. For example, Intrepid Travel has worked with hotels in Asia to install water filters that travellers can use to fill re-usable bottles with safe water.

 

Stick to the pathed route

If you plan on going on a hike, make sure to always stay on marked trails or routes. Going off the beaten path could mean you trample on protected or endangered plants. It’s also worth noting this for your own safety as well – no one wants to stumble across a bear.

 

Go greener today

If you’re heading away soon and wanting to reduce your carbon footprint – carrying out some of these small changes would make a huge difference. Even if the first step is simply buying a re-usable water bottle…