2.12 billion tons of waste is dumped each year. Now is the time to think about your carbon footprint, and one area to start with is changing the way you travel.
If we all do our part to reduce the amount of waste that we produce even during travel, it will help restore balance to the world. When it comes to sustainable travel, we're here to help. We're going to list for you how sustainability and vacation can become one and work for your benefit and the benefit of the planet.
Select Your Travel Destination
While traveling to exotic places may seem like the best idea for your vacation, you need to consider the place where you will travel. The reason for this is you're going to want to select a destination that focuses on making a change to the environment. The place where you travel should be conscious of the amount of waste they produce each year.
They should seek ways to reduce this waste. When you travel to this place, you'll be around others with the same goal as you. And you'll enjoy your vacation while taking care of the planet at the same time.
Plan Methods of Travel
Selecting the destination where you'll vacation is a small piece of the larger picture of sustainability. The next thing that you need to focus on is how you're going to reach your destination.
The amount of time that we spend traveling causes a lot of air pollution, and when you're thinking of ways to travel, you need to select an eco-friendly travel method. If you take the time to do your research, you can find a list of airlines who are working to be more environmentally friendly.
When you use eco-friendly transportation, you can cut down on the carbon emissions that get released into the air, which helps to create cleaner and fresher air for everyone.
When you arrive at your destination, you'll want to continue to look for better ways to travel, even if that means walking to destinations that are close to where you're staying.
You'll want to consider shoes for travel that you'll find comfortable to wear for long periods while walking around the city. If you weren't aware, the shoes you wear can be recycled when you're done using them, so that you don't add to the 300 million shoes dumped in landfills each year.
Reduce Food Waste
People waste a large amount of food without realizing it. Lots of this waste occurs when people are traveling, whether you don't have a place to store leftovers or you forget to eat the leftovers once you've taken them back to your room.
When you're packing for travel, take time to pack foods that can easily be taken from place to place and quickly eaten. And when you've finished with the snacks and other meals that you're going to consume during the trip, ensure that you dispose of the container and other forms of waste correctly.
When you don't recycle your waste the right way, it can end up in landfills. Most often, it will wind up in oceans and lakes, which is detrimental to the wildlife that inhabits these places.
Think about all the commercials you've seen where the turtle has its head stuck in plastic or a shark has swallowed tons of waste that it can't digest. Without our help, this waste will continue to be dumped into oceans, killing off wildlife.
Cut Your Showers Short
When you're at home, you're conscious of the amount of water you're using and are quick to confront those who leave the water running or take too long of a shower. But when you're traveling, there's something about not having to pay for the water that causes people to double the time that they spend in the shower, resulting in them using more water than they need.
Even when you're traveling, you need to be aware of the amount of water you're using. While it may be tempting to use more water than you need, consider the waste.
Think about the millions of people worldwide that don't have running water. These people also don't have the luxury of clean water or unlimited water and therefore cherish the water that they do have. If you're traveling to a place that focuses on sustainability, they should also be focusing on providing running water for its residents.
When a destination takes care of the people who live there, you can vacation knowing that travelers aren't getting special treatment. If the area you select to vacation in neglects its residents, then that speaks volumes. It shows a lack of responsibility for taking care of the resources provided to them to make a difference.
Sustainable Travel Is Possible With Some Planning
When it comes to sustainable travel, there are ways to make it work. The first step is selecting a destination that thinks about the footprint they make on the environment. You should also reduce the amount of water you use when traveling.
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