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Four ways to make travelling more environmentally friendly

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 18 October 2018 | Views [50]

Exploring the different cultures, tastes and lifestyles of the world is one of the great joys of travelling. Unfortunately, this comes with a downside too, and for those of us who are lucky enough to explore the world, we must accept that our travelling has an environmental impact.

Flying obviously has the biggest impact, with just one round-trip between New York and Los Angeles producing around a quarter of the greenhouse gases an average car emits over a full year!

As environmental issues are becoming more well-known, and countries are investing in renewable energy, we should all try to take our eco responsibilities seriously, particularly when travelling. For avid explorers, the best way to do this is through carbon offsetting - lowering your carbon emissions where possible to compensate for flying.

Here are four ways to make travelling more environmentally friendly:

1. Book non-stop flights

As we already know, flying is a problem from an environmental standpoint, but planes are a necessity when exploring distant corners of the world. While you can’t stop the carbon emissions associated with flying, you can reduce them by booking non-stop flights.

The most fuel-intensive part of air travel is taking off, so multiple short flights are worse for the environment than one long one.

2. Choose the right transportation

Flying is not the only form of transport the international traveller will take, and there are numerous transportation choices you can make to help offset the flight emissions. If you rent a car, for example, choose an electric or hybrid if possible.

Hiring a bike or travelling on foot is an even better bet, and will really help to offset your carbon emissions - particularly if you pick these options over buses, trains and taxis. While this might seem minor, it all helps make a difference.

3. Stay at eco-friendly hotels

Unless you’re on a wilderness holiday or camping somewhere, the hotels and other accommodation you choose is important. Fortunately, there are lots of eco hotels popping up around the world that prioritise their environmental footprint.

Eco hotels vary in their practice, with some sourcing local products to cut down on air miles, recycling mattresses, and even providing green roof space for local wildlife to flourish. Staying at any eco hotel is a great way to be more environmentally responsible when travelling.

4. Be a responsible guest

If there are no eco hotels where you are travelling, you can still be an environmentally responsible guest in other ways. By asking the hotel not to clean your room every day, or hanging the ‘do not disturb’ sign before you leave in the morning, you can help to reduce unnecessary chemical and energy usage.

You should also turn off air conditioning and heating when you are not in the room, as these units consume a lot of energy.

Travelling is a fantastic privilege, and as we learn more about environmental issues, ensuring you travel in a responsible way is hugely important. Happy travels!

 

Tags: environemnt, nature, travel

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