We travel in order to expand the realms of our minds and our intellectuality. Unfortunately, we tend to get so lost in our excitement that we forget to pay heed to our natural environment and its sustainability. Travelling in a greener and responsible way will not only make you feel better about yourself but will also leave a positive impression on the place you visited. It is not easy to travel green, but even a little effort can go a long way. Here are a few great tips on how you can go on a clean and green holiday without causing any negative impact on Mother Nature.
- Pack Light and Efficient.
The lesser the luggage we carry, the lighter will be the plane or train or cab and the lesser will be the fuel consumption. This wills in-turn reduces the amount of harmful greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. Also, it is much more easier and fun to travel light.
- Carry Re-Usable Items.
It takes gallons of oil to produce the plastic water bottles we use for water consumption. This oil can be used to fuel vehicles. So instead of unnecessarily buying plastic bottles and dumping them repeatedly, carry a re-usable bottle instead that you can keep filling at water fountains. There are battery operated filters available that can fit on the mouth of the bottle. This way you can fill your bottle with tap water on the go. Also carry a cloth bag instead of plastic bags.
- Don’t Forget to Turn Off the Lights Before You Leave the Home.
Switch off all your lights, fans and other electrical equipment before you move out. You don’t want to waste so much power while you’re away. Put your PC or laptop to sleep.
- Travel Around on Foot, Bicycle or Public Transport.
Explore short distances by walking or riding a bicycle. Try to make use of public transport like buses or trains if you want to move across long distances. Taxi services like Uber and Lyft allow you to carpool with co-passengers. This also reduces traffic congestion.
- Stay in A Green Hotel.
Most holiday homes, hotels and resorts nowadays make use of eco-friendly linens and toiletries. Re-use the bath towels instead of getting them washed every day. Also, do not change your bedsheets every night. Switch off the lights, fans and AC’s, thermostats etc. whenever you leave the room and have shorter bath timings. Many hotels even generate electricity from solar panels and use rain water harvesting methods. They even prepare dishes from home-grown vegetables and fruits and use organic cleaning detergents to wash the dishes and linen. So, make sure you choose a certified green hotel for your stay.
- Prefer to Use E-Tickets and Avoid Printing of Receipts.
By now we all know that paper comes from trees and how important it is to save trees. So even though paper can be recycled, avoid printing too much unnecessarily. Most airports and railway stations nowadays directly scan e-tickets.
- Opt for Local Food.
Support the local farmers and food vendors by consuming their local produce. The local authentic dishes are sometimes even more tastier and healthier than the ones offered at high-end restaurants. Chain restaurants also use a lot of preservatives in their food and spend a lot of fuel and money in shipping the ingredients. That is why they are so expensive! But be careful not to consume any endangered plant or animal species.
- Don’t Dump Your Waste in The Open.
This is something that everyone needs to follow not just while on the go, but also within our own homeland. Plastics stay within the ground years after they’ve been dumped. Use the trash bins or if there aren’t any in sight then carry your waste with you.
Last but not the least, spread the green word. It is important to let others know and understand the significance of our environment and the consequences of its depletion.
Simon Hopes is a renowned author and social media enthusiast. These efforts to ensure a clean and green living will leave you with a feeling of mixed success.
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