Environmentally-friendly travel tips and advice

“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.” – Chief Si’ahl

These wise words remind us that we have an impact and influence on our surroundings, no matter where we go. And with more and more information coming out about the strain our planet is under – from multiple species on the verge of extinction to a continuing buildup of plastics in our oceans – both travelers and the travel industry alike are stepping up to responsibly engage in one of our favorite hobbies.

You may be wondering what steps you can take to protect the environment and leave your surroundings a little bit better off than when you found them. Here are some things to keep in mind for the next time you travel:

  • Travel closer to home. This is a big one, and it gives our international traveling hearts a bit of consternation. But it is also no secret that airplanes are huge sources of the emissions contributing to climate change. Many airlines are hard at work to rectify this issue, but in the meantime, we also think there is a happy medium. If you fly often, even cutting just one or two of those trips out makes a difference. When you do fly, choose an airline with higher occupancy rates and avoid flights with distances shorter than 300 miles. Consider renting a fuel-efficient vehicle or taking a train; both of these modes of travel do less harm than flying. And while we love and encourage visiting different countries and continents, there is also something wonderful about exploring your surrounding area. Take some time to research the smaller communities within a 2-4 hour drive from your home … you may be surprised at what you find!
  • Avoid buffets. Buffets lead to a large amount of food waste. The U.S. generates around 63 million tons of food waste every year, with businesses like hotels and restaurants accounting for around 40 percent of that number. Ordering off the menu helps businesses be better able to account for how much food to purchase in the future.
  • Get to know your vacation spot the best by walking! As much as you can, choose walking and public transportation over rental cars or options like Uber and Lyft. If you do need a car rental, opt for a fuel-efficient option.
  • Reuse your towels and sheets. Many hotels are now employing the option for guests to reuse towels and sheets throughout their stay. Even if it’s not publicized, you can easily ask the front desk to not replace your linens (or to only replace them on certain days). Laundry accounts for 15-20 percent of a hotel’s water usage, so this is an easy way to help cut back.

Change typically doesn’t happen when just a few people do large things … it comes from many people making small, daily choices that add up over time. By making environmentally conscious choices every time you travel, you can feel good about doing your part to keep our global home clean and healthy.

World’s Best Adventures can help you plan and book all of your eco-friendly 2021 travel! Call us at 770-535-6323 or email csharec@worldsbestadventures.com to learn more and start planning your dream trip.

Sources:

Conde Nast Travel: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/eco-friendly-travel-guide

World Wildlife Fund: https://wwf.panda.org/act/live_green/travel/on_vacation/

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