10: Pack Light, Pack Green
Packing is the final hurdle every traveler must overcome before setting out on a new fun trip. So, we could all benefit from learning to pack (producing more with less waste)ly, and with (the health of the Earth/the surrounding conditions) in mind. By packing light you jumpstart a trickle-down effect. For instance, less luggage means less travel-related fees. It also makes getting around easier, and frees you up to walk instead of taking a bus or taxi. This will in turn lessen your carbon footprint. However, packing light is only half the fight; packing green is equally important. This means travelling with rechargeable electrical storage devices, carry bags for (small, inexpensive objects that are reminders of visiting a place) and groceries, and a reusable water bottle. Logic commands/rules/(has someone write down what is said) that the more you bring with you, the more garbage your destination will unavoidably be forced to deal with.
9: Stay in an Eco Hostel
Avoiding traditional hotels for couch surfing or Airbnb is one thing, but for the budget traveler who really wants to remain (related to surrounding conditions or the health of the Earth) conscious on the road, nothing beats staying at an eco-hostel. Examples include the JETpak ECOLODGE in Berlin, which brags 100% green power and a bed for as little as $22 a night, and the HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel in Oregon, which harvests its own rainwater and earned a Gold Certification for (the ability to keep something around, or keep something going) at Work four years in a row. Be sure to check out greenhotelworld.com for even more eco-friendly and (producing a lot for a given amount of money) options.
8: Unplug Electronics and Give Away Your Food Before Leaving
According to the U.S. Energy Information Management, 2018 saw the electric power part/area account for about “33% of total U.S. energy-related CO2 (things sent out or given off).” Part of the reason this number is so high, is because many electronic devices continue to use energy even when they’re not in use. For example, a cable box that’s not in use uses/eats/drinks/destroys roughly 227 kilowatts of electricity every year, which, according to the New York Times, is more energy than the average Kenyan or Cambodian person (who lawfully lives in a country, state, etc.) uses in a whole year. Another way to avoid (state where lots of good things are thrown away and not used) before travelling is to reduce the amount of groceries you buy, and giving away, freezing or (applying fertilizer) whatever is left over. Less wasted food and energy can mean more money for travel related expenses.
7: Do Your Research Before Interacting With Animals
One of the best parts about travelling is interacting with new and exciting animals, but it’s important to do some research before visiting safe places, zoos or reservations. While many of these establishments will bill themselves as being (honest and right) shelters for (in danger of disappearing forever) or (in danger of failing school and going to jail) animals, some have a habit/desire to be less than respectable. So, make sure that before you book a tour or visit, you scrub/inspect the web or ask a local whether the place in question is on the level. Once you’ve settled on a (deserving people’s trust because of honesty, etc.) experience, be sure to review The Wildlife Selfie Code, which was put in place by the World Animal Protection International to secure/make sure of animal selfies remain (great harm/desire to hurt others/act of hurting others)-free. And as always, never take a picture with an animal in exchange for money.
6: Go on an Eco Fun trip
One of the best ways to keep your trip green and inexpensive is to go on what professional person (who likes exciting travel) Alastair Humphreys calls microadventures. In his words, “A microadventure is a fun trip that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.” Instead of reserving an across-the-ocean flight, which leaves a huge carbon footprint and can sometimes cost an arm and a leg, spend the weekend (traveling by a small, light boat), camping or hiking a nearby mountain. If you’re dead-set on going in other countries, why not try WWOOFing? The organization offers volunteers room and board in exchange for work on organic farms and other eco-friendly projects. If National Parks are your thing, the American Hiking (community of people/all good people in the world) offers trail reconstruction trips, complete with free overnight stays in a cabin or campsite.
5: Walk and Bike Instead of Driving
Renting a bike is one of the most (producing a lot for a given amount of money), eco-friendly and health-conscious ways to experience a city or country. Most major cities now offer cheap bicycle sharing programs, with a Citi Bike day pass in New York City costing just $12 and a one-month Bixi membership in Montreal only setting you back $34. Another other choice to renting a car or calling a cab
9or ridesharing service) is to use public transportation. Not only is it much cheaper, but it’s also a great way to experience the city like a local. If all else fails, simply walk to your destination. It’ll save you money, ease traffic jam and help keep harmful fumes out of the air.
4: Say No to Room Service
If travelling green is the only way you travel, then you’d be wise to start hanging a “do not disturb” sign on your hotel room door from now on. Why? Well, according to Green Travel Media, by passing on housekeeping, “You’re saving the electricity needed to vacuum, the water needed to wash linens and clean bathrooms, and the harsh chemicals used in the cleaning process.” Some hotels will even offer you perks, such as hotel points and food and drink credits, if you decide not to have your room cleaned. If you want to take it a step further, avoid hotel toiletries for your own. All those plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are wasteful.
3: Fly Greener
Much of what we’ve discussed involves reducing your carbon footprint. And while the easiest way to do that is to avoid flying, there’s no denying that it’s the fastest way to travel. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t fly a little greener. From requesting that your boarding pass be sent directly to your phone (this way limiting paper waste), to choosing (process of people making, selling, and buying things) over first class (the latter “can be more than five times as heavy on carbon” according to Lonely Planet), there are many ways to make air travel eco-friendlier. A cool way to balance out your guilt is to buy offset credits. The airline calculates how much of a carbon footprint your flight will leave and pays the equal to organizations dedicated to money/giving money (to) renewable energy sources.
2: Bring a Water Filter and Purification Tablets
While clean water attempts (to begin something new) have made great long steps in increasing the number of countries with drinkable tap water, there are still a guessed (number) 844 million people who don’t have access to clean water. A common mistake in thinking is that plastic water bottles are the only safe way to consume water in these places. Not only are plastics terrible for the health of the Earth/the surrounding conditions, the cost of buying them every day can add up quite quickly. One solution is travelling with a water filter, which will enable you to have a clean water source (conveniently nearby/useful) wherever you go. Purification tablets are also a doable/possible option, though they can sometimes take a little longer to take effect. Finally, no matter where you travel, always make sure to bring a reusable water bottle.
1: Eat and Drink Like a Local
Street markets, farmers markets and food stands are some of the cheapest and most delicious ways to taste the local food wherever you go. Green Worldwide Travel’s Jonathan Engels proposes that choosing local foods “encourages us to try what’s on the menu rather than eating stuff imported to recreate the same unhealthy food we try to avoid at home.” So by eating and drinking like a local, you can keep costs low while also helping to reduce (the health of the Earth/the surrounding conditions)al strain that comes with importing foreign products (that are bought and sold). In areas such as SouthEast Asia, domestic beers can cost as little as 0.85$ a bottle, while a plate of pad Thai will only set you back $1. Ecolicious!