9 Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly While Traveling

We all live on this big round thing called Earth — right? And as far as I know, it’s our job to protect it.

So, whether you’re at home, at work or at the beach — hopefully you’re at the beach — there are things to do and places to go that will help you take care of our planet.

Below are nine super simple ways to reduce your footprint while traveling.

1. Pick the right destination

Some hotels tout sustainability initiatives, such as solar power, wind turbines, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, composting, recycling, low-flow toilets and more.

So, when choosing your next resort, make sure they follow a green initiative that helps reduce their carbon footprint while simultaneously benefitting the land, ocean and community around them.

Click here to see six of our favorite sustainable resorts in Mexico.

2. Recycle your linens and towels

Nowadays, more hotels than not encourage guests to reuse their sheets and towels — as to save water and power. But, if you’re staying somewhere that doesn’t set this as the benchmark, write them a little note requesting that they not wash your linens every single day.

3. Be mindful of your trash

When you’re done with an item, recycle it if possible. Many hotels and cities have prevalent recycling bins and some hotels even recycle unused soap and toiletries. 

4. Stop using plastic water bottles

I don’t know about you, but traveling always dries me out. And, I hate buying plastic bottles of water because they’re both expensive and bad for the environment.

All that to say — having a reusable water bottle with you is always wise.

5. Shop and support local businesses

Shopping and eating locally infuses money into the community and minimizes the transport costs of goods and foods.

Plus, you’ll probably have a better experience when delving into your destination’s culture.

6. Do your best to conserve energy

This just looks like turning off the lights when you leave, using the least amount of water possible, closing the blinds to maintain the room’s temperature — you know, everything you should be doing in your own home.

7. Leave no trace behind

When traveling, don’t litter and leave everything you find including flowers, rocks and leaves behind. When hiking or driving, stay on the road or trail and avoid trampling plants and other foliage. When diving or swimming, don’t touch or step on coral and determine whether your sunscreen might affect the local ecosystem.

Basically, be respectful of the place you’re visiting.

8. Beware of animal tourism

Not all of the establishments are bad — but a lot are. So before visiting an animal sanctuary, zoo, safari or whatever, do your research.

In general, it’s best to avoid establishments that allow activities such as walking with tigers, riding elephants and holding animals like tigers or sloths. These businesses often feature drugged, cruelly trained and/or overly stressed captive animals.

Tours and attractions that allow or involve feeding of wildlife should also generally be avoided, as this can alter the animal’s natural diet as well as the surrounding ecosystem.

Just be careful.

9. Use efficient transportation

When you can, use public transportation. This is best for the environment and supports the local economy.

Walking or biking in a new city can can decrease the number of vehicles on roads and also be a great way to see the sites while getting exercise.

Have fun with it!

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