Green travel continues to be the top travel trend in 2019, as more eco-conscious tourists are making an effort to plan a sustainable and eco-friendly travel experience. Here are some tips and resources you may find useful.
Choose a green destination
If you have not yet had a determined place to go, just Google “Green Destinations” and search for inspirations. If you wish to travel within the United States, Niagara Falls and Yellowstone National Park are both highly recommended green destinations.
Click here to see the top 100 sustainable destinations around the world!
Plan ahead for more affordable price
As known to all, the cost of accommodations and transportation services could go drastically high if you do not book ahead of time– especially when you are traveling on public holidays. Remember good deals sell fast. Therefore the most important thing we should keep in mind is to always make plans in advance.
Transportation is critical
In 2018, Rhodium reports that carbon emissions by transportation maintained its position to be the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions for the third year running. Rapid growth in air travel contributes to the overall demand for jet fuel by 3.0%. A greener and more economical transportation method are intercity buses. Comparing to other transportation methods, intercity buses are no doubt the most flexible and low-cost option, which also covers the most grounds.
Find a bus for your desired destination !
Packing light – but bring all you need
Packing light is another essential element when it comes to travelling green. Most people will not realize the impact of a heavy luggage. Not only will you risk of paying extra, but also will it harm the atmosphere. Having to carry a heavier weight, your transportation (bus, train, or airplane) will emit more greenhouse gas – which we are trying to avoid. However, there are some nitty-gritties you will need to bring, here’s a simple checklist:
- Bring eco-friendly toiletries with minimum packaging
- Wear reef-safe Sunscreen to protect yourself and the ocean/lake creatures
- Utilize reusable water bottles and utensils to reduce your plastic trails
- Carry a backpack or shopping bag, just in case you need extra room
- more details on how to travel light? Click here
What to do other than sightseeing?
There are so many things you can do other than sightseeing while traveling. Spend a day exploring local communities and treat yourself with a delicious meal, learn about the local history and culture. Or you can go shopping from local merchants, where there is lower transaction cost (economical and environmental). If you have the time and energy, you should always look for local green initiatives and non-profit organizations, and see if there is anything you could help them out with! Other than just having fun during the trip, you will be making an effort to make the world a better place. After all, the earth treats us so generously with so many wonders, it is our turn to give back.