Traveling Eco-friendly Style!
2020 is clearly a year we’d rather forget. Whilst we’re still in the midst of Covid restrictions and adjusting to new ways of living, it was only months ago that Australia was in a state of natural disaster, engulfed by raging bushfires. Whilst the devastation and loss insurmountable, there was one positive, the elevation of global warming as a very real issue, resulting in a more environmentally aware nation.
In fact, research was undertaken by the travel search engine, Booking.com reveals that 55% of travelers are more determined to make sustainable choices than they were a year ago.
While travel is still largely on hold because of the pandemic, we can still dream and plan for where our next adventures lie.
To help with these plans, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when next you travel, that are easy and effective ways of ensuring our environment comes first:
Cheap and frequent flights (before Covid clearly) have us spoilt for choice, so much so that many of us (especially those who fly regularly for work) don’t blink an eye on a return trip on the same day. Where you can, plan. Instead of rushing back, look at staying a day or two longer, seeing multiple people, or visiting multiple places in the one visit. Cutting out air travel is the number one way to reduce your carbon footprint. Opt for a train where you can for domestic or border hoping travel.
Choose Economy and Travel Light
We all love a bit of pampering, (especially after being in lockdown for so long), so it’s understandable to think first or business class is the only way to fly. A better option for the environment, as well as your back pocket, is to travel the economy instead. The more bodies on a plane at once mean fewer flights are necessary – economical and efficient!
And packing light will also play its part. We all know how much slower a car is when its boot is full to the brim, it’s the same philosophy – the lighter something is, the faster and more efficiently it can move.
Use A Sustainable Travel Agency
Believe it or not, there is such a thing. Some of the more innovative and future savvy travel agencies offer travel packages that are in fact carbon-neutral. Carbon emissions of a trip are pre-calculated, reduced where possible, and then offset entirely. Tick, tick, tick!
What Happens At Home, Doesn’t Stay At Home
We’re all familiar with the saying ‘What happens at X, stays at X’ – flip that thinking now!
Our environmentally friendly actions at home (like recycling and green waste), need not stay there – these learnings and behaviors need to remain with us wherever we go.
Simple things like bringing your water bottle with you on your trip for top-ups will save on purchasing single-use bottles and ultimately result in less land use.
Regardless of your efforts, travel will inevitably always have some impact on the environment. However, if we all play our part and consider our choices more often, two things will come up trumps – the environment and our back pockets!