ECO-friendly travel is important. Flights are cheaper than ever, and this means more travellers are flying than ever before. The result is that the airports are mercilessly overcrowded, especially in the high season. Consequently, this puts a strain not only on our minds and bodies, but it also puts a lot of strain on our world environment. Nevertheless, flying is inevitable for most destinations. But there are still things you do to travel in a more sustainable manner. Here are five suggestions for more Environmentally friendly travel, and they are just a beginning:
Pack wisely and ECO-friendly for your travel
Yes, luggage is also crucial. The more luggage you take with you, the more fuel is used, and thus more carbon emissions are created. However, packing wisely will do a lot for the environment and let you travel more ECO-friendly. Instead of buying grooming items in full-size packages every time you travel and checking them in your bag, you can buy travel-size items. Additionally, you can refill these from your regular products when you travel again. Solid shampoos and bars of soap are complete without garbage. Furthermore, you can pack sustainably by using so-called “zero waste” travel kits. As a rule, you should always try to do without plastic cutlery and never use drinking straws.
Compensate for flights
If you must travel by plane, then you should definitely opt for the shortest direct flights. Although these are generally more expensive, they do less damage to the CO2 balance than additional fights to the same destination.
You can also compensate for the flight on platforms such as Atmosfair, Climate Collections, or Myclimate. To do this, you first calculate how much CO2 per person is released by the flight on the respective websites. Then you buy compensation certificates that confirm that the same amount of CO2 is bound up elsewhere. For instance, through climate protection projects such as planting trees.
For example: The compensation for a Lufthansa flight from Düsseldorf to Mallorca costs six euros at Myclimate. This is not expensive and the impact of many travellers doing this is tremendous and a first step for ECO-friendly travel. More information about Myclimate on the website https://www.myclimate.org/
Avoid travel catalogues
It is common practice for travel agencies to give you a stack of catalogues and have you plan and book your trip after going through them. However, tour providers also put their trips together on the Internet. This does not mean that you should not book with the travel agency. But you do not have to waste paper by flipping through a catalogue just once and then throwing it away. Check out our Thailand Posts.
Choose the means of transport deliberately
Many destinations can also be reached by bus or train as an alternative to flying – that much is clear. But what about when you arrive? Try to choose the means of transport at your destination consciously, to begin with. Look at options for places where you can use public transport or explore the area by bike. For the most part, this is how you come into better contact with the local people and cultures anyhow. Holiday activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, and hiking are also really fun ways to be sustainable and save resources.
Live climate-friendly and travel ECO-friendly
If you do end up taking a flight to go on holiday, think about how you can spend the nights at your destination in a socially and climate-friendly way. Look into going camping, or renting a holiday apartment instead of spending the night in a large hotel complex. Take recyclable things with you like jute trash bags. Thereby collecting your trash on the go instead of throwing it away into the environment because there are no trash bins. Incidentally, it helps sustainability to eat regional and seasonal cooking in small local places while on holiday. It is not only cheaper but also promotes your own ecological balance and helps equalize the economy.