Top 10 Sustainable travel tips that you need to adopt.
Recycle and don’t litter.
Respect the country you’re visiting and do not litter ever. Take it a step further and recycle what you can when you can. And be sure to ask your hotel about their recycling
Pack a reusable bottle.
Plastic bottles often end up polluting the land and sea, so bring your own water bottle and refill it when traveling. The less bulk the better so consider buying a foldable waterbottle that collapses when you’re done.
Pack a reusable shopping bag.
Plastic bags end up in waterways and landfills where they don’t break down for years. So bring a reusable shopping bag to put all of your purchases in while shopping. I found this one online and I bought it because it’s stylish, compact, and inexpensive.
When possible find alternatives to driving
Including public transit like trains, trams, busses, etcetera. Also you can do walking tours, biking tours, share an Uber with someone, and if you do rent a car, consider hybrid or electric.
Support the locals, not corporations.
To help the local economy thrive, buy locally made souvenirs, dine at local restaurants, use local tour operators, and stay in locally owned hotels.
Shop direct from the source.
That way you know your souvenirs are ethically sourced. In Bali, we visited craftspeople in their studios. We visited batik painters, wood carvers, and jewelry makers.
Book unique cultural experiences.
Cultural tourism can help you better understand the lifestyle of the people in the regions you’re visiting. Their history, art, architecture, religion, and any other cultural aspects that shape their way of life. Learn to be aware of your destination and how to help it sustain its unique character.
Conserve water and save energy.
This one’s a pretty simple one. Ok, reduce your shower time, turn off the lights in the hotel when you leave, and also unplug any electronics that you’re not using.
Please stop supporting cruel animal tourist attractions.
If you go to an animal tourist attraction without researching it first, there’s a good chance that you are unknowingly funding animal cruelty. What yo don’t see when you go to these attractions is the intense abuse that’s going on behind the scenes. They beat these animals into submission to ensure that they are less of a threat to the tourists who pay to see them. World Animal Protection released a list of the 10 cruelest animal tourist traps to avoid. So be sure to check out their PDF which details exactly what makes each of these attractions so cruel.
Keep the momentum going.
When you get back home from your trip, don’t stop. Turn those sustainable travel habits into an everyday eco-friendly lifestyle. For example I started researching green fashion brands, I’m wearing eco-friendly clothing, I bought eco-friendly conditioner, I looked into my city’s recycling program, and I drastically reduced my use of plastic bags. Sure I’m just one person, but if we all make small changes to our thoughts and our actions, then collectively we can all make a huge difference.