5 Ways to Be a Better Tourist

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It’s time to look at the way we travel and explore the world and take vacations in a more sustainable, eco-friendly way. The way we’ve been traveling is not good for the environment and we’re not saying you shouldn’t travel, but there are ways to be a better tourist and plan a planet-friendly vacation. Here are five ways to do so.

Bring Reusable Containers

Instead of bringing bottles for your beauty supplies, fill reusable containers with shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers to prevent using single-use plastics.

Choose Trains and Buses Over Flying

Rather than flying, if you’re traveling domestically, opt for trains and busses over planes. They’ll add adventure and excitement to your travels.

Eat Local and Seasonal

Eat local produce that’s in season to support a more sustainable food industry as well as small businesses. Check out farmers’ markets, farm-to-restaurants, farm cafes, and wineries.

Support Local Businesses

Shop at local markets, eat at family-run restaurants, and stay at guesthouses while traveling to support local businesses. Also, buy souvenirs from artisan markets to support local artists.

Take Walks and Cycle

Explore cities with walking tours and sightsee on bikes. You’ll be getting great exercise while reducing carbon emissions.