Sustainability Tips for Eco-Conscious Travelers

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Environmentalism and sustainability have become popular topics in the news and on social media over the last few years, but how can we approach them when it comes to travel? Simply put, sustainable travel means minimizing our carbon footprint in ways that allow us to maximize how much we enjoy our destination—if we don’t enjoy it, it’s not really sustainable. With this in mind, here are some tips on how to travel sustainably and make a positive impact on our planet while exploring new destinations.

Drive or Take the Train

Air travel is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so choosing alternative modes of transportation can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Driving or taking the train can offer unique sightseeing opportunities and a chance to experience the local landscape in a more intimate way.

Skip the Taxis

Try navigating your destination on foot or by using public transportation instead of relying on taxis. You’ll reduce your emissions, save money, and be able to explore your surroundings at your own pace. Walking and biking are also fantastic forms of exercise!

Eat Your Veggies

While availability will vary depending on your destination, try to choose vegan or vegetarian meals whenever possible. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, so opting for plant-based meals can greatly reduce your environmental impact. Plus, trying local vegetarian cuisine can be an enlightening cultural experience (not to mention, delicious!).