7 Tips to Be a More Sustainable Traveler
If you are one of the lucky ones that have the opportunity to travel the world and experience different countries, cultures, and wildlife. Then take care of the planet, when being around the globe reduce your impact! Be a responsible traveler and be the positive change! In the end, all the small changes you make will have an impact! You are part of a Greater community.
International tourist arrivals increased from 528 million in 2005 to 1.19 billion in 2015.
7 Tips to Be a More Sustainable Traveler
Ease your impact on the planet!
2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
1. Who are your tour operators? Research
Who are you genuinely receiving your money? Are there local guides on the trips? What are the tour operators giving back to the local community and environment? When using the service of tour operators, be responsible for giving your money to a company that will protect and support the local community and the environment. In that way, your money is supporting a good cause and not just disappear back to the big firm that wants’s only profit.
If the tour operators can’t answer precisely to these questions, please find another company that supports the community or the wildlife you are about to visit.
In the Galápagos Islands, I traveled to the San Cristobal Island and talked to the local community and then arranged my activities with different local companies. I knew the money was going directly to persons that live on the San Cristobal Island. They love there islands and are doing anything they can to protect it! They are fighting against foreigner companies that want’s to buy the Galapagos Island for creating resorts of the Island, with other words destroying the wildlife paradise.
2. Support the real local economy
When being around the world, support the real local economy. Support the women with her fruit stand selling healthy fresh juice for a fair price that will give her income for supporting her family. Go to the local restaurant, don’t help big chains at getting more significant.
The same goes for locally handcrafts and souvenirs, purchase it from the people making it, and your contribution to the economy will be direct to the people that earned it, and the money has a better impact.
In Colombia, Wayuu Bags are the famous souvenirs to buy home. You can buy it anywhere, why would you? When you can buy it from Indigenous People as well, the people that have the culture and tradition of making the bags. Buying the real Wayuu Bags support the Indigenous People and their cultural heritage and provided needed jobs for the Indigenous People, that are struggling with discrimination and racism in significant parts of Colombia.
If you are not Traveling to Colombia soon, but want Wayuu Bags, I recommend this girl Jessica that are doing social entrepreneurship with the Indigenous people in Colombia – Wayuu Tribe Shop.
3. More Ocean and Less Plastic
Let’s raise the awareness of plastic ocean pollution!
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
- We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
Be a part of the solution by reducing your use or just say NO to plastic. We need locally purified water in glass bottles. Tote bags everywhere around! Perfect for any shopping use! They did not have plastic in the middle age, they did survive and so can we! In this way, you are reducing plastic waste, reducing your carbon footprint.
4. Travel Locally or Slow
Do every travel need to be somewhere far away? No! Go exploring your city, hometown and your beautiful country. In this way reduce your carbon footprint. Go hiking in the mountain and decrease even more of the carbon footprint! Travel by train instead of an airplane. Take the bus instead of Taxi! Go fewer places and spend more time in each location.
Traveling by yourself or with family and friends, it’s more eco-friendly to fly! Go on Road Trip!
Even chose electric vehicle and travel on Clean Energy!
Exploring Northern Norway for the first time.
5. Eat Less Meat & More Plants
Eating less meat is crucial for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet. I’m not a Vegetarian, but we can’t eat meat the entire week it would destroy the agriculture. Meat Consciousness is an essential part of supporting sustainable agriculture today. If we are being more preservative about what we are putting in our mouth, we can contribute to a better future in the form of more various production in Agriculture that will better benefit the combatting climate change, soil, air and water pollution and ocean.
Lovely pumpkin soup in Stockholm
6. Stay at GREEN Buildings for Accommodation
Is your accommodation provider supporting you to be more Sustainable Traveler? Is there solar power, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, biomass, Efficient water consumption? Are they helping the local community? Local staff? Is the food locally? Are they investing in the local economy?
Casa en el Aqua is ECO-Friendly but the travel their not so green.
7. If Flying Chose: New & GREEN Aircrafts
New Aircraft are consequently reducing emissions considerably. One of the greenest fleets in the world is Norwegian Airline, the airline; I travel most of my time with Norwegian. They are cheap but at the same time fuel-efficient airline. Choosing Norwegian Airline is a win-win choice for me as a customer. Other essential things are to Book non-stop flights whenever you can: It’s takeoffs and landings that create most of an airplane’s carbon emissions.
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