Eco Friendly Travel Tips to Know
Today I want to talk to you about the most important eco-friendly travel tips you need to know, to travel greener and save our planet.
To be honest, I’m pretty scared of global warming. It’s no myth, it is something that is happening and developing under our noses.
In 20 years from now, I want to have a good life. And beyond having a good life, I just want to live, and for my future kids to live here on Earth as well.
Now, you might wonder, why won’t they live here? why do you think we’ll have a bad future in 20 years?
Two words my friends – GLOBAL WARMING.
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What is global warming and why should you care about it?
Global warming refers to our planet’s temperature.
Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. Global warming occurs when air pollutants and greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface.
Scientists say that the earth’s rising temperatures are fueling longer and hotter heat waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall, and more powerful hurricanes.
Global Warming isn’t a myth. We can see the effects of it starting these days.
If we won’t take action, and save our planet this is what will happen in 20 years:
1. The glaciers will melt, which will raise the water level on Earth and islands like Venice, New York City and more, will be erased.
2. Because of the melting glaciers, the bacteria of old diseases will come out and we’ll have to fight old and serious diseases that came back to our planet.
3. Because of the climate changes, there will be massive heat waves that would start big fires and will harm agriculture.
4. Impact on the water quality that will lead to a global water shortage. Rising the sea level can also cause the depletion of freshwater as a result of saltwater aquifers.
Don’t you want to live a good life in a good future?
Don’t you want your kids to even have a future?
A few little things that if we all do in our homes, we can make a huge impact and stop global warming:
* Reduce water waste
* Eat the food you buy, and eat less meat.
* Buy better bulbs – LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents (they are also cheaper).
* Electricity in your home – this is one of the most harmful things we do to the environment. Don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets, unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.
* When buying a new car, buy an electric car.
* RECYCLE – The average person makes 2.5 Kg of garbage a day! this means that in one year, you make 912.5 Kg of trash that gets thrown outside in our nature and harms our planet the most.
LET’S SAVE OUR PLANET!
So, in order to do so, and show you how the little changes in life will make the biggest impact, I’ve collaborated with more than 10 bloggers (their blog posts links will be at the end of the post), that will each show you how to make a little change in life in the subject they blog about, that will make a big impact to the world, and hopefully stop global warming.
I wanted to talk about traveling eco-friendly. How to make a little change in your travel routine, that could help the environment so much.
Here are 15 ways to travel eco-friendly, and stop global warming!
1. Pack A Reusable Water Bottle
Think about all the plastic bottles you buy and throw away during a day of traveling.
First of all, I think it’s a waste of money. Why not pack with you a nice water bottle, save your money and help the environment by producing less waste?
I highly recommend purchasing a collapsible foldable water bottle.
When you run out of the water (first of all you can fill it up), or, you can fold it in your bag and it will take zero space in your bag!
2. Recycle During Your Vacation
Yes, you are on vacation, but you are still on vacation on Earth, not Space. Global warming and climate change is still happening even if you are on vacation.
Separate your trash, and recycle where you can. You can even ask the hotel you are staying at if they have a recycling trash can or just ask them where you can throw your recycles.
3. Don't Visit Animal Attractions
Ever went to the circus? do you know how miserable that little monkey is? what does he go through to entertain you?
Or the elephant you are riding on in Thailand? do you think he enjoys being someone’s ride?
If you didn’t know, they don’t take good care of the elephants when you aren’t looking.
Don’t take part in animal abuse.
I’ll tell you a little story – this year I’ve visited Sochi, Russia (click here to read the post I wrote about my trip), and near the 33 waterfalls, this guy was standing and taking pictures of people and his animals.
There was this beautiful peacock that was standing on a small table with his tale wide open.
The guy took a picture of a few tourists and the peacock for money.
After the picture, the peacock wanted to get off or close his tale or something like that, and then the table fell with him because he was tied to the table!!!!!!!!
And we’ll end the subject here, hope you got the point 🙂
4. Visiting The Beach? Nature? CLEAN AFTER YOU FINISH!
I hate going somewhere and seeing all the garbage people leave after them all over the place.
Honestly, it is shocking to me that someone drinks water, and instead of throwing it to a trash can, or even to a plastic trash bag that he can take to his car and throw when he sees a trash can, he just throws it on the ground!
Beyond the fact that no one wants to live in someone else’s trash, why harm nature like that?
5. Protect Nature
Even though that rock is so pretty (I’ll be honest, I still do this sometimes and I should stop), it belongs to nature.
Think about it, if 1000 people are visiting the beach, and every person takes a rock, what’s left for nature?
Yes, this is our planet, but it’s not just ours – keep that in mind.
6. Pack And Use Reusable Bags
If you are staying at an Airbnb apartment, or even at a hotel that has a small kitchen in the room, and you are planning on going grocery shopping, pack with you 1-3 reusable shopping bags, this way you have your bags, and not the plastic bags at the grocery store that harms the environment so much!
7. Pack A Reusable Utensils Silverware Case
Instead of buying a big pack of plastic silverware, get yourself a nice little reusable utensils silverware case that could help you out in every occasion, and will help save the environment!
These cases come with a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and reusable straws!
8. Consider Switching To A Bamboo Toothbrush
The biggest difference between bamboo toothbrushes and plastic toothbrushes is that the material used for plastic toothbrushes requires lots of energy for its processing because their degradation takes a lot of time.
On the other hand, bamboo toothbrushes are eco-friendly. The handles are made from bamboos, which are entirely degradable, and can be recycled after use.
9. Save Electricity and Water On Your Vacation
Like I’ve said earlier about recycling on vacation, even though you are on vacation and the hotel pays the water and electricity bill, it still doesn’t mean that while you are on vacation, all of the problems in the world stops.
Don’t waste water for nothing, and don’t leave all of the lights open when you are out just because the hotel pays for it.
10. Eat Less Meat
Most of us love meat, it tastes good, you can make delicious meals from it, it is good for our bodies, but it also makes the planet sick.
Raising pigs, chickens, and especially cows, is one of the most harming things we do to the environment.
These animals generate as much greenhouse gas emission as all cars and trucks combined!
I am not saying that you should become vegetarian starting tomorrow, but if all of us reduce a little bit of meat in our diets, we can make a huge difference.
11. Don't Feed Wild Animals
Unless you grew up in the jungle, you don’t know what is good for every animal to eat.
Sometimes, when you are feeding that peacock a small piece of cake, you might end up killing it.
Animals (and especially wild animals) are used to their food and are used to eating what they need to.
You would never know how an animal will react after eating something you gave it (and in the worst case, you can never know if what you gave that peacock killed it 15 minutes after you left).
12. Pack Light
Packing light isn’t just about being minimalist, it’s about helping the environment as well.
The lighter you pack, the lower your impact on the environment when you travel.
If the plane is less heavy, it uses less fuel that harms the environment.
13. Use Reef-Safe Sunscreen
I’ve discovered this fact only a while ago, but it is very important.
Regular sunscreens harm the oceans! Did you know that?
First of all, regular sunscreens bleach or kill corals, or can even wake up coral viruses and hurt the sea-life.
If you’ll switch to a reef-safe sunscreen, you will save the corals in the ocean, the sea-life itself and keep the ocean clean from chemicals.
14. Use Public Transportation
We all know how harmful vehicles can be to the environment. Nowadays, most families have more than two cars that are used daily.
There are so many cars, buses, trucks, trains on the road that are harming our environment and increasing climate changes and global warming.
If we’ll use more public transportation, it’ll mean fewer vehicles on the roads, which will mean less harm to the environment.
So instead of using a taxi or an Uber, or renting a car while traveling, try using less vehicles on the road and save the environment!
15. Don't Print Your Whole Trip's Plan
I’ve seen many people that are printing a 50-page travel plan for their trip.
Well, you could just save it on your phone or Ipad instead of printing 50 pages that will be thrown (hopefully recycled after reading this post) after the trip.
I’ve actually launched a digital travel planner, which is printable (even though like I’ve just said, use it on your phone/Ipad while traveling and don’t print it), and is currently on SALE for 50% OFF!
The discount code is: tbm50
These were my 15 ways to travel eco-friendly. If you have more ideas and tips on how to travel eco-friendly, feel free to share them in the comments below!
Thank you for all the bloggers that joined this collaboration!