For a lot of us, the holiday season is a great time to get out, travel and see the world. For me personally, one of the things that’s always on my mind is my carbon footprint. With family all over the world, I have to fly a few times a year. A train ride from London to Toronto is just not sustainable (or even possible really). But that doesn’t mean that I can’t think about my other travel plans and find ways to make my holidays more eco-friendly and sustainable for the planet. And while I am fully aware of my own limitations, I am here to share my green travel guide and tips to help you with your plans.
Acknowledge the reality
When it comes to planning and get most out of your green travel guide, it’s important to evaluate you and your family’s needs and priorities. Make sure you’re aware of the impact of flying. But also understand your limits and acknowledge your reality. You may have to fly home to visit your loved ones, and that’s that. Once you think deeply and honestly about your situation you can then begin to think about the ways you can make positive changes. You may continue to fly home, but it might be other areas of your life where you decide to cut back on. Assess your situation and prioritize accordingly.
Plan your trips
Travelling the eco-friendly way means you have to plan in advance. This also helps keep the prices down. Anything you do and consume on your travel can be a way of reducing your carbon footprint (or not). So think carefully about how you get from place to place, what you eat, what you buy and the waste you generate.
Avoid flying (when possible)
Often when it comes to travelling, we think the further away from a location the better. Remember that every corner of the world is beautiful and you can always find somewhere to travel to by train or car. An alternative way is to opt for a longer trip rather than flying to a city for just a weekend. Why not collect your days off so that you can enjoy a longer trip without rushing.
Connect with nature
One of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing is making sure you connect with nature when you travel. Plan for a few hikes on your next trip and really take the time to connect and unplug.
Offset your carbon footprint
In a nutshell, offsetting your carbon footprint is a way of compensating for your emissions by giving money to a project that will help save the carbon dioxide elsewhere. If you’re interested to learn more about all this The Guardian’s “A complete guide to carbon offsetting” is a good place to start.
Think beyond travel
Thinking about how we get to places is one of the most important steps to ensuring we’re travelling with the planet in mind. But it doesn’t stop there. You have to think about everything else too: accommodation, the activities you do, food and etc. For example, make sure you travel with your reusable water bottle so you don’t use plastic when you’re on the go. Maybe opt for plant-based meals when you can to lower your carbon footprint. Avoid shopping and instead enjoy the experience.
There you have it lovelies. A green travel guide to help you plan your next getaway. Your turn now: comment below to share your tips with us.