World Tourism Day 2021: A beginner's guide to eco-conscious travelling
- Choose a destination committed to long-term sustainability
- Travel with brands that believe in going green
- Pack as light as you can. Fewer the emissions, the better
Travelling “green” or eco-conscious travel can seem practically difficult. However, your one simple act of hopping on a train, or worse, a plane can be extremely detrimental to the environment because of your expanded carbon footprint. To keep in check the pollution, one should take steps that positively influence the planet. So here’s a beginner’s guide to eco-conscious travelling.
Trust the process and you’ll learn to enjoy it.
Consider your carbon footprint
You may not be able to influence your neighbours and friends to think consciously about their carbon footprint, but you can always take responsibility for your own. Avoid taking flights. Rather, use a train to travel or a greener mode of transport. In case you do take a flight, take one that drops you directly at your destination to avoid wastage of fuel on stopovers. Also, it is even better to choose a destination committed to long-term sustainability.
Travel with ethical travel brands
Travel with brands that believe in going green. The ones that have kept sustainability at the heart of their business are your best options. Furthermore, choose to stay at eco-friendly properties, or better yet, go for a homestay. Go local, as they say. That being said, it gives you direct access to local culture and experience.
Do not leave trace
It is imperative to not litter. Consider wherever you go as your personal property and respect it enough to keep it clean. Also, instead of buying water bottles and discarding them as you go, choose to drink from natural resources. All you have to do is keep one bottle and refill it whenever required.
Pack as light as you can. Fewer the emissions, the better. You can omit the things that you can rent or borrow later at the destination.
Eat food that is sourced locally and easily to avoid extra carbon emissions. Drown in the culture of your destination and travel like you are a part of the community. Also, avoid dietary restrictions.