I know for me I love to travel and want to continue doing so as long as I can. Hopefully that is until I am 100 years old. Lately I have been thinking about our resources, especially in America, and how we overuse them. When I travel I try to be as Eco-Friendly as possible, leaving as little of a footprint as possible.
Here are some tips on being Eco-Friendly on your travels:
- Don’t have your towels changed every single day of your trip. After all, when you get out of the shower or bath, you are clean. Just hang it up and it will be dry by the next time you use it.
- Don’t change your sheets in your lodging unless there is a real reason to do so. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
- Pack a water bottle. This is one of the easiest things you can do to help the world. If you can keep refilling your bottle, think of how many bottles you didn’t purchase.
- Walk or ride a bike instead of using a car if you can. Sometimes this can be the best way to experience the places we visit. You never know what adventures may come.
- Bring your own toiletries in bottles. I personally reuse the same bottles every time I travel. Never throwing them away.
- Don’t take 40 minute showers. Sure, it can be nice, but it is also a waste. I try and keep my showers under 5 minutes.
- Turn things off in your room when you leave. Keeping the TV on and every single light is a waste.
- Eat local. This way you will be helping the local economy and getting fresh food at the same time.
- Use items that don’t require power/fuel to be used. You could go sailing which is one of my favorite things to do and the boat is pushed by the wind and sail. Other items include kayaking, riding a bike, canoeing, and walking.
- Use rechargeable batteries. They end up being cheaper in the long run anyway, so its a win-win.
- Stay away from plastic. Try not to put things in all the trash cans around your room. Bring a plastic bag or use one that is there and save all your trash until your trip end. That way the cleaning staff doesn’t give you a new plastic bag every day.
- If you must use a car or another mode of transportation, try using mass transportation or renting a car that is fuel efficient.
I’m not perfect and I don’t always adhere to these items. But the more I travel, the more I realize how important they are. Even if you could only do one or two of these items, that makes an impact. It’s not an all or nothing idea.