Did you know that every time you travel you leave a carbon footprint that contributes to global warming? When you travel on a plane, drive a car or even turn on the lights in your hotel, remember that you will be emitting greenhouse gases and promoting climate change. Knowing this, should you stop traveling all together? Of course not! According to many environmentalists, through travel, you can increase the awareness and appreciation of the earth. You just need to keep in mind that you have to reduce your carbon footprint and take all the necessary steps for an eco-friendly trip.
Overseas travel could have made more environmental friendly by opting for eco-tours available in the country to be visited. Often composed of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and mountain climbing, eco-tours are best for physically active individuals. Not only do they get to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of a place, they are able to do it in a healthy and enjoyable way too.
However, eco-tours are not the only way to have an eco-friendly travel. There is some energy saving tips that could be done especially for people who want to travel abroad. The first consideration should be to less air travel. Energy consumption and carbon emissions are far heavier in air travel compared to other modes of transportation. Overseas travel would have had less impact when one would opt to explore a single locale rather than having several short trips around the region to be visited.
If you are thinking of buying souvenirs for your family and friends, consider the space you will need to store them inside your bag. Avoid buying extra bags for these purchases, especially those which are made of plastic and paper. Aside from the ecological considerations, packing only the essentials means that you have a lighter bag to carry, keep in mind that air travel is the most energy-consuming mode of transportation.
It also emits a huge amount of greenhouse gases. If you can avoid it, then do it, after all, there may still be parts of the city, region or country you have not visited yet, Try to stay long in one area instead of jumping from one tourist destination to another. Have a half day picnic under the trees in a National Park or take kids swimming for the day. When you do this, you avoid driving cars to get from one place to another. Also, this will allow your family and friends to appreciate and experience the tourist attraction you just visited, Before leaving your home, hotel or resort, be sure to turn off and unplug all appliances that are not in use, when exploring the locale, try as much as possible to use the public transportation available such as the bus, train, or taxi. Opt for walking or biking whenever possible. Not only is this cheaper, it is also unhealthy and a more enjoyable way to travel around the area.
Buy food that is locally produced. This is one of the most important pieces of travel advice I can give you. Not only will this help local farmers, you will also get to appreciate local cuisine and reduce the carbon footprint in the production of the food. It is equally important to save water. According to studies, people use more water when they travel. When shaving, brushing, washing or taking a bath, do not let the water run without you need it. Remember, every drop counts.
Finally, you can try to offset unavoidable carbon footprint by supporting projects aimed at environmental conservation and those which promote renewable energy and energy saving.
By doing all these steps, you are sure to enjoy a guilty-free trip on your vacation. Now, you can enjoy and appreciate both the natural sights and beautiful places of the world and contribute to preserving the environment at the same time.