Tips for Sustainable Travel
Today, May 22nd, is the International Day for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. It also happens to be the day that I depart for a holiday in Halifax. With those two things in mind, I thought today would be a good opportunity to share some tips for sustainable travel.
- Whenever possible, book a non-stop flight since takeoffs and landings are what create the most carbon emissions.
Book your flight with an International Air Transport Association member who offers a carbon offset program to make up for all the air pollution caused by flying.
- Before you book your hotel, check for eco-friendly certifications granted by local organizations
- Look into the hotel's environmental initiatives such as energy-efficient lighting, recycling programs, and solar panels.
- Take any leftover toiletries with you, since the hotel will likely just throw them in the trash and you can reuse the bottles on your next trip.
- Pack a refillable water-bottle to save on plastic throughout your trip
- Limit water use by taking showers instead of baths and turning water off when brushing your teeth/shaving/etc.
- Use your sheets/towels more than once. Use your Do Not Disturb sign to indicate you don't need the linens changed every single day. This also cuts down on the use of chemical cleaning products, and saves electricity caused by vacuuming.
- Returns maps/brochures to the museum or gallery front desk when you're done you're visit.
- Use local public transportation whenever possible to save both gas and money.
- Never feed local wildlife. It disrupts the local ecology and makes animals dependent on humans.
- When buying souvenirs, support local business owners and artisans to give back to the local economy.
There are many things you can do to remain socially and environmentally conscious while travelling, both at home and abroad. These are just a few simple things you can easily incorporate on your next holiday to travel in a more sustainable way.