Traveling in an eco friendly way is a great way to give back to the environment. Traveling can be quite a harmful activity for the environment, if you’re not doing it properly and not doing your research – so you should feel good about making the effort to travel in a green, environmentally-friendly manner – as every little helps.
There are, of course, various ways you can impact the world in this way – and lots of ways you can improve your carbon footprint and help the environment whilst travelling. One of the main ways when travelling, is choosing your modes of transport properly and properly considering every option available to you. This is unsurprising I think – as we all know that modern transportation is one of the most toxic things that harms our environment. So take charge here and embrace your new found respect for the environment.
Here are some of the most powerful ways you can make a difference:
1. Let’s Start at the Beginning
Your journey starts the very moment you leave the house – so ensure you get public transport (rather than a car or taxi) to the airport when your trip begins. This is already making a big difference – so you should feel great about getting your trip off to a good start! Most towns and cities will have shuttles or buses heading to the airport – and a quick browse on the internet will point you in the right direction.
2. Fly with a Newer Aircraft
Newer aircrafts have been proven to be more environmentally friendly – so if you can request at the time of booking, that you be travelling on your fleets newer aircrafts. The newer planes use less energy and have a better efficiency of fuel – which means you can rest easy knowing you’ve reduced your carbon footprint a little.
3. When You Land
It can be daunting when you arrive in a new place, and it can be pretty easy to just opt for the a private limo or taxi to your hotel. The truth is though – most major airport have cheap public transport on offer. When you arrive at the airport, ask the information desk at the airport the best way of getting into the city. It might be a train, a tram, a subway line, a bus or even a little shuttle mini bus. All of which are miles better for the environment than the taxi you were planning on taking!
4. When Changing Destinations
For travellers and backpackers – it’s common to flit between destinations every couple of days or weeks. For this – try to avoid planes, and see if there are any eco friendly transport options available. This may take longer, but it will likely cost less too and you’ll get to take in more as you travel on land instead of by air. Look for coaches, public transport or trains – all of those are great options. If you can – opt for the train over anything else though, because a train is more environmentally friendly an carries more people (making your carbon footprint smaller).
5. Use Eco-Friendly Tours
In most destinations there are many tours and day trips open to tourists. When you’re looking to book one of these – browse around for the eco friendly options. You’d genuinely be surprised at how many niche tours there are now for those looking to protect the environment, so keep a look out for any you can take advantage of during your trip.
6. Use Eco-Cabs
In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, there are now licensed cab companies that pride themselves on their USP. These eco friendly cab companies are not only driven in eco friendly electrical cars, but they also replant trees in developing nations too – to offset and give back any energy used. When you arrive in your destination, do a quick Google search and see if anything similar operates in the area.
This article was written by Wan Phing, resident travel writer and editor at AsiaRooms.com. Born in Penang, Malaysia (home of good food and Jimmy Choo), she is the ideas machine behind the blog. She loves coffee, books, films, stand-up comedy and peanut butter (smooth, not chunky). She loves wandering around aimlessly in strange cities, but she always has one purpose – to save the world through content marketing ROI, one blog post at a time.
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