What is sustainable traveling? Traveling sustainably means being aware of the impact of tourism on the environment and adopting best practices to reduce negative impacts.
Planet Earth has limited resources and mass tourism is threatening its existence. Therefore, sustainable travel is a way of conserving nature rather than making it a commodity to attract tourists.
The term sustainable travel refers to the adoption of sustainable practices with the goal of minimizing the negative impacts and maximizing the positive impacts of tourism.
Here are a few away to have a more sustainable journey:
1. Eco-friendly accommodations
Staying in eco-friendly accommodation reduces the impact of tourism on the environment. Staying in eco-friendly tourist accommodation also supports the local economy. In fact, most eco-lodges offer zero-mile organic food.
2. Optimal use of environmental resources
The main problem is that the consumption of environmental resources exceeds their ability to regenerate, leading to climate change and biodiversity loss.
3. Travel slowly
Traveling slowly protects the environment and saves money. Choosing the train over other means of transport, for example, reduces environmental impact and is a more cost-effective option. But that’s not all. If you travel slowly, you can also enjoy the scenery along the way.
4. Public transport use
Public transport use reduces air pollution and improves congestion. Using public transport reduces the number of cars on the road and releases less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In addition, the reduced number of vehicles reduces congestion on the roads.
8. Eat Local Food
Eating local food keeps food fresh and benefits local businesses. In fact, locally produced food does not require transportation and is therefore fresh and nutritious. In addition, consuming local products supports the local economy and contributes to increasing employment and income within a community (tourism multiplier effect).
7. Say NO to single-use plastic
Say NO to single-use plastic to reduce pollution. Plastic production uses fossil fuels and therefore releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. In addition, 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year (source: National Geographic) endangering marine life.