How to embrace the green travel trend
As we become more and more aware of the impact humanity is having on the planet, the popularity of green and environmentally-conscious travel is growing.
Here are some small ways you can make your adventures kinder to the earth.
The road less travelled
There are some places in the world which are so beautiful, it’s hard to resist their charm. The ancient Inca ruin of Machu Picchu, for example, attracts thousands of yearly visitors who are doing irreparable damage to the site.
However, with a bit of research, you can find alternative destinations which are less crowded and run more sustainably. The nearby Ollantaytambo, for example, retains its original Inca walls and street grid and is located in the stunning Sacred Valley.
That’s just one example of how straying off the beaten path can serve you with a unique experience, while retaining important sites for future visitors.
Single use plastic is one of the biggest environmental issues we face today, meaning the popularity of plastic free travel is booming.
In essence, to have a plastic free holiday, you need only stick to the principles you adopt at home; carrying a flask instead of a single use plastic bottle (remember to empty it before airport security), taking reusable shopper bags and showing your travel mug in street side cafes (often for a discount).
One of the trickiest things to tackle if you’re trying to go plastic free is mini travel toiletries. However, try investing in a good set of glass travel toiletry bottles to decant your essentials into.
The plastic free travel trend has also been adopted by holiday companies that specialise in plastic free holidays –which do not feature any single use bags, cutlery, plates, wrappers, laundry bags and more.
If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, you can use a calculator to figure out what the impact of your travels will be.
Although it’s by no means a reason to put you off your trip, it’s always worth being mindful of your carbon footprint. It could encourage you to replace one holiday each year with a mini staycation, for example – after all, the UK holds a surprising wealth of travel experiences.
Sticking to food and products that are grown and made locally can massively enhance your travel experience, while helping you stay green. For example, what could be better than staying close to nature in an eco-powered tree house? Buying food and souvenirs from local people? Eating at a restaurant with the finest local ingredients?
In these instances, making your adventures friendlier to the earth is simply a case of changing your mindset and embracing a more relaxed style of travel.
It’s not only important to look after the earth when you’re holidaying. You also need to take care of yourself, which is why the right travel cover is essential.