It’s easy to forget all those sustainability efforts you make at home when you start that long awaited adventure. But travelling can have a big impact on the environment so it’s important to keep your sustainable efforts in check. Here are 10 ways to be a more sustainable traveler:
1. Be eco-accom-picky
Businesses need to consider how they are contributing to a more sustainable future. Holiday accommodation is no exception. Before booking your next trip, check out what your hotel’s sustainability initiatives are (if any). Common eco-friendly initiatives include using solar power, energy-efficient lighting, and low-flow toilets.
2. Stick to the trail
Perhaps you want to explore that intriguing rustling noise you heard, or you think you could get an insta-worthy shot if you just headed a little deeper into the bushland. Think again! Exploring areas off the designated trail could mean serious damage to the native flora, along with any animals that rely on this delicate ecosystem for their survival.
3. Road trippin’
Planning a group road trip? Try to minimise the number of cars on the road by car pooling. Not only can this save on petrol costs, you’re doing your bit for mother nature by reducing your carbon emissions. Just make sure that one friend doesn’t pack a whole months worth of outfits for your weekend trip – things could get a little squishy!
4. Water warrior
Just because you’re not paying the water bill on your getaway, doesn’t mean all your water conservation efforts should go down the drain. Remember to turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth, reuse your towels, and take a shower over a bath. Did you know a 10 minute shower uses around 100 litres of water! Now that’s a lot of water.
5. Avoid a ranger rescue
Feel like an off-the-whim bushwalk? Is mother nature calling your name? Before you head out, make sure you check the weather conditions and the trails terrain before you go. It’s also a good idea to let someone know of your plans. This little bit of thought could go a long way – no one wants to call on a ranger rescue and drain public resources unnecessarily.
6. Do your bit, and a bit more
We all know you shouldn’t litter, especially when you’re in national parks. Carrying a separate bag to store your rubbish until you can dispose of it properly is the way to go. But what about when you see other people’s trash along the way? Take your sustainability efforts a step further and pick up anything extra you notice.
7. Please don’t feed the birds
It’s hard to say no to those feathered and fluffy friends who just to help you finish off that left-over snagger on the bbq. But as harmless as it may seem, these animals can become reliant on humans for food which can lead to dependency and even. No one wants to get hurt, so let’s do our bit by keeping our food to ourselves.
8. Return the map or go digital
Ever visited a tourist centre and taken a million brochures, to find them hardly used and in the trash? Next time, why not return them, or better yet see if they have digital versions available so you don’t need to take them in the first place.
9. Plastic not so fantastic
Avoid single use plastics by bringing along reusable items such as BPA free water bottles, cloth shopping bags for those supermarket trips, and some tupperware containers for any leftovers. When getting takeaway, look out for unnecessary plastic cutlery and sauce packets that are often chucked in the bag.
10. Eat local
Eating local produce is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Not only does it allow for a more authentic travelling experience, and greater connection with locals, you are reducing the demand for carbon heavy imported products.