With more and more of us getting out there and exploring every corner of the planet, more often and travelling further and further away from home, it’s now more important than ever to consider our impact on the environment. Back in the days of the single two-week package holiday a year, the global environmental impact was pretty minimal and localised. But today far flung travel, especially to remote corners of the globe like Australia, is an almost universal right of passage. It’s about adventure and experiences and creating incredible memories, but when you’re out there having your jaw dropped at every turn, the environmental impact of just being there is often far from our minds. But planning a trip with a more eco conscious approach pays dividends down the line. Smart decisions on how to travel from A to B, where to stay and how to make more sustainable choices in general benefits not only the planet for now, but for future generations of travellers. And it’s pretty damn easy to be honest.
Share the ride
Need to get across the Nullabor Plain or from Melbourne over to Sydney? The next time you’re planning a trip, truly consider your options. Travelling with other like-minded travellers cuts back on the amount of cars on the road, the cost and your impact on the planet. Consider joining a group tour or just ask around and see who’s going in the same direction. Flying may be quick, but it means missing out on all that good stuff in between. And it’s the places you find along the journey that are often the most memorable. Grab a bus ticket rather than a plane ticket, or hire a car and cram it with new mates. Avoid the skies and the planet will thank you.
If there’s one piece of kit that will keep on giving in terms of eco kudos, it’s the humble bike. Dirt cheap, readily available and by far the best way to explore a new place on your own terms, bikes have zero environmental impact and are good for your health too. Download the local city bike rental app or just rent one locally. Getting around by bike is one of the best choices you can make.
Watch your water
Often overlooked but one of the biggest environmental concerns around is water waste. Invest in a cheap shower timer and limit your shower to 3 minutes – yes, it’s possible! Only wash clothes when they’re truly dirty and save the baths for sub zero temperatures only.
Choose locally run, independent guesthouses and hostels. This not only supports local communities but the more simple a place is, the less impact you’ll be having on the planet. A fan cooled room is a more eco conscious choice than an air conditioned one, and nothing beats the personal touch of a local guesthouse.
Travel with reusables
Endless plastic water bottles are clogging up the ocean, literally. Bring your own water bottle with you and refill it whenever you can. Put shampoo, shower gel and any other liquids into reusable bottles and choose environmentally friendly washing powder when it comes to laundry.
Little changes make a big difference. It’s simple and so true! Want to travel in a more sustainable way? Chat to the eco conscious folks over at Bare Travels for some impartial advice on the best eco tours around.