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5 ways to travel more sustainably in Australia

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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.

Bike it

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.

Stay sustainably

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.

5 Travel Hacks for the Eco-Conscious

5 Travel Hacks for the Eco-Conscious

Becoming an eco-conscious traveller doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact an increasing number of people are becoming more aware and active in looking after our planet to ensure it’s beauty remains for us to enjoy. With this in mind we are dishing out our eco-warrior travel hacks to help you get to grips with some of the easiest ways to ensure you remain green throughout your travels in Australia.

Bin Plastic Toothbrushes

It’s advised that you change your toothbrush every 3 months, and so in a years worth of travel you will use and bin around 4 toothbrushes! The year up to February 2018 Australia welcomed 8.9 million international visitors to it’s shores and with a current resident population of close to 25 million that’s a lot of toothbrushes!  Scrap the plastic toothbrush that takes hundreds of years to decompose and opt for the greener natural bamboo toothbrush.

Say NO to Straws

It’s quite simple – say no to straws! With the exception of those who need them for medical reasons, straws are not needed to drink water or beverages. No global usage figures exist, but according to the National Park Service, Americans alone use 500 million straws daily. To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That’s 46,400 school buses every year! Ditch the straw today!

Buy Pre-loved!

You are on the road and not in need of expensive items. Hit the charity shops and markets and purchase pre-loved travel items. Whether its clothing for farm work or interiors to deck out your trusty vehicle not only will you be saving pennies but you’ll be saving the planet too!

Use Reusable Water Bottles

The Guardian reported how “a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change”. Grab a refillable bottle and request water refills from bars and restaurants throughout your travels. Avoid the temptation of purchasing

Use Reusable Bags

We use 5 trillion plastic bags… per year! That’s 160,000 a second! And over 700 a year for every single person on the planet. And if that hasn’t already horrified you you can see plastic pollution rise in real time. Use and re-use is our motto! Always keep a reusable bag shoved in your handbag or pocket. You never know when it might come in handy!


So that’s just 5 eco-warrior travel hacks but there are heaps more. Stay tuned and keep up to date with our mission to becoming the first Carbon Neutral Tour Operator in Australia.