Do you want to make the world a better place all while seeing the world? If you’re trying to travel on a budget and leave less of a footprint on the world, here are some ideas of how to do it.
Book Nonstop Flights
Airplanes burn a higher amount of fuel during takeoffs and landings, so try to find flights that are nonstop. This also makes your travel time quicker and more enjoyable. Sometimes nonstop can be more expensive, but if you look at the right time, you can get a good price. Finance the flights with a Visa Platinum card to get extra travel points.
This one is important. Have you ever gone on a trip and packed a bunch of clothes, lots of accessories, and then used about half the items you packed? Most of us do the same thing! So pack light. This way, you won’t have to pay baggage fees, you create less work for yourself and the airport workers, and you consume less.
Use Public Transportation
Not only is using public transportation a great way to save on your carbon emissions, but it’s also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and see more of the area you’re visiting. Walking to and from different tourist spots will also leave less of a footprint. Plus, walking is free! Again, walking the city or area you visit is a great way to experience it and feel great.
Bring Your Own Water
Plastic is terrible for the environment, and depending on where you are it can be really expensive to buy new water bottles. So bring your own! Many stores offer bottles that keep your drinks cold, and some even have built-in filters!
Find ways to reuse bags and other items that you might normally throw away. Pack smart by bringing your own personal hygiene items so you don’t have to use the hotel soaps and shampoos.
Stay on the Path
If you are hiking somewhere, stay on the path. Walking off the designated trail can destroy microorganisms and habitats that the local ecosystem relies on. Always practice “Leave No Trace” and make sure that you’re not disrupting the plants, rocks or artifacts so that others can enjoy them.
Shop, Eat, and Drink Local
Staying local saves on shipping costs, lessens the impact of shipping on the environment, and provides a one-of-a-kind experience on your trip. Drinking from local breweries is much better for the environment than buying a chain beer.
Farm-to-table dining is popular for a reason—it’s delicious! And it leaves a much smaller footprint on the environment.
One of the best things about visiting a new place is getting souvenirs! Look for small items and handmade items that will make your trip even more memorable.
If you’re away during a holiday or a loved one’s birthday, sending them eco-friendly greeting cards is a great way to let them know you’re thinking of them, and you can get it postmarked in the place you are traveling.
With a little planning, traveling eco-friendly and on a budget is totally a possibility. Take time and thought to where you are going, what you are packing, and how you will spend your trip to save you money and to leave the world better than you found it!