Ecotourism for Travelers – If you have a passion for:
- Sustaining our environment for future generations
- Saving the planet one trip at a time
- Saving emissions from airplanes, cars and transportation
- Reducing greenhouse gases
- Supporting the local communities you visit
Tourism is a main source of carbon dioxide emissions, with aviation causing up to 20% of the total human-induced emissions.
Wildlife, ecosystems, and local communities are suffering from travelers that aren’t aware of even simple steps they can take to reduce their footprint, save the planet, support local communities, and start making a difference while they are traveling.
We have created this information as a guideline travelers can follow to start being green travelers.
Why should I be a Green Traveler?
- You help save the environment and the planet one trip at a time.
- You save the environment and the treasures of the world for your children and future generations.
- Green travel can be cheaper when you are saving resources, using public transportation, and utilizing trip planning resources.
- Exploring the less traveled paths is an adventurous experience that is “traveling for the soul.”
- An eco traveler learns more about the local environment, culture, and history. This makes for a richer travel experience.
- Walking more, eating healthier, and consuming less means you could lose weight.
- Feel good about yourself and apply that positive mood to everyone you meet on your travels. Think the butterfly effect here.
- Being a green traveler is not so difficult if you follow our tips.
- Being a green traveler is fashionable and you can help more people do the same and save the environment.
Easy Tips for Green Travel – Before, During and After
Follow these easy tips to start being a green traveler and show the world that you care about the environment and local communities you visit.
- Direct Flights – No surprise here. Take off and landing are difficult on the environment including the noise and carbon emissions. So try to fly direct when possible.
- Eco – Accommodations – Search out accommodations that have an eco friendly and sustainable policy. Do they recycle, purchase locally, reduce water consumption wherever possible? One resource for hotels in the US is the Green Hotels Association.
- One Bag – Roll clothes and use space saving vacuum bags to conserve space. Try to travel light to reduce the load on airplanes. The more weight the more pollution.
- Fabrics – Polyester fabrics are light, pack easy, are wrinkle resistant, and dry quickly for multiple usages. You can also purchase our organic t-shirts to support the environment.
- Prepare your Home – Unplug any necessary appliances to save energy before you depart. Appliances draw energy even just while plugged in. Turn the heat and air conditioning off if at all possible while you are gone. Blinds should be tilted upward if you live in a hot climate. In cold areas blinds should be turned downward to allow sunlight to warm your home.
- Vacation Closer to Home – Many people haven’t even explored their own city, state or region.
- Trip Planning – Plan your trip carefully so you maximize your routes to pollute less. A carefully planned route means you can use more public transportation, maximize each mile of your trip, and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Calculate your Carbon Footprint – Use this carbon calculator to see the total emissions from your trip.
During your Trip
- Be Eco-friendly – Be mindful of your water usage. Use your towels and sheets more than once. Turn off lights, TV, heat and air conditioning when going out exploring for the day.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Try to reuse bottles, containers, and cups whenever possible. Take reusable batteries to power your electrical devices. Save your recyclable garbage in a bag until you can properly dispose of it and always search out places to recycle your trash. Don’t EVER litter!
- Respect your Surroundings – Be aware of your environment and local culture. Do not touch or take local plant life, wildlife, or cultural artifacts. Be mindful of rare woods or endangered plants or animals. Don’t stray from designated paths when exploring and don’t trample.
- Observe Cultural Norms – Present yourself in a respectful way based on the local culture. Observe culture norms to avoid offending the local community you visit. Observe body language and gestures as they can be different in other countries.
- Be a World Ambassador – Being respectful, polite, kind, and happy as you travel helps make the world a better place.
- Speak the Local Language – Even a few phrases such as Hello, Thank you, and Please go a long way to giving a good impression to the local community you are visiting.
- Walk, Hike, Bike – get physically and emotionally fit and at the same time reduce your carbon footprint. Some cities have started rent a bike programs.
- Location – Look for accommodations close to public transportation routes. Many countries have useful transportation systems. Let someone else do the driving and just enjoy your sightseeing.
- Public Transportation – Many cities have great subways and transit systems – less hassle for you, trying to find your way around, finding parking. Tires, oil and gasoline are not friends of the environment. Public transportation can save greenhouse gases – more than 20 pounds a day (4,800 pounds a year).
- Car Rentals – If you need to rent a car make sure to choose the smallest, eco-friendly vehicle you can.
- Tours Operators – You can check if they are using hybrid, fuel efficient vehicles. Many tour operators have implemented ecotourism policies to save the environment. Make sure you choose a tour operator who cares about the environment and local community they serve.
- Eat Local Delicacies – Search out restaurants that are locally owned and use local products and offer local specialties. You not only reduce the carbon footprint of your food finding you but you also support the local community. Eat your food inside the restaurant instead of getting it to go so you can save on wasteful packaging.
- Buy Local – Boost the local economy of your destination by purchasing as much as you can once you get there. Put aside a little of your travel budget for such shopping. Especially concentrate on items that you “may” need such as an umbrella, sunscreen, hair products. No reason to pack something if you don’t end up using it. Some things may even be cheaper in another place.
- Shop for Local Produced Souvenirs – Look at local markets, outdoor stands, and little booths for souvenirs that are made by local artists or something the area is known for such as jewelry, paintings or crafts. These are a wonderful ways to support the local community and residents. Skip the mass produced items that just become dust collectors.
- Consumer Goods – There are many examples including the purchase of a re-usable souvenir water bottle that can help save the planet in so many ways. Buy the local spices, tea, honey, coffee, wine or something unique to the region. Be sure to check the customs regulations.
- Trade or Donate Books – if you are a reader you may be able to trade completed books with someone else on your trip or donate to a local library or orphanage.
- Support the Local Community – Donate to support a local attraction you visited or to a cause that protects the local environment. Even a small donation can make a big difference.
After Your Trip
- Currency – Some airports have boxes for unused coins. Or, just give your extra money to a local charity that supports the environment or a cultural treasure.
- Cut Down on Baggage – Leave behind clothes, shoes, umbrella, books, magazines, whatever you can to support local organizations that help the needy. This not only helps those in need but it also lowers your carbon footprint as you fly home.
- Ship Packages – Ship a box home to lighten your load and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Be Eco-friendly Everyday – Many of the tips here including energy and water conservation can be applied to your daily life to help save the environment. And you can always support your local community where you live.