7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

By María Álvarez Pérez, Sustainability Editor, Mona

 

There is no doubt that the way we travel and the way we discover the world around us has changed radically in the last decades. Not so many years ago, traveling was a luxury that only a few could afford... Nevertheless now is something available to everyone, which is a wonderful fact in hundreds of aspects, but it also has its negative consequences. And the truth is that the tourist overexploitation of some areas of the world is ending with hundreds of natural ecosystems, so it is very important to reflect on what kind of environmental footprint we are leaving behind us.

 

It is very important to be aware of the harmful effects of some behaviors we practice when we travel. Not only to the environment but also to the cultures and with to people whom we interact with. The key is to assume our responsibility and to understand that, however little we do, it will always be more than doing nothing.

 

Let’s see 7 easy tips to keep in mind everytime we travel in order to reduce our environmental impact.

 

1. Try not to travel always by airplane

 

It’s true that flying is the fastest way to travel, and sometimes even the cheapest or the only feasible. But it is also true that many times we do not stop to consider other options. It is estimated that airplanes account for the 3% of the CO2 of the European Union and that, at this rate, in a few years it could represent the 15%. So before hiring any flight, find out about more ecological alternatives

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

 

2. Flee from overcrowded destinations

 

Overexploited destinations provide great benefits to the economy of a country, but without control that can cause serious impacts on the environment. Our planet is very big, so there is no reason to go to the same places. In addition, you will find how many advantages traveling to less touristy places have.

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

 

3. Minimize waste generation

 

Waste is an important source of pollution and not all countries have modern waste management systems ... so try to generate the minimum waste as possible. Start by avoiding packaged food, for example. Plastic take thousands of years to degrade, so it accumulates in our oceans and forests, causing irreparable damage

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

 

4. Be careful with activities with animals

 

It is very important not imitate what we see on social media about activities with animals in exotic countries. However unforgettable the experience may be, you have to think and learn about the conditions to which they are subjected to. Bet on activities where animals are free and are not forced.

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

 

5. Respect traditions and favor local economy

 

When traveling there is an important cultural clash between communities. This does not have to be negative, on the contrary, it can be very beneficial for both parties as long as the traditions of each country are respected. Adapt yourself to their rhythm of life, and dare to taste their food, to learn their language and even to interact with the locals.

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

 

6. Bet on eco-friendly hotels

 

Among all the options, try to choose the one that is most respectful both with the environment. There are international certificates that indicate which hotels are more sustainable (if they recycle, if they use respectful cleaning products, etc.). Even so, if you do not find any alternative, you can always make a more responsible use of the hotel you are staying in.

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

 

6. Lean on technology and reusable options

 

7 tips for traveling in a more sustainable way

 

If you are one of those who love adventures, using reuse options will not only be beneficial for the environment, but also it will help you saving space. Technology, for example, can be a great ally: tickets, reservations, maps and guides are always better in a digital format, so you will not consume so much paper.

 

 

By María Álvarez Pérez, Sustainability Editor, Mona

 

María Álvarez Pérez