“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air or drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” – Carl Sagen
Exploring the world is an ambition of all ages and cultures. We’re curious to know how others live, to visit scenic sites, awe at aspirational architecture and learn more and wildlife and vegetation that lives and grows beyond homes.
While we’re slightly limited in travel options due to recent events, we have a lot of time to spare. So why not plan your next eco friendly adventure while you have the time?
How we tend to travel says a lot about our respect and knowledge of the environment and its health. If you’re conscious about reducing your carbon footprint and protecting mother nature, there are ways to take an adventure that is less damaging to the world.
Below are six top tips to get you started!
There’s a consistent issue amongst travellers, especially those from the UK, to get to their destination quickly. In doing so, often environmentally damaging forms of transport are the first port of call. The most damaging of all transport being aeroplanes.
We can’t deny its colossal impact has contributed extensively to the greenhouse effect. And so, in future, when you consider travelling, consider opting for alternative transportation. Think trains, busses, or if you’re really eco-conscious, an e-bike!
Check out the Ribble electric gravel bike review – it could prove to be a worthwhile eco-friendly investment for your travels! Not to mention it’s perfect for taking in the scenery, the e-bike is also powered by your cycling to create electric energy. This aids your journey and helps you maintain a consistent speed on your travels!
Yes, your journey may take longer, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Travelling is part of the adventure that many people sleep through and miss out on. By opting for eco-friendly travel, you’re choosing to travel with intent to take in your surroundings as you go.
Let’s not rush to the next destination at the expense of the earth’s health!
Although eradicating plastic from your travels might not be entirely feasible, you can reduce a great deal of it with a little effort. How you stay hydrated is a great way to be mindful of your plastic use. While you can’t live without water, you can live without plastic.
Instead use a reusable bottle from home, which will prevent unnecessary plastic reaching landfill; spoiling the earth and oceans. You can also make mini swaps like switching to a bamboo toothbrush from a plastic one.
Also, prepare for your travels by making food in advance, preventing the need for cellophane wrapped takeout food like sandwiches on your trip.
An eco-friendly adventure requires a little forward thinking to make sure you don’t buy unnecessary plastic before you go or on the road!
Minimalism involves living with less, or in your case, travelling with less. By being mindful of what you use, you can prevent buying additional unnecessary items and carrying heavy luggage. This can contribute to extra pressure on whichever form of transport you decide to use.
While packing your belongings, really think about what you’ll use. When travelling, most of us tend to overpack, even though we might not use everything we take! I know I’m guilty of it.
Are there pieces of clothing you can take and reuse while you’re away? Instead of multiple packs of sanitary towels or tampons, could you consider using a menstrual cup? Instead of a plastic bottle of body wash, an eco-friendly cleansing soap would be smaller, lighter and kinder to the environment.
Fewer purchases and less luggage equates to less waste and environmental damage. It also adds to a growing interest in thinking and living a more sustainable lifestyle.
It’s not just how you travel and what you take that affects the environment, it’s also where you stay. There’s an increasing number of organisations that support the notion of sustainable living and incorporate these practices into their business.
Eco-friendly hotels, camping sites, and eco-lodges are a great alternative to conventional hotels.
On your travels, if you can’t pack all the food you need to tide you over, opt for local eateries who use locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The less food has had to travel to reach your plate, the less damage it does to the environment!
Furthermore, dairy and meat industries infamously put additional strain on planetary resources, so consider opting for more plant-based options.
Last but not least, activities are a natural inclusion on most holidays. They allow you to fill your time and experience fun new things that you might not get to try elsewhere. However, for an eco friendly adventure, you’ll want to consider environmentally conscious activities.
A few fun green activities include making a raft, taking a bike ride, or a walk around the local sites. If in doubt, opt for a sustainable activity! Less energy, pollution, and plastic oriented activities equate to a greener way of having fun on your adventure.
“The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We’re all interconnected and what you do to the environment, ultimately, you do to yourself.” – Ian Somerhalder.
By taking each step across the world in an eco-friendly manner, your respect and love for the earth will [hopefully] inspire others to do the same!
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.