With the vacation leaves, Christmas breaks, and family reunions all lined up and ready to go, everyone is raring to go out and travel with their friends, family, and loved ones this Christmas season. But before we start packing our bags, and finalizing our travel itineraries, let’s take a step back and think about how we can try to offset our environmental impact, without completely overhauling our trips.
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you travel more sustainably this holiday season!
Tip number 1: Pick your destination wisely
We suggest picking a travel destination that supports environmentally sustainable initiatives! A quick search in google will give you a list of travel destinations that have been known to practice sustainable tourism.
In fact, we recently released an article that showcased some really amazing sustainable tourism destinations. You can check it out here!
Tip number 2: Plan out the best way to get there
Carefully layout all the different ways you can get to your destination, and consider the carbon emissions of each of your options. It’s good to consider options like carpooling or taking landtrips instead of plane rides. Research from the World Bank shows that the transportation sector accounts for 20.5% of CO2 emissions across the globe.
Let’s all do our part in bringing those numbers down!
Tip number 3: Opt for more environmentally sustainable activities
Instead of taking your dirt bike up the mountains, why not opt to go trekking instead? Instead of going skydiving, why not opt to go cliff jumping instead? Everything we do produces carbon emissions; however, the amount of carbon emissions produced vary per activity.
Tip number 4: Reduce food waste, and avoid single-use plastics
Let’s all remember to eat responsibly this holiday season; not just health-wise, but environment-wise as well. We can start by bringing our own baonan, our own utensils, and our own water bottles when we get takeout, or eat at restaurants that offer the use of single-use plates and utensils.
If you want to take things a notch higher, you can opt to consume less meat and dairy, and start consuming veggies more! A report from the UN Environment states that greenhouse gases produced from animal agriculture rival that the greenhouse gases produced by the transportation sector.
Tip number 5: Limit the water and electricity you consume
This can be as simple as turning off the shower or the faucet when you don’t need to rinse yourself, or turning off the lights when they are clearly not needed.
Water and electricity are sadly not limitless resources, let’s keep working on reducing our use of them 😉
Tip number 6: Leave no trace
Whether up in the hiking up in the mountains, or scuba diving in the sea, let’s make sure you don’t disrupt the ecosystem you are staying in. Avoid taking seashells or starfishes when you’re out in the sea, and dispose of campfires properly when you’re up in the mountains.
And most importantly, make sure you don’t dispose of your trash anywhere!