Sustainable Travel - How To Sustainably Travel Abroad

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With lockdown measures easing, travel is becoming more accessible again. While this is exciting news, it means that the pollution levels will rise again. If your heart is set on travelling, here are 8 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. From your mode of transport to the way you spend your money, there are so many ways to travel sustainably!

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Stay At Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Many countries offer eco-friendly accommodation which is carbon neutral and self-sufficient. Whether you're having a staycation or travelling abroad, there are lots of eco-friendly offerings for you to consider. Some resorts are carbon-neutral, while others are strictly plastic-free. These places are beautiful and offer so much for your money. Many of them have eco-friendly spas and cultural experiences for you to indulge in. Here are some gorgeous places that you could consider!

  • Six Senses, Con Dao, Vietnam
  • The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK
  • The Zetter Hotel, London, UK
  • Blue Apple, Columbia
  • Cuixmala, Mexico
  • Garonga, South Africa
  • Whitepod, Switzerland

Think About Your Transport

Where possible, take a boat, rather than a plane. If you can't avoid air travel, fly with a carbon-neutral airline. There are lots of airlines which are trying to reduce their carbon emissions. If your flight is long-haul, book a flight that doesn't stop. Other ways you can travel sustainably is by walking or cycling. Once you're at your destination, rent a bike and cycle around! Cycling is a fun way to explore your destination. It is good for your health and body! If you're unable to cycle or walk, use public transport or rent an electric car. These ways aren't perfect, but they're better than other options. It can be hard to travel sustainably, but there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint instead. 

Spend Your Money Locally

Instead of buying from global tour companies and chain restaurants, buy from local, small sellers. Your money will be more appreciated, and you'll be helping the locals. Visit markets, independent cafes and wildlife reserves if you're looking to spend your pennies. Spending your money locally is important for sustainability. It puts money in their economy and can help their way of life. If you spend with big chains, the money will most likely end up back in your own economy. When you're visiting another country and using their resources, it's better to support them. If you're stuck, do your research beforehand. Don't be afraid to speak to the locals about their own recommendations. You might find some hidden gems!

Don't Leave Waste

Whatever you go with, bring it back with you. Don't leave waste, especially if it goes straight to landfill. Avoid disposable razors, single-use plastics and buying products with unrecyclable packaging. There are so many swaps you can make to avoid leaving waste. You can swap disposable razors for metal alternatives and plastic bottles with reusable steel ones. Leaving waste, especially litter, can harm the environment. Use a bin or take the rubbish home with you. There is no excuse for littering, and there are so many eco-friendly swaps you can make to reduce your waste. 

Do Green Activities

It's tempting to drive cars around island dirt tracks or see the city from the sky. If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint, it is worth looking into green activities. Hiking, volunteering and safaris are all eco-friendly activities that you could try. It will be hard to remain carbon neutral, but some activities are better than others. You could also live like a local and visit libraries, museums and markets as a form of entertainment. Research the local area to see what they offer. You might find some amazing eco-friendly activities!

Get Your Food Ethically 

It's easy to order your favourite dish from a menu, but do you know where the food has come from? If you're making your own food, it's worth looking into local markets and purchasing from independent businesses. Most sellers would have grown the food themselves without pesticides and chemicals. It's worth asking them if you're unsure. When you're eating out, consider if the food is native to the country. Importing food uses a lot of carbon for transportation. If you're having a sustainable vacation, see if you can only eat from restaurants that source locally. It's also important to indulge in the local culture! If your destination avoids meat or dairy, that's a small change to make for just a week. Try to avoid leaving food waste - Whatever you purchase, make sure you eat it!

Do Your Research

Every country has its own rules and regulations. It's important to know what they're doing to move towards a sustainable future. For example, did you know that Zero Island in Sweden turned carbo neutral in just a year! Do your research on the issues that your destination is facing, and see what you can do to help that. Many of the hotels I spoke about earlier have wildlife reserves. Making a donation, volunteering or visiting the reserves can make a massive difference. It's also worth researching about the local area, and seeing what local businesses you can support. Knowing where your money will go is important when travelling sustainably. You don't want to be financing big, unethical corporations!

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Travelling is an amazing experience, and we can do it responsibly. There are so many amazing places out there that are going carbon neutral. I'd love to visit all of the places I have listed, and am excited to start travelling in the future. Research is the key to pulling off eco-friendly holidays. What eco-friendly resort would you like to visit? Let me know what you've been doing to travel sustainably! 

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  1. These are great ideas! Honestly I don't think I've ever really thought about sustainable travel like this, but there are so many easy things that you can do to make a difference. I really like your ideas of spending money locally and getting food ethically

  2. These are great ideas for travelling sustainably, I love the list of places to stay that are sustainable! x

    Lucy |

  3. Love this! Not only are you helping the planet by these actions, you’re also pushing the travel industry to a more sustainable mindset. I’ll definitely take these into account when I travel next time!

  4. Love this post! I've never thought about sustainable travel. There are so many ways to make a difference to help our environment. I'll keep these ideas in mind next time I go abroad.

    Rashidah x |

  5. Suuper useful post! I try to do all those when I travel both out of respect for the people of the place and for the environment. True, they don't always work out but I am trying :) Thanks for encouraging and offering ideas and help to those who are interested in sustainable travel!


  6. These are really good tips! I love to travel but I've become much more eco conscious this year an I want to make sure I apply some of these tips when I do get to travel again! Great post

  7. These are all some wonderful tips travelling sustainably! Research is a must I think

    Mel 🌙 | Moonlight Mel

  8. Thanks for sharing these tips, the all good for ways to reduce our carbon footprint when travelling :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

  9. These tips were so helpful, thanks for sharing! Will definitely be keeping these in mind when I travel next! :) xx