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Eco-Friendly Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Trip More Sustainable

by Haley Dobrowski | Jul 06, 2023
Sustainable Travel

As hard as it might be to avoid all the negative impacts caused by travel, travel’s carbon footprints could be significantly reduced when conscientious actions are taken. Eco-friendly travel is highly encouraged because not only does it reduce pollution but can also help protect wildlife and the local communities around the world. When preparing for your next trip, consider how you can make a positive impact while traveling. Check out our X eco-friendly travel hacks to make your next trip a more sustainable one.

1. Transportation

Transport choices can be crucial in determining the environmental impact of our travels. When possible, journeys made by train or bus could help, as they have been shown to have a lower carbon footprint compared to air travel. Ideally, non-motorized modes of transport such as cycling or walking can be embraced when exploring local surroundings, as they produce zero emissions and encourage physical fitness.

Public transportation is often ignored in favor of car rentals when traveling, but this approach can be reconsidered. Local buses, trams, and subways might not only be less expensive but can also be more eco-friendly, as they carry many passengers at a time, resulting in a lower per-person carbon footprint.

2. Accommodations

Accommodation selections also play a significant role in our eco-footprint. Eco-lodges or green hotels might be considered, where a commitment to sustainability is exhibited. These establishments often employ energy-saving technologies, waste management strategies, and locally sourced food and materials, thereby greatly reducing their environmental impact. Furthermore, an opportunity to support the local economy is offered when such establishments are selected.

3. Travel Luggage

Travel luggage may also be carefully considered. Single-use plastics, which are notably harmful to the environment, can be largely replaced by reusable water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers. These items not only contribute to waste reduction but also are practical for travelers and recommended to be part of every travel kit.

4. Local Economies

The exploration of local cuisine can be a delightful aspect of traveling. However, care could be taken to ensure that sustainable practices are supported. Meals at locally owned restaurants using locally sourced ingredients should be preferred. By selecting local-owned restaurants to dine at, you can contribute to local economies and help reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance food transportation. You may want to avoid over-packaged snacks and drinks, often these can be the culprits of excessive waste.

An important principle to follow in all aspects of travel is "think local". Why not take advantage of services from local businesses as much as possible? This can extend to local guides for tours, locally made souvenirs for keepsakes, and even local transport options. This not only boosts the local economy but can also result in a more genuine and enriching travel experience.

Shopping is an inevitable part of traveling. However, environmentally friendly options could be a good choice when buying souvenirs. Items made of sustainable materials by local artisans are ideal. This supports local artistry and can reduce the carbon footprint associated with mass-produced, plastic souvenirs often imported from far-off places.

5. Preserving Nature & Resources

An important part of travel is the exploration of natural spaces. These spaces need to be treated with the utmost respect. The leave-no-trace principles are to be considered every time you step out.

Every destination has its unique flora and fauna, which should be respected. We recommend that any kind of interaction with wildlife that may cause disturbance or harm should be avoided.

When venturing out into nature, whether it be a forest, beach, or mountain it would be best if nothing, but footprints were left behind. Any litter, even if biodegradable, needs to be disposed of properly. Not only does this keep the area clean, but it also protects wildlife that could potentially be harmed by ingesting or getting entangled in the waste.

Lastly, the concept of 'voluntourism', or volunteer tourism could be a wonderful way to give back to the communities visited and can have a lasting positive impact. Whether it is helping in a local school, contributing to a construction project, or participating in a beach cleanup, the experience can be rewarding on a personal level and beneficial for the environment and local community.

6. Digital Documents

Digital versions of travel documents are an alternative to consider whenever possible, reducing the need for printing and therefore saving paper. Boarding passes, hotel booking confirmations, and even city maps are available digitally and can be conveniently stored on mobile devices.


Ultimately, eco-friendly travel is not about sacrificing enjoyment; rather, it is about making mindful choices that benefit the planet. Every action taken to reduce the environmental impact of traveling can contribute to the bigger picture: a sustainable future for our world. Sustainable travel is a journey that can be taken by everyone. The shared responsibility of preserving our planet can be embraced by adopting these eco-friendly travel hacks. Remember that every effort counts, no matter how small. Each time you travel out; consider protecting your travel investment with travel protection. To learn more about our plans, talk to your travel advisor or visit our website.




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