Hi travellers! The world’s a pretty awesome place or you
wouldn’t be travelling to see it. =) I’m sure you’ve all lived
it - travel is an incredible life-changing experience. The
world’s given a lot to us, so let’s do our part to preserve
this crazy-awesome planet. We’ve put together some tips on
reducing our impact while travelling with the help of
Sustainable Travel International (STI).
10 ways to travel green and feel good about it
- Use lighter modes of transportation.
Can you walk? Take the bus? Ride a bike? Use public
transportation or rent hybrid vehicles wherever possible.
Cool thing is – you actually see more of a place when you
travel this way. Plus walking helps you avoid putting on
the dreaded travel-15 ;)
- Buy local.
Exotic food is cool, but it’s got to get to where you are.
Likewise, be sure that local people benefit from your trip
by keeping your money within the community. For instance,
eat at a local ma-and-pa diner or explore the region with
a local tour operator. Feel more connected to the place
you’re visiting by interacting with those REALLY in the
know. You might get some cool insight.
- Support environmental conservation
Choose the destinations and attractions you visit based on
how tourism is handled there. Pick places that place a
priority on local conservation. Find out what companies
capitalize on tourism to strengthen their conservation
efforts. This is especially important for protected areas
and wildlife habitats. You’ll feel a lot better about your
visit, knowing that you helped preserve these incredible
places simply by visiting
- Respect local cultures
Make your stay as low impact as possible for the people
living there – accept the differences of other cultures
and immerse yourself in them. Learn the local customs
and social norms before you visit, and even try to speak
as much of their language as possible. Plus, this is
just part of what make traveling so much fun in the first
- Minimize your use of natural resources
Consider the efficient use of water, energy and fuel as
well as the method of waste disposal you use while abroad –
use reusable water bottles wherever possible – remember the
basic R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle! ;)
- Eat locally grown, sustainably harvested food
What kind of foods are you eating? Are they locally produced?
Organically grown? Surprise – locally available food that is
sustainably harvested tastes better too! (And for goodness sake,
don’t pay anyone serving endangered species!!!)
- Offset your carbon footprint
Flying is great except it wreaks havoc on the environment.
Offset the damage done to the environment by buying carbon
credits that go towards funding high quality projects that
remove carbon from the atmosphere. It’s relatively inexpensive
and the projects themselves are pretty interesting.
(Find out more about carbon offset programs)
- Volunteer abroad
Voluntourism Rocks! From our super-scientific study, volunteering
internationally is way more fun, far more social, and definitely
more rewarding. Plus - you get to interact with locals in ways
you just can’t otherwise.
- Choose responsible travel suppliers
Lots of cool travel companies out there go out of their way to
make their work as beneficial as possible to the natural world, to
the local economies they are involved in, and the people and
cultures they interact with. Let’s send a message by supporting
them! (Things to keep in mind when looking for responsible travel
- Give back to the communities you've visited
There are a number of ways in which you can give back to the
local communities that have accepted you.
Be sure to check out
Sustainable Travel International - they are THE
not-for-profit organization that's doing everything they can right now to
promote sustainable tourism around the world - let them know just how
much we appreciate their work. ;)
Want to donate? Find out how.
Happy green travels!
-- Team GeckoGo