How to Stay Eco-Friendly On the Road. The planet is our home and a place that we have a tremendous responsibility to protect. Whilst traveling and far from home, it can be difficult to find ways to stay eco-friendly and remain environmentally conscious. Nevertheless, we owe it to our earth and those around us, to do our best to take care of our beautiful planet.
In this blog post, we will teach you how we travel with an eco-friendly mindset, and the steps we take to help decrease our carbon footprint.
STOP USING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
We understand that when you travel it can be hard at times to find clean and filtered water, but did you know that many countries such as the Philippines have taken drastic steps to provide clean filtered water to their people? In fact, nearly every hotel and restaurant can give clean water to its guests.
Our absolute favorite reusable water bottle is from Avana. Their Ashbury design is small and sleek, allowing it to easily fit in your backpack without taking up too much space. With a built in straw, you are able to comfortably drink from the bottle and refill with ease. We took these bottles with us everywhere on the road and almost always could find a place to allow us to fill up. No matter how many plastic bottles you can eliminate, you can definitely make a difference and cut down your plastic use massively by investing in a reusable water bottle.
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TRAVEL VIA LAND WHEN POSSIBLE
As full-time travellers, we understand that sometimes taking a flight is inevitable. However, there are times in which it can be avoided. Flying takes up a ton of energy and releases an immense amount of carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere. We recommend that if feasible, you should try to look into alternative methods of travel. For us, we opted to take a bus all the way from Singapore through to Cambodia! We crossed 6 countries via land and on a bus to try to cut our flying down.
How to Stay Eco-Friendly On the Road
Some countries are still not aware of the harmful impact of plastic straws. As many of us know, straws are simply unnecessary and frequently placed in our drinks without much thought. Make sure that if you are dining out, you ask them for no straw in your drink. If you are a fan of straws, you can look on sites like Amazon for good metal, or reusable straws. We will link some here:
TAKE SHORT SHOWERS
When you are traveling, you definitely need to keep yourself clean, but this doesn’t mean you need to be taking 10 minute showers. When possible, try to cut your water usage down. Cut your shower time down in half and take steps to reduce water usage.
STAY AT ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
Nowadays, there are many eco-friendly hotels and guest houses for travelers. These types of establishments are so great to support because they have taken the extra time to ensure that their property follows eco-friendly habits. They have reusable filtered water, different types of lighting, and even use reusable materials to build their foundation. One of our favorite eco-friendly hotels we stayed at this year was the Topas Eco Lodge, in Sapa. They went above and beyond and even had their own onsite garden where the chef used the locally grown vegetables on the menu.
How to Stay Eco-Friendly On the Road
SUPPORT LOCAL MARKETS
In every country you can find some sort of market. Be it a farmers market, or a local food market, there are places where you can find cheap, local food at a good price. Try to buy some of your food here instead of at restaurants when you can. Food tastes better when it is fresh and it is a great way to be eco conscious whilst traveling.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
This may be a simple one but you will be surprised at how much people don’t clean up after themselves. Be it picking up cigarette butts or throwing a can or bottle into the bushes, some people really don’t care. The world is a beautiful place and lets keep it that way.
We hope that you can take some of these suggestions with you on the road and do your best to reduce your impact on our planet. We understand that sometimes travel can make these habits difficult to stick with, but we know that at the end of the day they can have a major impact on our world and those around us.
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