Earth Day: The Ultimate Guide to Planet Friendly Travel
On April 22nd, 1970 Earth Day was born. More than 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest about increasing levels of pollution, biodiversity declining and high levels of smog.
Ecological awareness was growing and Earth Day was a catalyst which brought about important changes in environmental law. Earth Day has gathered ground over the years and is now a mass movement with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries taking part and making their voices heard every year on April 22nd.
With Earth Days ethos centred around caring and looking after the planet, we have put together a guide of how you can take the principles of Earth Day and adopt these when travelling all corners of the earth, to make sure we are all able to do so for many more years to come.
1. Utilise Public Transport
Whilst it may be tempting to rent a car, hop in a uber or even hire a moped to travel around.
Why not explore the public transport system in your chosen destination and really get to grips with the way the locals travel. Public transport is often cheaper, more reliable and can be quicker.
If it is unavoidable to rent a car, there are plenty of greener options to choose from such as a Toyota Pruis, Volkswagen Golf, VW Passat or Vauxhall Astra.
2. Get Active
Looking for the perfect way to combat the dreaded holiday weight that helps the environment at the same time? Walk, run or cycle whilst travelling.
Most cities offer affordable bike hire schemes that can provide a unique way to take in the views. If cycling isn’t for you, an early morning run or setting a goal of 10,000+ steps a day could be a great solution to reducing your carbon footprint whilst exploring.
3. Stay in Eco-Friendly Accommodation
Something that is becoming ever more accessible and popular is eco-friendly accommodation.
Travellers are increasingly seeking accommodation that supports sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism. With a shift in more conscientious travel, hotels around the world are developing impressive low-energy resorts focused on preserving culture and supporting the local economy. Take h2hotel in Sonoma, Northern California. This hotel has a grass roof to manage rainwater flow and lessens the impact on a nearby creek, the roof also reduces the heat given off by the building to preserve the microclimate.
This is just one of the many options for eco-friendly accommodation. There is even Ecobnb, an eco alternative to Airbnb.
4. Reusable Water Bottles
One of the most important things to remember while travelling is to stay hydrated which equals drinking plenty of water.
When you travel, instead of buying endless plastic bottles why not carry a reusable water bottle or even buy a filtered one. It is estimated that the world is using almost 500 billion plastic water bottles per year, so reducing this and the impact it has is more important than ever.
There are plenty of great options on the market that are both durable and stylish and will serve you well trip after trip.
5. Choose Your Activities Wisely
Deciding what exciting activities to do whilst abroad is a crucial element of any trip.
Try to be mindful however that you don’t inadvertently choose trips that could be adding to environment issues and that could negatively impact local cultures and communities.
Some travel operators may be more interested in profits than the lasting effects they leave behind, so it’s always good practice to question if it feels like a positive experience for both you and also the environment.
6. Travel Bags
If you plan on doing some shopping whilst on your trip, rather than relying on plastic bags and throwing these away before you even get home.
How’s about planning ahead, being super organised and taking a reusable bag with you? This could be anything from a funky canvas bag, basket bag or even a bag for life.
When It Comes to Planet Friendly Travel Simple Choices Make a Big Impact.
There are so many more small things you can do such as refusing straws with your holiday cocktails, picking up your rubbish, eating local produce and even leaving TripAdvisor reviews to suggest ways for the hotels and restaurants you have visited to become more sustainable.