How to Travel Sustainably
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease over the next couple of months, a lot of us will be wanting to make up for lost time.
Getting out and going exploring will be at the top of most people’s lists. But how can you travel sustainably while still enjoying being a tourist?
Read on to find out.
You don’t have to clock up the miles to enjoy a week or two away. Staycations are becoming the new vacations, and by staying local and choosing to sightsee in the UK, it means you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint.
From hiking adventures in the Lake District to the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, there are plenty of places to visit in the UK which make for the perfect holiday destination.
Camp or Glamp
Come rain or shine, us Brits love a camping holiday - and, it’s actually a sustainable travel solution.
When camping, you’ll use less electric and water and you’ll really be able to enjoy the natural world.
And if camping isn’t your cup of tea, then try glamping; the posh way to camp!
Walk and Cycle
We all love to be a tourist, don’t we? Travelling to different places and taking in the wonders of the world; it’s a privilege we will always treasure.
But, next time you’re in a new place, why not opt to walk or cycle to see the sights?
Not only is it a good form of exercise, but it helps to improve overall air quality. Plus, it’s a great way to top up your tan!
We’ve all got that one friend that packs everything (including the kitchen sink!) for a weekend away, haven’t we?
But the problem with stuffing your suitcase full to the brim is it causes more weight on the aeroplane, which in turn, means the aircraft will use more carbon emissions.
Instead, create a capsule wardrobe and only take what you need… and yes, that includes leaving the kitchen sink behind!
Don’t Buy a New Wardrobe
It’s easy to fall victim of buying a new outfit for EVERY occasion and this is true for holiday season, too.
Many people spend a fortune on a whole new wardrobe just for their summer holiday without realising the impact this has on the environment.
The chances are, you’ll only wear those clothes for that time period, resulting in them being binned and sent to landfill for no good reason.
Instead, wear what you have! Pack your suitcase with clothes you already own and find enjoyment in styling your clothes in new ways.
P.S you’ll also save a lot of money, giving you more spends for your travels!
Reduce Your Holidays
Okay, we know this isn’t what everyone wants to hear, especially after the year we’ve had. But the more holidays you go on, the more your carbon footprint will increase.
We aren’t saying never go on holiday. We’re just saying it would make a huge impact if you were to cut down slightly on how often you go away.
You could also switch one of your international holidays for a local staycation, meaning you still get to have a week away without impacting the environment too much!
Wherever you venture to on your travels, always try and choose local food to eat.
Whether you shop at the local farmer’s market and prepare and cook your meals yourself, or find a local restaurant or café to dine in, you’ll be making a sustainable travel choice by doing so.
Not only is it a great way to experience the country’s cuisine, but you’ll know that ingredients have been locally sourced, too.
Although it’s not always possible to avoid flying when travelling, it doesn’t mean it is the only option. Other forms of transport such as trains, buses and ferries, have less of an impact on the environment than aeroplanes, making them a more sustainable choice.
Interrailing, for example, is great fun and enables you to see plenty of places without having to step foot on a plane.
Finally, if you’re planning a road trip in the UK or wanting to hire a car overseas, why not go electric?
You’ll be able to travel as far and as wide as you like without releasing any emissions, and with the range of electric vehicles increasing and more charging points being installed across the globe, you won’t have to worry about running out of charge, either!
For more tips on how to live sustainably, check out more of our blogs over on our page! From 10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint to finding out which eco-friendly products you need to live a greener lifestyle, you’ll be learning how to do your bit for the planet, one blog at a time.