Go green travelling? Doesn’t that sound rather oxymoron?
I know. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying not to fly because if we travel to places that are far, we have to catch a flight. But that doesn’t stop us from looking at different ways to go green while we travel, even in small ways.
Bring Your Own
When I travel, I bring along my water bottle. I will request for the stewardess to fill up my water bottle when I am on the flight that is more than four hours. Keeping myself hydrated on the flight especially on long haul flight and also reducing usage of plastic cups. I will also fill up my water bottle at the breakfast area before I leave the hotel to explore the city of destination instead of buying bottled water. I save money and reduce plastic consumption.
As we travel, we can also play our part by bringing our own toiletries. I recommend using reusable bottles that we can decant things like shampoo and body wash into the small bottles. You could either buy the 100 ml travel bottles or reuse the travel size bottles and containers that you have.
Take Public Transport
When I explore the city, be it overseas or back home, I prefer to take public transport or walk whenever possible. By doing that, I get to see more of the city and the people.
Bring And/Or Borrow What You Need
I used to think that it is alright not to bring certain items when I travel, I can always buy it on the road. Not anymore. Why should I buy on the road when I have it or I can borrow it.
It’s one thing to outright forget to bring something another to intentionally not bring. This reminds me of one of my trips to Korea for a ski holiday. I was so consumed by my work that I forgot to pack my jeans into my luggage. On my way to the airport, I sensed something was amiss. Initially, I thought I left my passport at home. Then it dawned on me that I forgot to pack my jeans. So I ended up buying two pairs of jeans at the airport.
Invest in Items of Good Quality
Next, if you are planning to buy a new luggage or backpack for your travel, invest in an item of good quality that can last you for years and not one that disintegrates after a couple of trips. My cabin size luggage has accompanied me to more than 180 business and leisure trips in the past nine years and it is still serving me well. The luggage may cost ten times more than any ordinary cabin size luggage but it is very durable and light.
Let’s Keep Clean – Leave No Trace
Finally, let’s clean up after ourselves, leaving the place looking the same or better before we were there. Let’s not leave waste lying around, drop them either into the trash bin or recycle bin as appropriate. Keep the environment clean and reduce waste wherever we travel to.
When we are visiting the nature reserve, parks, gardens and beaches, take nothing with us except photographs, leave nothing behind except your footprints.
The above are just some suggestions and small tweaks we could make to begin to travel responsibly. Small tweaks and little things we do matter. When we give back to the environment, we make it a better place to live in.
Would love to hear ideas and suggestions from you on how to go green while you travel.
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