Today there are many environmental concerns and they are becoming more and more important. Most of us at least recognize the need to make small changes to help save resources and stop mining the planet. But some of us are taking next steps to make sure our carbon footprint left on earth is as light and as small as possible.
However, how do you do that when you travel many places for business purposes? There is no doubt that unless you are walking to your destinations, you will have a serious environmental impact with every move. Luckily, there are a few ways you can reduce that while traveling.
Tip # 1: Use the intercity bus service
Traveling between cities? Consider using an intercity bus service. Taking the bus between cities or states is a great idea, because you are driving a large number of people into the bus and using less fuel (and thus creating less pollution) than everyone else. go to their own car. A bus is also much smaller than an airplane, needs less fuel and emits less pollution, even with long travel times.
Tip # 2: Go somewhere pedestrian-friendly
If possible, keep your travels where you can easily walk to where you want to go. Maybe it’s a concentrated area of a city where you’ll spend most of your time. Or even a place with a smaller distance between other towns, where you can walk there on your own. Watch out for areas that do not have good sidewalks or footpaths near their street.
Tip # 3: Be vegan
This is probably the best you can do for the environment. So much land and resources are used for grazing and food for animals (especially livestock), so much so that if the world stops eating we can feed the world many times. But you don’t need to eat Vegan all the time if you don’t want to. Just do it while you travel and you will compensate for a lot of the environmental damage you have caused during your trip.
Tip # 4: Take public transport
If walking is not always an option, avoid taking a taxi. Subway, train, bus … these are better uses of resources and less harm, in addition they tend to be faster and cheaper.
Tip # 5: Fly Further
Flying around the world is a great experience, but it’s not something to do all the time. Try to spend most of your trips to places not far from you. The less you stay
In the air, the fewer resources you use to get there.
Tip # 6: Travel less, for longer
When you travel long distances, you should try and stay there longer. This will allow you to see more without having to fly back and forth. When I first arrived in Europe, I stayed there for several months, traveling from place to place, often traveling by bus or carpool when I went to other countries. That way, I can experience it all without having to fly out many times.
Tip # 7: Organize your recycling
It can be a bit inconvenient, but recycling when traveling is a great idea. Sort all your trash, then ask the hotel where you can take it away. At the end of your stay, you can drop it off at a recycling center. Probably time-consuming, but simple enough and very helpful.
Tip # 8: Rent a car saves fuel
Sometimes it is unavoidable, and you need to rent a car. Avoid gas injectors or anything with an energy-wasting feature. Try buying a car that is more fuel efficient, preferably one that is rated more environmentally friendly. Remember that smaller cars need less gas and better use what they have.
Tip # 9: Best friend in a hotel room
Hotel rooms waste so much, from energy to water. Cut that down by sharing rooms with the people you go with. The more people you can stay in a room, the less resources you’ll use. Plus, it saves a lot of money. Most hotels have rooms with double beds and folding beds on the couch. They can also rent out cribs.
Tip # 10: Do your research
Before you go anywhere, research local businesses and attractions, roads and public transport routes. Knowing where everything is and what you can do in any given area will make it easier for you to stay green. You can choose from eco-friendly properties, find Vegetarian or Vegan restaurants, know where bus stops are and everything else you might need.
Any tips for green tourism? Let us know in the comments.