How to Recreate Responsibly on your Next Sustainable Trip
From national parks to tropical getaways, European cities and everywhere in between, there are so many incredible destinations to visit in the world. But the greatest thing about all the amazing landscapes, native animals, and experiences we see along the way is knowing that generations to come will also get to enjoy their wonders—that is, if we all do our part in protecting the planet and the local communities we visit.
That’s why we’re going to share a few tips on how you can help take care of the environment when you’re traveling so that we can all continue to bask in these marvelous places for years to come.
Unplug before you jet off
First thing’s first: Unplug all your electronic appliances any time you leave to go on a trip. This includes microwaves, TVs, and other devices that could draw a lot of electricity. Keep in mind that simply turning these appliances off won’t do the trick. Unplug each one before you head out on your travels so that they aren’t wasting any electricity while you’re gone!
Avoid single-use products
When you’re packing to go on your trip, there are a few essentials you’ll need to consider: Appropriate clothes depending on what the weather will be at your destination, your must-have toiletries, including glycerin deodorant—click here to see the benefits of glycerin deodorant—any electronic devices you need, and last but not least, a reusable water bottle.
Traveling with a reusable water bottle is a sure way to help you reduce the amount of plastic you’re using. Carry it with you in your bag or backpack and refill it on the go to stay hydrated while doing your part to protect the planet.
Choose local experiences
Whether you travel to Yellowstone National Park, a heritage site in Senegal, or somewhere closer to home, the best way to experience something new is through a local perspective. So why not seek out local experiences to help support the local community?
Consider looking into a homestay with a local family, or research local tour guides who can give you an unparalleled experience. Regardless of where you go, choosing local experiences will benefit both you and the community you’re visiting.
Cut down on car use
One big way to help the environment when traveling is by limiting the amount of time you’re in a car. Try using other modes of transportation, like walking, biking, or public transportation. Not only is walking or biking a good exercise, but it also gives you a better feel for where you are while helping to reduce your impact on the environment.
Volunteer on the go
Finally, consider looking into volunteer opportunities where you’re going. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy or out of your way! But just looking into small ways that you can give back to all these amazing places and communities that you travel to make a huge difference for years to come. Consider it a way of saying “thank you” for the incredible experience you’ve had while visiting the destination.
Now that you know a few ways you can give back to the planet and local communities while traveling, it’s time to plan your next trip! Remember: The smallest of actions can make the biggest impact. Do your part in protecting the Earth so that future generations can continue enjoying all the wonders that our incredible planet has in store.