[Ad] Advancements in technology, as well as a more expansive perspective of travel in general, have opened up new ways for us to explore the world without damaging Mother Earth. This has led to more responsible low impact travel, where we allow ourselves the luxury of experiencing new cultures without leaving a damaging carbon footprint. 

These tips below will help you enjoy your trips while staying sustainable whether you’re taking a Pacific Coast cruise from San Diego, going on an extended road trip, or backpacking across Europe.

Low Impact Travel Tips

Purchase an e-Ticket 

Most transportation companies accept and even prefer electronic tickets. You simply need to show your ticket on your mobile phone. Avoid printing out tickets as much as possible so that you don’t waste paper or ink. 

Research Transportation

Have you thought of how you’re getting to where you want to go? Or how you’ll move around once you’re there? It’s always a good idea to research the available forms of transportation where you’re headed. Look for eco-friendly options such as buses or trains to avoid renting a single car. 

Make the Transportation Your Experience 

Book sustainable methods of travel. We all know most of our common transport leaves a hefty footprint. Cruises, airlines, cars- they all are giving off hefty emissions. But once we’re at our destination we have more control over what vehicle we choose.

Rent a bike or take to the city by foot – hello slow travel!

Traveling is supposed to be relaxing and fun and what’s more fun than taking in the sites up close on a bicycle? 

Travel Local

Think about exploring your hometown! Not only can this be a more affordable option, but it’s also a simpler way to travel without leaving much waste. 

Bring Your Own Food

There are several reasons why you should bring your own food while traveling. This low waste option keeps you from buying food while on vacation and possibly leaving behind trash from single-use packaging.

Bringing your own food also protects you from possible allergies or sicknesses from unfamiliar meals. 

Put Together Your Own Low Waste Kit 

Make it a habit to carry a water bottle, a reusable straw, shopping bags, and a food container while on vacation. These items can comprise your low waste travel kit. As the name suggests, this is your go-to container of everything that can be reused several times. This eliminates the need for you to purchase similar items that can only be used once. 

Bring Several Storage Bags 

It’s also highly suggested that you bring smaller storage bags so that you can easily organise your items.

Smaller bags are especially useful while packing; you’d immediately know what’s inside each bag without having to open them up. They also help you maximise your storage spaces and some designs will allow for you to pack them away in your day tote so you can use them at markets or for carrying your leftovers.

Keep in Mind the Three “R’s”

Lastly, remember that the goal of low waste travel is to be able to move around and have fun while leaving behind the smallest carbon footprint as possible. Don’t forget the three “R”s whenever you travel:

Reuse, reduce, and recycle.

Travelling doesn’t have to come at the cost of the planet, and these three simple actions can turn any vacation into a more meaningful experience.  

An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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