Travelling is an exciting and wonderful thing to experience but it often comes with high expectations of luxurious travel options. It can be a bit challenging to lower your expectations but you don’t have to completely downgrade your experience. It’s just a matter of downgrading your travel impact.
Here are several suggestions to kick things off:
1. Minimizing air travel
Travelling by air is loved by many since it gets us to our target destination swiftly and we get to cover a lot of countries this way. The issue here is, it’s a costly activity in terms greenhouse gas and fuel resource usage. Travelling frequently through such fashion places your frequent flyer miles higher on the eco-footprint scale.
2. Purchasing carbon credits
Offset your current carbon pollution from air travel by purchasing carbon credits (whenever possible). While not everyone believes that these can offer a significant solution to our carbon issues, they symbolize a promising start to becoming effective in shouldering our energy burden.
3. Using public transport
Seek travel options that are efficient and safe to the destination you’re headed to. Using trains will help you soak in the sights, meet locals, and even capture worthwhile snapshots. There are plenty of local transport options as well. These include pedaled vehicles, automated rickshaws, mini-vans, and others.
4. Packing light
Minimizing your load makes it simpler for you to move around. Plus you’ll have less valuables to carry and lesser fuel to spend moving your things around. Keep things on the lighter side; avoid purchasing things that will eventually lead to clutter when you head back.
An exception you can make is by buying handcrafts from locals who depend on this for their daily living. You’re actually making a contribution to their industry. At the same time, you have a few unique items to bring back home.
5. Opting for local destinations
In today’s challenging economic times, you may need to book in advance since budget-conscious travelers are turning to domestic-based options. Walking trails, camp sites, and affordable accommodation may be fully booked in advance, so make preparations to think ahead and begin booking early.
This is something that I talk with my friends quite a bit about. Even though we all love to play paintball, there are not many good local places to play, so we end up driving a few hours just to play. It’s fun every once in a while, but it’s really taxing in terms of time and is bad for the environment. So if you’re picking up a new hobby, make sure to think about the environmental impacts as well. Hat tip to my friend Mark, who runs http://www.paintballenthusiast.com, for talking with me about this and convincing the group to stay closer to home a bit more often.
6. Proper waste disposal
Always throw garbage in their proper places and avoid trashing the environment. This includes both city and nature trails. It’s always a smart idea to start packing food scraps from any nature destinations. This will prevent any disturbance to any local wildlife feeding patterns.
7. Knowing about any upcoming local activities
Seek for locally-based employment for operators, guides, instructors, and others. Go for those who are doing what they can to provide working opportunities to locals. Make inquiries regarding profit return to local communities if you’re not sure. Ask if they’re involved in locally-based projects such as conservation efforts and youth-training.
With so many travel practices today creating harmful to the environment, low impact travelling concentrates on minimizing a negative impact on the places you’ll be travelling to.