Until recently, travel has been off the cards for many of us. But things are now looking up – many are booking plane tickets and securing holiday destinations. It is easy to forget the impact our travels have on the environment when we are swept up by the fun and adventure of exploring somewhere different. However, for the conscious traveler, these simple tips will help you make less of an impact on the environment.
Explore your nearest national park
Travelling does not have to mean a 15-hour flight. Exploring your nearest national park can be an exhilarating trip in itself. If you want to spend a few nights, you could hire a campervan and bring the whole family along. If you are trying to help mother earth, choosing to take public transport is your best bet. Natural parks are excellent locations to learn about the local wildlife, get some fresh air, and exercise.
Broaden the horizons of your mind
Reading about places and observing your surroundings can be just as effective traveling further afield. Relaxing (potentially outside in the sun) with a travel magazine like National Geographic can help you explore places without increasing your carbon footprint. Or, if you are feeling cooped up, you could explore the space above you by investing in a telescope.
Connect with your local community
Many people travel in search of a connection to the natural world or to gain perspective of different cultures. But few of us get involved with the surrounding community, which can be an essential step to building a sense of identity and may lessen the need to travel internationally to ‘find oneself.’ Communicating with your community is time well spent, particularly if you opt for choosesolar.com, a shared sustainable energy option for those who want to save money and connect with their community.
Offset your carbon emissions
Visiting faraway destinations is part and parcel of many people’s lives. However, there are ways to offset your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. To do this, you will need to calculate your carbon footprint, find out more about reducing your emissions, and choose an offset project. Some actions you can take to offset carbon emissions include spending less time in the shower and only turning your heating on when necessary.
Choose a location that delivers sustainability
Traveling to locations empowered to conserve, manage and benefit from their wildlife on their lands is one of the essential things travelers can do. Staying in a conservation-minded destination is much more likely to elevate the natural and cultural heritage of the area. It will support the livelihoods of local people and those that work in the travel industry.
Embark on a volunteering expedition
Ethical voluntary trips are a great way to give something back to the local community you are staying in by offering your services and expertise. Make sure to thoroughly research the voluntary role you are undertaking and check the company’s background.