Travelling with the environment in mind

Ines Ruivo

May 30, 2023

Summer is nearly here, and it is during this time that thousands of people travel across the world to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Tourism continues to be one of the largest economic sectors, attracting a growing number of people who are eager to explore exotic destinations each year.

Travelling responsibly is linked to our behaviour and the choices we make with regards to sustainable practices.

When planning your holiday for this year, it’s important to take a moment to consider what aspects you could look to change:

The destination

Plan to visit places that require tourism and need the support of the tourist industry. Maybe choose a destination that has suffered from a natural disaster by joining a volunteer organisation and getting involved with local projects.

Pack light

Save time, hassle and money by packing only what you need for where you are going. I used to pack as if I was travelling for months but have since learned that less is more. Packing the essentials for where I’m going and keeping my bag organised. The more weight planes, trains and even cars must carry means more fuel. Resulting in more carbon being emitted into the atmosphere.

How to get there

If possible, find an alternative to travelling by plane. Enjoy the slower side of life by taking a longer time to travel to your destination, exploring additional destinations on your way. Travelling by train is a good option and can significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Rethink plastic

Plastic waste is increasing, requiring the urgent action of world leaders to reduce its impact. Be part of the solution by avoiding using plastic bottles when on holiday. Replace them with reusables or look to use local alternatives. For example, warmer climates often boast local fruit drinks, such as  coconuts or watermelon. Avoid using plastic straws and plastic takeaway packaging wherever possible.

Choose wisely when it comes to souvenirs 

When shopping for souvenirs, try and choose local crafts that can positively impact the local community. Avoid products made from shells, coral reefs, bones, or teeth of animals.

Reshape the way in which we travel

The lockdowns during the pandemic made us all appreciate travelling and exploring other parts of the world. Being able to visit new and exciting places and regaining the social aspect of a holiday has been vital. It has also given us the opportunity to rethink our habits and possibly reshape the way in which we travel.

We all felt the restraints of being in lockdown, due to the pandemic and how important is to be able to visit places and the social contact. There has never been a better time to rethink our habits and reshape the way we travel.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog represent those of the author, Ines Ruivo, and are not those of recycle-more, Valpak Limited or any other organisation.