Eco-friendly living is important to integrate into our daily lives to leave a smaller footprint and help repair the Earth. There are many steps you can take during typical day to day activities to reduce your carbon footprint, but travelling it can be a bit different.
So, what does eco-friendly travel mean? Although some may enjoy making an effort to stay in tents and use energy-efficient tools, it doesn’t work for everyone. Sustainable travel is genuinely about making educated choices to lessen your impact on the world around you.
Everything we do makes a difference. It’s important to remember that even if something we do seems insignificant, it could create a much larger impact than we can imagine if everyone around us did the same.
What is Sustainable Tourism?
Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting somewhere unfamiliar while remaining respectful and conscious of your impact. Visiting somewhere as a tourist can make a difference in the local environment and economy, so it’s crucial to be aware of what influence your choices will have on your destination.
How Can You Embrace Eco-Friendly Travel
If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely already concerned about how you can make a difference as a traveller. The first step to embracing eco-friendly travel is to choose companies and travel companies with sustainable values.
Immersa Travel is dedicated to providing and guiding adventures with a basis on respect and community. Our trips are focused on experiencing vibrant destinations while remaining eco-friendly and accountable.
Whether you’re travelling with a tour or solo, considering the efficiency of your transportation can make a world of difference. If you’ve chosen to experience the unknown with Immersa Travel, feel confident that we choose the most eco-friendly options available to us to get you from place to place.
However, when it comes to decisions you make on your own, there are a few things to consider:
- Road Trips
- Transportation When You Arrive
When you fly, the takeoffs and landings create the most significant carbon emissions. If you can afford to do so, please try to book non-stop flights.
When you drive, if you’re travelling with friends or family, consider carpooling to reduce emissions. If you’re travelling solo, it’s actually more eco-friendly to fly!
If you’re renting a car, try to opt for a hybrid or electric vehicle to reduce carbon emissions and use less fuel.
When you arrive, if you can avoid it, try to use public transportation rather than renting a car.
When you’re booking accommodations, check to see if it has a certification from programs that rate places to stay based on sustainability, energy efficiency, material selection, and more.
Common certification programs across the globe include:
- U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.)
- EarthCheck (Australia)
- Green Globe (Latin America, Caribbean)
- Rainforest Alliance (Latin America, Caribbean)
- Green Tourism Business Scheme (UK)
You can also see if the accommodation in mind has a recycling or compost program, sources locally-grown food, hires locally, and uses energy-efficient appliances and fixtures.
When you book with Immersa Travels, you can feel confident that we choose eco-friendly destinations to minimize our carbon footprint.
One of the biggest ways to save water when travelling is to avoid buying single-use water bottles. Bringing a BPA-free reusable water bottle can save you money and reduce plastic waste. Additionally, try to only take showers (rather than baths), and try to limit your time when you’re getting clean.
If you can avoid it, try not to use hotel-provided laundry services. Wash your clothes in a sink or while you shower and hang-to-dry if you need a mid-trip refresh.
Try to treat your accommodations as you would your own home. Turn off lights when you aren’t using them, turn down the A/C overnight, and shut off the TV after watching it.
If you’re in a hotel, use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign when you don’t need your room cleaned. This can cut down on chemical cleansing agents, electricity, and unnecessary laundry.
If you’ve got maps and brochures, return them after you’re done so future travellers can reuse them. Additionally, take home any travel-sized complimentary shampoos and soaps. They’ll likely be tossed after you head back, and you can reuse them for future trips.
If you’re on the hunt for a souvenir, try to source locally-made products. Bonus if they’re handmade by indigenous artisans! You’re likely to make and have more fulfilling memories if you take home a little piece of your destination that helps preserve its culture.
Also, bring a reusable shopping bag if you intend to buy multiple items. Reducing plastic bag use can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
Please don’t buy souvenir photos from any companies exploiting wildlife. However, when you travel with Immersa Travels, we’ll only organize eco-friendly tours and activities.
Seeking out sustainable tours and attractions is important to reduce your impact on the environment. When you depart on an Immersa Travels adventure, you can feel confident that all the tours and activities we plan are sustainable and respectful to surrounding cultures and communities.
Tips on Being a Respectful Tourist
Taking the time to learn a little about the culture you’re going to visit can go a long way. This research can prepare you for any customs that you should abide by to remain respectful.
If the country you’re visiting speaks a different language, learning a few words and phrases can help you communicate while you explore and positively impact how locals treat you.
Overall, remember to immerse yourself in the local culture as best as you can. You can gain so much from stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things!