Most people would love to travel, and an increasing number would like to travel more sustainably. This change has happened as more people have realized the impact that traveling can have on the environment. Which travel options are available for those who would like to see the world sustainably?
Fly with Airlines That Have Embraced Biofuels
We do not yet have reasonable transportation solutions between continents apart from flying; ships do not cut it in the modern world. Because avoiding flying altogether is unrealistic, try to check that the airlines you fly on use biofuels. Airlines like American Airlines, Lufthansa, and KLM are already using these clean fuels, reducing their environmental effects. Research by the EPA has shown that biofuels can reduce greenhouse emissions by up to 86% and they make much more economic sense than fossil fuels.
Use Environmentally Friendly Transportation
Cars and trucks account for over 25% of all emissions in the United States. Most of these emissions are produced when traveling or transporting goods from one point to another. Although reducing emissions caused by the transportation of goods is still some years away, we have many solutions for eco-friendly travel.
Electric vehicles are a much greener alternative to their combustion engine counterparts. The good news is that you can rent one affordably for your trip. Some cities also allow you to travel around in golf carts, so if you own an electric one, you can leverage the benefits of eco-friendly battery technology.
To ensure the golf cart can travel more than a few miles and handle different terrain, consider getting a bigger battery for more power. You can learn about the different type of batteries to see which one would be best for your golf cart.
If you are not traveling far and only going on a local trip, consider walking, cycling, or public transportation. Another option is carpooling, where, although the car will produce emissions, you cut down the emissions produced per person. Alternatively, you can carpool in an electric vehicle.
Bring a Reusable Water Bottle
Plastic waste is a common and annoying cause of pollution in areas that tourists frequent very often. Plastic bottles litter the streets, drains, rivers, and lakes of some of the most popular tourist destinations, which is annoying because they are easy to cut back on.
Investing in a reusable water bottle is a simple and cost-effective way of doing your part in reducing plastic waste in these areas. The importance of reusing, reducing, and recycling should always be on our minds as we travel around the world.
Buy Local Whenever Possible
Buying local products is an excellent way of supporting local economies wherever you travel. However, doing this has an environmental impact as well. Transporting products leads to emissions that harm the environment along popular trade and transportation routes.
Buying local products removes the need to transport products long distances, reducing emissions and air and water pollution. Doing so is also a great way of providing economic opportunities to local communities.
Avoid Printing Booking Confirmations
Today’s technology allows us to travel the world using just our phones. Major hotels and airlines now support digital boarding reservations and boarding passes that you can download or screenshot and carry on your phone. By using digital assets like these, you can avoid printing them, reducing the amount of paper you use and the waste you produce.
Everybody should try to travel sustainably, especially with all the information on how harmful traveling can be to the environment and our world. Fortunately, doing so only requires a few tweaks, and you are unlikely to notice these changes once they become your sustainable habits.