Every year, thousands of people load up and head toward some exotic destination for the adventure of a lifetime. Unfortunately, when some people travel, they leave their social responsibility at the doorstep alongside their other daily stressors. Whether you are heading toward the Appalachian State Park or Cabo San Lucas, you can always remain eco-friendly in your travels and vacation adventures. Below are five tips that will help you to enjoy your traveling adventure while staying eco-conscious.
1) Travel Responsibly
Gasoline uses precious, costly oils that are becoming less and less available. These oils are fossil fuels and cannot be easily replaced once we use it all up. Perhaps more importantly, the byproducts of gasoline include carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are a major contribution to air pollution. Global warming and the greenhouse effect are exacerbated by the growing usage of engine fuels. Airplanes should be avoided at all costs because jet fuel is one of the leading concerns of environmentalists. Car fuel is bad for the air but presents a better alternative than air travel.
Once you reach the destination of your vacation adventure, try to be fuel conscious. Use local public transportation systems like busses, trains, and subways. Walking provides a good, healthy way to sight-see without putting harmful chemicals into the air.
2) Pack Responsibly
Remember that the more things you bring along on the journey, the more weight will have to be hauled around. On airplane flights, more weight equals more fuel. Luggage takes up great amounts of space, too. If traveling in a vehicle, you may run out of luggage space, which will entice you to take more than one vehicle or use larger, less fuel efficient vehicles. Packing light is much more convenient and much more socially responsible.
Be aware that plastic bags are non-biodegradable. It takes thousands of years for plastic bags and sacks to break down on their own, so try avoid using these environmental stressors. Use cloth-based luggage and durable, reusable paper sacks.
3) Buy Local
Importing goods to a tourist destination is extremely costly for the environment, especially if the destination is remote or secluded, for instance on an island. Therefore, you should try to purchase mostly locally produced goods. As a bonus, you will also be supporting the local economy more this way.
4) Use Green Hotels
Some hotels have “gone green”, which means that they have made provisions to be more eco-responsible. They may have implemented energy saving lights and electrical appliances. They may use low-energy heating and cooling systems. The hotel design may have been built with social responsibility in mind, using energy saving windows and wall insulation. This, mixed with good energy-saving practices (i.e., turning the lights off when leaving the room), is a fantastic option that will enable you to enjoy yourself while using less energy.
5) Respect Nature
Nature is a beautiful thing that can be enjoyed by generations to come after us, but only if we treat it with the respect and care it deserves. When hiking on a trail or walking along a beach, do not litter. Litter will inhibit plant growth and pose a danger to wildlife. Never leave a park trail because even the tread on the bottom of your shoe can cause habitat damage over extended periods of time.
This article was written by Emilio Arroyo on behalf of ARCC Adventures, a great resource when deciding on your next big adventure!read more