Leaving a positive footprint in the places we go, that’s what traveling sustainably is all about, but how can you leave that positive footprint? Here you’ll find some of the most basic ways to do it.
9 Sustainable (And Easy) Travel Tips
This is a win - win - win way to travel (yes! triple win):
1: You help to decongest overcrowded tourist destinations.
2: You contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development of less-known communities.
3: You don’t have to wait in long queues to enter most attractions.
2. If you still need to go to crowded destinations…
Avoid traveling during high season! Natural resources such as food, fresh water, and electricity become scarce or too expensive.for locals living in some overcrowded tourist destinations..
Do your research before traveling. Open your mind and look for alternative routes and places.
Support the local economy. Shop for local crafts and products; eat in local restaurants. Book your excursions with local guides, you can find them on ecuadoor app.
Market in Baños
4. Walk or ride a bike, if possible
Walking or riding a bike improves your health and reduces your CO2 emissions. Good for you, good for the planet! If none of them are options, you can always take public transportation or carpooling.
5. Use reef-safe sunscreen
Non-reef-safe sunscreens increase coral bleaching and they may not be safe for you according to the FDA. Read the label, reef-safe sunscreens must be free of: p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), avobenzone, enzacamene, phthalates, homosalate, microbeads, oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, octisalate, parabens, and triclosan.
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Make a list of things you keep in your purse or backpack… Do you use them all? Why not replace some of those items you don’t use with your own water bottle? By doing this you’ll save money (from the bottled water you won’t buy) and you’ll also help to reduce plastic pollution in the places you are traveling to.
A single cigarette butt can pollute between 5 and 10 liters of seawater or 50 liters of freshwater. Cigarette butts tossed on the streets are swept up into the drains, and that’s how they end up in the rivers and the ocean (not to mention cigarette butts left in the sand). Discarded cigarette butts are also one of the biggest causes of forest fires. These are more than enough reasons to use a portable ashtray, if you smoke.
Taking a bag to pick up your trash when you go on an outdoor excursion is always a good idea.
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Do not waste water and energy, just as you do at home. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, reuse your towel, turn off the lights, air conditioner, and tv, while you are not using them.
As the saying goes, “When in Rome…” Traveling requires you to adapt to different environments, norms, people, and food. Know about the places you are going to and their local rules before traveling (again: do your research).
Small actions lead to big changes. When you take these small actions, you support local communities and you also take good care of yourself. In other words, traveling in a sustainable way is to travel in balance.