With concern for the environment growing on a daily basis, many travellers are thinking twice before they plan their next big adventure. Most of the time, travel is wasteful. Pollutants are released into the air, fossil fuels are burned, and garbage is left behind. Things don’t have to be that way if you change the way you travel. With eco-friendly travel on the rise, it’s easier than ever.

1. Be Careful About Generating Trash

You can use the same reusable containers you use at home. Just bring them with you. Most establishments will happily serve you food and drinks in the containers you’ve provided. You can wash them and reuse them for your entire trip, minimizing or eliminating the need for single use disposable products.

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2. Choose Your Accomodations Wisely

Staying at a hotel makes it hard to prepare your own meals and recycle what you need to recycle. Looking into flat shares is a great option – especially if the person you’re staying with already lives in an environmentally responsible way. You’ll have a kitchen you can use to prepare food you’ve purchased rather than having to eat out all the time, and you can take full advantage of the environmental sustainability of the home you’re staying in.

3. Opt Into Nature and Out of Tourist Traps

Tourist traps use up a lot of electricity and generate a lot of waste. The best way to view this situation is by thinking about what really matters the most. An attraction designed for a tourist doesn’t necessarily embody the spirit of your destination. What about the nature, or the wildlife reserves? You can enjoy a place even more when you venture to its roots.

4. Investigate Your Transportation Options

Cities that see a lot of tourism often offer high efficiency electric scooters or bicycles that can be rented for local travel. If you need to go a longer distance, stick to the public transportation. Not only will you save the money you would have spent on a rental, but you also won’t be adding to the emissions while you’re away.

5. Stay Local

One of the best things about exploring a new place is enjoying the things they produce locally. Craft beers, boutique wines, locally grown coffee, and farmer’s market food gives you a chance to try something new and exciting. Don’t rely on imports when you don’t have to – they put more strain on the environment, and you’ll really be missing out on the most delicious aspects of a new place.

6. Keep It Intimate

The more people on the trip, the more of an impact you’ll have. Don’t bring people who don’t really want to go. Giant group trips are really hard to plan and they’re very expensive. Limit your travel companions to the people in your closest circle. Take your sweetheart, your best friend, or even go it alone.

7. Give Back When You Take

We all share the same environment. While you’re away, volunteer to improve or protect the environment. You’ll learn a lot, meet the locals, and give back to the community you’re experiencing. If you can’t find an opportunity while you’re away, do some good for the environment back at home. We all live on one planet, and when good is done in any part of the world, it affects everyone positively.

You don’t have to let concerns about the environment prevent you from going out and enjoying your life. Just be smart in the way you travel, and do your best to respect the world no matter where you are.

Jessica Landor is an experienced blogger who likes to share her knowledge and write about anything that makes other’s lives better and easier. She likes to cover productivity, green living and self-improvement topics. Whenever not working, she’s on her yoga classes.