The only thing on your mind during a holiday is to relax, right? Just enjoy the surroundings, wander through the narrow streets of beautiful villages, walk in nature, enjoy drinks and good food on a nice terrace… The last thing on your mind probably is how to travel more sustainable. This time it’s not about how you travel to your holiday destination or in what kind of accommodation you’ll stay. Most people already know flying has a huge impact on our environment and looking for a sustainable hotel or ecolodge might be the obvious choice already when thinking about sustainable travel. In this article you can read which small and effortless steps you can take at your destination to reduce your impact. It’s so easy and these steps might improve your holiday experience a little bit too.
1. Walking has the least impact.
Walking when on a citytrip in a smaller city is easy. And great for a more slow travel experience. But, when in the countryside or in a small village without public transportation it can be a bit more challenging. If you do decide to go by car, don’t use it for short rides. And, take the shortest route, drive at an evenly speed and take as less weight with you <in the car> as possible.
2. Use sustainable water bottles and reusable cups.
Our favourite water bottle for holidays is the Bobble; a water bottle with a cleaning filter. This filter takes out chlorine and all other pollutants out of tap water. Another advantage: you don’t have to buy bottled water in the supermarket so it saves a lot of plastic bottles too. The Bobble water filter lasts at least 50 fillings and the bottle is reusable. For other drinks (hot and cold) our Klean Kanteen (Anneloes) cup and Retulp (Janet) is our go to reusable cup.
3. Refuse plastic straws.
The plastic straws you get at a lot of coffee spots and places where you can grab a drink to go? Easy solution: simply don’t accept the straw. The same goes for the plastic covers on to-go drinks. You don’t really need your drink covered. Do you love Italian ice cream? If you can choose the eadible waffle cone instead of a small cardboard cup.
4. Products you bought on holiday and don’t use anymore? Just leave it for the next guests.
When staying in an apartment, most of the time we bring a few things with us to use in the kitchen, like detergent for example. If we buy things at local supermarkets and we don’t use it all, we leave it in the kitchen cupboards an hope the next guests can use it too. A pity to throw things like detergent, herbs and spices and toilet paper away.
5. Only buy reusable packaging.
Your personal care products you probably already take with you in smaller bottles, because of the rules for hand luggage. You can also choose to buy small nondisposable packaging and refill these for every holiday. Less trash!
6. Only eat at restaurants where you get nondisposable cutlery and plates.
When going out for dinner, make sure to go to places where they use real plates and cutlery instead of disposibale materials. Make sure you always carry your own nondisposible cultery, so if a restaurant only has disposible things, you can use your own. Have you already heard of a Boc’n roll or a Keep Leaf or any other of the reusable foodwrapper to put your sandwich or wrap to-go in? They are quite convenient. And another thing: choose restaurants where they use local and organic products.
7. No waste.
Don’t leave any trash behind. Make sure to take everything with you or throw it away in a bin. You might inspire your travel companion(s) and other tourists to do the same.
8. Choose local and organic food.
Doing so also supports the economy of the country you visit.
9. Encourage local initiatives if possible.
Make sure to support operators and organizations which also support local initiatives. By doing so, hopefully sustainability will spread.
10. Sustainable souvenirs.
Do you like buyiing souvenirs as a reminder of your holiday? Make sure to find out where the product is made. “Made in China’ just doesn’t sound like a nice souvenir from an idyllic small Italien village, right? And don’t buy stuff you know will be thrown away soon. It’s just more waste.
So, you’ll probable have lots of more tips on how to travel more sustainable. Will you share your tips in the comments below?