Travel

Royal London Bike Tour

Sustainable travel may seem like a complex and daunting challenge to take on. But it does not have to be as complicated as it may initially seem. It is often the little things and simple choices individuals make related to traveling that could spell a difference between inaction and actually doing something for the environment. Here are some of the many simple ways to be a greener traveler.

  • Look for airlines that have carbon offset programs.
  • Choose non-stop flights, if possible.
  • Travel by bus or train whenever possible.
  • Consider taking a long drive instead of booking a short flight.
  • Pick an eco-friendly accommodation. Look for seals of green initiative certifications like the LEED Certification in the US.
  • Take shorter showers instead of soaking in baths and using up more water at your hotel.
  • Use towels more than once.
  • Make arrangements for housekeeping not to replace bedsheets every single day.
  • Always carry around a refillable water bottle.
  • Use public transportation.
  • Go on a bike or walking tour.
  • Pick a sustainable tour company or an eco-friendly small tour operator.
  • Stay on marked footpaths or trails when taking a hike to avoid disturbing or inadvertently damaging your surroundings.
  • Don’t leave any trash behind and try to pick what you find along the trail.
  • Avoid getting too close to the wildlife and do not feed the animals you may encounter.
  • Shop for locally-made souvenirs or artisanal products.
  • Bring reusable bags on your travels.