Doing your Part: How to become a Sustainability-Focused Traveler
Smarter Travel had a very interesting article on how to Travel Sustainably. It peeked my interest to share some simple practices on Sustainable Travel.Sustainable Travel is simply finding a way to maintain tourism long-term without harming natural and cultural environments. I hope the pause we've encountered through this pandemic will lead to heightened consciousness in the tourism industry.
Gurvy Travel shared 5 simple practices to Sustainable Travel…
buy locally to support the economy
Support local businesses, look for Farmers Markets, Street Markets, and Local Artists. Get some fresh air and get to know the locals.
bring your own water bottle
Invest in a stainless steel reusable bottle and reduce the footprint of plastic bottles.
switch to reef safe, oxybenzone free sunscreen
Avoid the harmful chemicals found in sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone. Read your labels, these harsh chemicals can enter your bloodstream and cause havoc to your health. The same goes for the damage they are causing to reef systems and marine life.
There are many bike sharing programs throughout the world to allow you to explore your destination. Travel on foot when sightseeing, you’ll be amazed at the many local experiences you’ll discover.
smaller group tours
Experience a new culture with smaller eco-friendly tour operators. Many smaller tours will also connect you with the local community.
Working together to protect and preserve the places we wish to survive for future generations.
Small actions of individuals can make a huge difference.