Traveling can be a thrilling experience. It can give you the chance to experience new things and completely change your outlook on life. But, your journeys could have a downside if you don’t think about the consequences and impact of your carbon footprint. You practice green methods when you’re at home, so why not do the same when you’re traveling? Here are some things you may be guilty of doing that have a negative effect on the environment.
1. Taking what’s Not Yours
You may love taking home souvenirs from your travels that remind you of your trip every time you look at them. But make sure these don’t include things that don’t belong to you, like rocks, sand, and flowers plucked from their beds. These are there for a reason, in their natural habitat, so don’t attempt to capture the beauty of the environment by taking parts of it back with you.
Also, think twice before laying in a field of wildflowers to take a selfie or to do an impromptu Instagram photo shoot. If everyone laid down in a field of wildflowers over one weekend, the whole field would be destroyed. The flowers are there for more than just your selfies.
2. Playing By Your Own Rules
You may be in a different country, but this doesn’t make you immune to their rules and laws. Stay respectful and dress appropriately when visiting sacred sites like temples and memorials. Follow the rules about not bringing foreign food items into a country or taking them back with you, as these are here for a reason. Certain food items aren’t grown in your hometown for a reason, and you could introduce new bacteria or seeds to an unfamiliar or unsafe habitat. Finally, when hiking, stick to the paths and don’t attempt to go off on your own. Not only will you be trespassing, but could put yourself and others in danger, as well as destroying a protected natural environment.
3. Leaving Behind a Lot of Trash
When you’re on holiday, the last thing you want to do is perform mundane chores like washing up. But using disposable plastic cutlery for every meal creates a large amount of trash and is terrible for the environment. Instead, do what you can to not be part of the problem by finding sustainable solutions. Carry a refillable water bottle with you and use utensils made from recyclable materials. You could also get into the habit of carrying a reusable shopping bag with you to avoid collecting plastic bags.
Staying green while traveling is not as difficult as it may seem. Before you set out on your next exciting adventure, think about how you can adopt greener practices to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Everywhere you travel, make it a point to contribute to the environment positively. By doing this, you can continue staying green and make sure you leave nothing behind other than your own footprints.
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