Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Eco-Mindset When Travelling
Traveling might be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but it can also be one of the most harmful things us human beings do to Mother Nature. You might have heard it a thousand times before, and we’ll say it again with absolutely no shame: as a traveler of this earth, it is your duty and responsibility to minimize your environmental impact.
The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or the experience you were planning on having. Check out the reasons why we all need to adopt eco-mindsets as travellers, and then see how you can incorporate those ideas into your traveling style…
1. We need to help the ozone as much as possible
Airplanes that perform multiple stops emit loads more carbon emissions than those on a direct path. Try to book non-stop flights whenever possible to help lower this environmental pollutant.
2. It’s all about sustainability
Make sure you’re making use of facilities that incorporate the use of sustainable energy such as solar power, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, low-flow toilets, and even wind turbines. If we don’t preserve what we have and start using the resources that nature has set at our disposal, there might not be much left to see for future generations to come.
3. Reducing and reusing is key
Make sure you’re using BPA-free water bottles that can be reused, eliminating the need for more and more plastic bottles to be manufactured that take forever to decompose.
4. We need to save H2o
Bathing uses somewhere between 50 and 70 gallons of water each and every time a tub is filled for a quick soak. Showering, on the other hand, uses roughly 10 to 25 gallons of water, which is an options you have to opt for when you’re trying to preserve what we have today so that he future generations may get the opportunity of seeing and experiencing it tomorrow.
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- Causeni, Moldova
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- Luang Prabang, Laos
- 1 week - 1 week / From: £ 750
5. We need to heal clear the air
Whenever we use our own cars to drive around foreign countries, we’re adding to the air pollution that might already be at problematic levels. Walking, biking, or even using the available public transport might not only help you reduce your own carbon footprint, but it’ll also save you a lot of money.
6. We need to protect native flora
When you remove plants from their natural habitat - and so does the next hiker as well as the next - eventually we’ll end up with deserted areas that used to be subtropical forests. In order to avoid the idea of harming the native flora we need to use and stick to the trails that have so clearly been set out for a reason.
7. We have to allow nature to remain untamed
So often travellers to foreign countries will find it absolutely irresistible to feed the local wildlife, but the aftermath isn’t as pretty as the initial picture. As cute as it may seem in the heat of the moment, it’s just never a good idea, no matter how good the animals are at puppy-eyeing you!
8. Lesser your impact
Modern travellers should keep their groups small as to keep their impact down to a minimum. I you plan of making as little impact as possible on the environment you’ll be exploring find and stick to a small group of friends traveling with a small-time tour operator.
- Buenos Aires
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- Dili, East Timor
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9. We are travellers, not tourists
As travellers we’re all bound by one unspoken, unwritten code of conduct, ensuring that we honour local customs as far as possible. We don’t intervene with the daily lives of villagers and locals of the countries we’re exploring.
10. Travellers have to give back as a ‘thank you’ for nature
Working with nonprofits and volunteerism organisations is a great way of helping conserve the natural environment and also ensuring that you pay it forward in some way of thanking Mother Nature with the beauty we have been given to explore.
The 10 reasons we’ve just given travellers for adopting and eco-mindset is but a tip of a very promising iceberg. Imagine a world where all travellers respect the earth as much as nature loves us…we’d be living in a world where all which gets lost during human process also gets put back by human love and compassion. We embrace eco travel because we love our world, and because we love it so much, its quintessential that we preserve that with which we have been blessed with!