Travelling around the country, and further afield is exciting; seeing new places, meeting new people, trying new things. But many of us are probably not conscious about the impact travelling can have on the environment, even just around the UK. I am by no means a saint when it comes to travelling in an eco-friendly way, but I am environmentally conscious as much as I can be when I am at home and aim to transfer these eco-friendly habits to when I travel around the UK and abroad.
With climate change and global warming becoming a bigger issue every day, it is important for everyone to do their part, any way they can. The tips in this blog are ones I will be taking on board when travelling, and hopefully, others who read this will too.
Use Public Transport
Using public transport to get to your destination is hugely beneficial to the environment, as it means there will be fewer cars on the road. Although taking the car to your holiday destination is simpler, as you don’t have to worry about bus or train times, or to be at the airport several hours before your flight, try using public transport when you are at your destination. This has several upsides; you don’t have to worry about finding or paying for parking, you can see a lot more of the local area, and it’s cheaper! Of course, taking public transport is not always easy or accessible for everyone, but getting a bus or train or even a plane is a great alternative.
Don’t Leave Anything Behind
For day trips, camping holidays and picnics in the countryside, remember to take everything back with you, leaving only your footprints behind. It is sad to see people leave rubbish, not even bothering to put it in a bin. Taking just a couple of second to put rubbish and waste in the bin, or packing it back up to take home and dispose of later can make a huge difference, and helps to tackle plastic waste.
Support Eco-Friendly Initiatives
In the places you are staying, it is a good idea to follow eco-friendly initiatives the government has, for example turning off the lights and electrical equipment when you are not using them, reusing towels, and taking a bag for life/reusable bag with you when shopping. Having a little shopping bag that you can just keep in your backpack or shoulder bag at all times saves you spending that 5p and reduces waste.
When travelling, whether it is in the UK or abroad, it is always good to support local businesses. Not only does this mean you can find a hidden gem only the locals know about, but it also means you are supporting local businesses. Avoid the major shopping or restaurant chains which produce huge amounts of waste, and find independent cafés and restaurants to eat at, and even buy produce from local markets, if there are any around.
This is probably harder to aim to do than the others on the list, but with more companies becoming eco-conscious and eco-friendly it should be getting easier. Everyone tries to aim for affordable and quality accommodation but booking an eco-friendly place should be important too. Maybe find the ones that offer an alternative or eco-friendly accommodation (glamping holidays are a great option!) and have eco-friendly features such as zero-food waste, organic food and even recycled toilet paper! Be sure to travel there in an eco-friendly way too!
Have you any eco-travel tips you already do or think I should do when travelling? What are your thoughts on the subject? Let me know in the comments or via social media!