8 tips for becoming a more sustainable traveler in 2022, Lifestyle News

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As the travel industry is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions alone, it is time to include the concept of sustainability in this aspect, now that the gates have been opened and we are all rushing to book our next one. travel adventure.

While our eager-to-travel hearts can never deny a travel opportunity, here are some tips on how to rethink your post-pandemic journey and become a more environmentally conscious traveler in 2022.

Leave the plane and embrace slow travel

Among the top ten carbon pollution sectors in the world, aviation is expected to reach a quarter of all emissions by 2050. Yes, we know, it sounds scandalous. While it seems like we can’t avoid flying, when the situation allows, it’s a good idea to get on a train or bus to get from one city to another (especially in larger regions like Europe and the United States). .

On the plus side of this slow journey, it also allows you to experience the breathtaking landscapes and countryside of a city or country along the way.

In a city itself, we suggest you choose to take a ride on a bicycle or electric scooter to discover the most hidden corners of your destination, just like a local. If you have to take a taxi, opt for ride sharing, which would not only allow you to offset your emissions, but also meet some interesting people along the way. The greater the number of passengers, the lower the carbon footprint for each person.

If a flight seems to be your only option, look for airlines that use biofuels and renewable jet fuels if possible. More and more airlines are looking to adopt this as technology progresses.

To name a few, Alaska Airlines, KLM, Aeromexico, Lufthansa, United and Delta Airlines are making the transition. Singapore Airlines will also begin using a blend of fuel derived from used cooking oil and waste animal fats as part of a pilot program.

Put a greener roof over your head

You don’t have to camp out in the wilderness to be a more environmentally conscious traveler. As avid nature lovers who love beautiful things, we present the concept of Eco-lodging and cabins.

A popular concept on Airbnb, filter your search by clicking on “Homes of the Earth” and you’ll be presented with a plethora of options including homes that are sustainably made from natural materials, that offer solar panels, or are owned by green thumbs who share sustainability – living thought.

For people who prefer the comfort and convenience of hotels and resorts, it is a good habit to check their websites for environmental credentials and eco-friendly practices.

It could be as simple as locally sourcing products and ingredients, the use of renewable energy, recycled composites, or the absence of single-use plastic products. Accommodation booking websites like Trip.com are also jumping on the sustainability train, where users can offset their CO2 emissions during checkout with the help of digital tools like Choose.

Use the power of the “Do Not Disturb” sign.

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Hotels often consume liters of water and energy due to unnecessary washing of sheets and other fabrics.

By hanging the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door, you can minimize your carbon footprint and reuse sheets and towels, as well as save energy when it comes to vacuuming and cleaning non-essentials. Works great for short trips that don’t require frequent turndown services.

Choose local and seasonal

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Most of our travel dollars end up being pocketed by large foreign-owned conglomerates. In a while, to support the local community and culture, try to break away from spending money on fast and unsustainable travel practices.

This support can come in a number of ways, such as eating at restaurants that carry out farm-to-table practices and use seasonal ingredients, buying products created by local artisans, choosing a family-run stay instead of a hotel chain, and participating in sustainable activities such as fishing and hiking with local guides.

Eliminate single-use plastic

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Aided by our on-the-go lifestyle, single-use plastics have become more of a hindrance than a solution when it comes to environmentally friendly travel. A good habit would be to travel with your own cutlery and refillable water bottles and cups (useful for coffee and reducing the use of plastic and paper cups).

There are many companies out there offering foldable variants that make the perfect travel essential. It is also good to bring your own toiletries in reusable bottles to avoid using the plastic ones provided in hotels.

Also invest in a good multi-purpose travel plug. Reusable and applicable worldwide, you’ll save so much on plastic and dollar bills on this one, compared to buying a new one every time you fly.

Your skin care is also important

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Although it’s good for the skin, many sunscreens are not known to contain a common chemical called oxybenzone that can damage coral reefs in the oceans with sea anemones and corals. While we don’t recommend running the skin command, we recommend using the right one.

When purchasing sunscreen, be wary of this chemical and opt for reef-safe options that contain natural products and raw elements instead. Brands like Supergoop! they are inventing new formulas that are reef safe and also offer a good amount of SPF.

Be thrifty with your clothes

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Trust us, no one understands the thrill of buying new clothes for a trip more. However, the clothes we buy for a trip often end up on our closet shelves later without a suitable occasion to wear them.

The best way to do this is to create a capsule wardrobe with many bases that can be combined to create different outfits. If you just need to shop, try second hand and second hand buying instead (see our article on Instagram’s best thrift shops in Singapore).

This also applies to winter clothing, if you live around the equator, where summer all year round is one thing. Otherwise, invest in one or two quality pieces, which will last for years.

Leave no traces behind

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The best advice we can offer you is to leave a better place than when you arrived. Donate to sustainable efforts, opt for beach cleanups, and offer your support to hotels that care for wildlife protection and daycare programs.

We know bubble baths can be tempting, but opt ​​for shorter showers instead and save energy by turning off plugs and switches when not in use. After all, sometimes a drop in the ocean can cause a chain reaction.

Have a good trip!

This article was first published in City Nomads.