Now that traveling is opening up again, there are certain things each one of us can do to leave behind a smaller footprint. With wildfires, heatwaves, floods, hurricanes, and many other natural disasters occurring more often, it is becoming clear that the actions we take affect the planet.
Here is a list of seven ways to travel responsibly, from the luggage you choose to the way you treat your hotel room.
Travel With Monos Luggage
Monos is the first luggage brand to join Climate Neutral. Being a part of this organization, Monos has put the right processes and steps together to measure, offset, and reduce their carbon emissions in every aspect of their business operations. From their Carry-On to Compressible Packing Cubes, you know that you will be doing your part no matter what you buy. And with their total revenue Monos donates 1% to verified non-profit organizations that are dedicated to preserving and restoring the natural world.
Take Public Transport
The fewer emissions we put out into the climate, the better overall the earth will be. Taking public transit starts before your vacation does, as you can hop on transit to get to the airport before your flight.
Once you are at your travel destination, look up their transit options and see how accessible it is. Busses, trams, trains, bike-share programs, and the subway are great ways to get around a city.
Bring your own headphones
It’s 2021, and everyone most likely is using their pair of headphones for their personal use. Instead of using the free headphones for watching tv on your flights instead, use your own.
If you don’t have a pair that connects with the flight’s inboard viewing systems, take a look before flying and get an adaptor that allows your headphones to work on their system. Not only will you be helping our planet, but you will be able to enjoy a much better audio experience.
Travel overland when you can
A lot of us don’t settle on one destination when going on vacation. We like to see as many cities and sights as possible when in a new land. There are other options to flying that are safer for our planet and a more enjoyable way of traveling.
Look for connecting trains between cities. Taking a train will allow you to see more of the country and give you a lot more legroom to lay back and enjoy the comforts of traveling.
Drink local beer
The footprint for shipping consumer goods and products around the globe is a significant issue when it comes to harming our planet. Wherever you go, make sure you choose products that the local populate makeover big brand names that you know from back home.
When picking local beers and foods will cost you less and allow you to get a more comprehensive knowledge of an area. You most likely have been accustomed to not stepping outside your comfort zone when it comes to trying new things. Go ahead and drink that local beer, taste the different hops, and who knows, maybe you will find a new favorite drink.
Treat your hotel like home
When staying in a hotel or short stay Airbnb, treat it as if you were living in your own house. Turn the lights off when you leave, only use one towel until you usually would wash it, and don’t make more waste than you would at home.
The amount of water used to clean a new towel for each person every time they shower in a hotel is a significant toll on our planet. Try to use one towel for a week before you get a new one.
Bring a personal water bottle
When we travel, there is a lot of walking, sightseeing, and hiking to see all the things you want to see. Unlike at home, we don’t have that home base to use our washroom and get hydrated. Because of always being on the move, usually in summer weather, our need to drink water goes up drastically.
Instead of buying a plastic bottle of water multiple times a day for your trip, bring a reusable bottle that fits into your travel backpack or purse. This will save you money and protect our landfills and oceans from more plastic that doesn’t break down naturally. Monos has the perfect multi-use water that also purifies your water, eradicating 99.9% of all bacteria in it with the swipe of your thumb. Pick up the Kiyo UVC Bottle.
Now it’s up to you
I have laid out seven pretty simple changes in your travel style that will 100% help the planet in the long run. Which one of these will you implement on your next travel?
And do you think it’s possible to take all seven of these and change what traveling looks like to you for good?