The art of conscious travel is one that not only helps you be a better person but also saves the Earth one step at a time. Even when you’re on a holiday, being mindful of not leaving staggering carbon footprint behind is only going to benefit your future. Here are a few ways in which you can be a more considerate and sustainable traveller.
Be a greener guest
Most of how we can help can happen at the hotel or the guesthouse. Use water sparingly for showers, don’t leave the towels on the floor if you think you can use it again, switch off the AC and lights when you leave the room, unplug the mini-bar if you’re not using it, let the house-keeping know if your bed-sheets don’t need to be changed everyday and refill your bottle with filtered water instead of lugging plastic bottles everywhere. These may look like inconsequential steps, but they add up to a lot.
A conscious attitude at all times
The best way to imbibe a conscious attitude is by adopting recycle. No matter where you go, it’s the same issues: plastics filling the oceans, landfills swelling, and depleting resources. Try and use environmental and animal friendly toiletries, cups, and clothing.
Also, shifting to a more plant-based diet is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. It works wonders for the body as well. Incase, you can’t give up meat completely, go vegetarian at least a couple of times a week.
Discourage wildlife abuse; be it in any form. Posting selfies with caged or abused animals is not cool anymore, neither is riding the wild animals such as elephants and ostriches. Avoid circuses; the animals are put through a lot of suffering in order to be tamed and harnessed so that they satisfy the human lust for experiences.
Whether it’s souvenir shopping or eating out, always go for the real deal. Mass produced made-in-China products or grabbing a bite at a super food chain won’t help the local business flourish. Also, walk the streets and use public transportation as much as you can. You’d be amazed at how much more you end up experiencing.