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9 Eco-Friendly Travel Tips for a Sustainable Adventure

Exploring the world is a privilege, but it shouldn't cost the earth. Sustainable travel allows you to explore with a lighter footprint, and it's easier (and often cheaper) than you might think. Here are 9 Eco-friendly tips to transform your next trip into a sustainable adventure!

Author: Camp Canada
26 Apr 09:24
Travel via a Direct Flight

Flying isn't the most sustainable mode of transport due to the overall carbon footprint of air travel. However, flying direct is a more sustainable option compared to connecting flights. This is because connecting flights, with multiple takeoffs and landings, have a much larger carbon footprint than direct flights. Also, It can be more impactful to fly economy rather than business or first class as they’re 3 times more carbon intensive according to a Work Bank study. So, where possible, opting for a direct flight in economy can be a small contribution to travelling sustainably.

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Pack reusable items

Packing a good water bottle, reusable cup and canvas bag is a small change that can make a positive impact on the places you explore. You’ll be reducing the need for single-use plastic and you’ll save money while you’re at it! Many coffee shops offer discounts when you bring your own reusable cup. Saving the planet whilst staying fueled for your adventures - It’s a win-win!

Leave no trace

As travellers, it's important to leave your surroundings exactly as you found them, with no trace of your visit. Respect the environment you’re in and make sure to dispose of rubbish (or trash) responsibly or take it with you if necessary. It’s also important to stay on established trails and be mindful of any wildlife you may encounter. Keep a safe distance and observe them quietly to avoid disturbing them. These small habits can create a big impact and would certainly make Sir David Attenborough proud!

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Embrace slow travel

Slow travel is all about staying in the place you're visiting for longer. It allows you to immerse yourself in local culture, connect with people from different backgrounds and absorb the way of life in that place. By embracing this, you’ll transform from a tourist to a temporary local and create a more meaningful and authentic experience for yourself. Through slow travel, you’ll gain a much broader perspective and understanding of the world.

If you're heading out to summer camp, the three months you will spend there will be a powerful exchange. You'll not only shape campers' experiences, but they'll also leave a lasting mark on you.

Shop consciously

The excitement of a new adventure can easily lead to an impulsive shopping spree, especially if you’re going to summer camp for the first time. But before you hit the shops to revamp your wardrobe, consider the impact that this can have. Shopping consciously by hitting up second-hand shops and online reselling platforms like eBay, Vinted or Depop can help you find what you need without the environmental impact or hefty price tag. This can help your bank balance especially if you’re travelling on a budget. You could also consider opting for high-quality pieces that will last beyond your travels or build a capsule wardrobe that you can mix and match so you can travel light!

It’s also important to shop consciously once you touch down. Be mindful of impulse purchases and seek out locally-made souvenirs that are unique and one of a kind. These will hold a lot more meaning and will contribute to supporting local artists and communities which will leave a positive impact long after you depart.

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Pack Light

Did you know that packing light is not just convenient, it's also sustainable? A lighter bag means a lighter airplane which means less fuel is used, significantly reducing your carbon footprint. Consider using packing cubes to compress your clothes and maximize space in your bag or suitcase. These are great to keep everything neat and accessible when on the go. Not only will you be sustainable, but you'll also save yourself the aches and pains of lugging a heavy suitcase or a backpack, a benefit for anyone travelling solo!

Support Local and indigenous communities

If you're fortunate enough to visit a place with Indigenous cultures, engage with local businesses and Indigenous-led experiences. You’re not only contributing to the local economy, but also gaining a deeper understanding of the land, its history, and the cultures that have shaped it. By choosing to engage in this way, you’re not only enriching your own travel experience but also contributing to the sustainability of these communities and environments.

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Use trains, bikes and walking to get around

Immerse yourself in the local vibe by using buses and trains to get around. Public transportation is not only eco-friendly, it's often budget-friendly and a great way to see the sights. You could also consider walking or cycling as you might discover hidden gems along the way!

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Even with the best efforts, travel isn't entirely carbon emission-free. If you're passionate about minimising your environmental impact, consider offsetting your carbon footprint. There are many reputable charities and organisations that allow you to invest in renewable energy projects and support other sustainability initiatives.

These nine eco-friendly tips are just the beginning. By following these, you'll be well on your way to becoming a conscious traveller. It’s important to remember that sustainable travel isn't just a trend; it's a mindset that allows you to explore the world with a lighter footprint. So, choose a sustainable adventure, book your flights and pack your bags for an adventure that's kind to the planet and enriching for yourself.

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