Ako sa stať trvalo udržateľným cestovateľom

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Publikované: 2/17/2020 | 17. februára, 2020

Po rokoch na okraji sa trvalo udržateľná cesta dostala do popredia cestovného priemyslu. Cestovanie šetrné k životnému prostrediu je teraz jedným z najrýchlejších rastúcich pohybov v priemysle, a ja pre jedného vítam tento trend. Je to neuveriteľne dôležitou témou, o ktorej som píšem už roky.

Koniec koncov, prečo zničiť to, čo milujete? Nikto nechce vidieť Paradise spevnený. Všetci sa vrátíme, keď sa vrátime k nadmernému, znečistenému destinácii. Nikto z nás nechce prispieť.

Byť ekologickým cestujúcim je jednoducho úctivým cestovateľom.

Keď sa snažíme stať sa environmentálne vedomým, otázky pre cestujúcich sa stávajú:

Ako my “zelené” naše cesty?

Čo môžeme urobiť, aby sme znížili našu uhlíkovú stopu, keď cestujeme na svete?

Ako môžeme lepšie spolupracovať s komunitami, ktoré navštevujeme?

Aké zmeny môžeme urobiť, že sú skutočne užitočné?

Flight Shacing Ľudia nie je odpoveď, ale my všetci zostaneme doma a prestať cestovať?

Našťastie je tu vlastne veľa, čo môžeme urobiť ako cestujúci na zníženie našej ekologickej stopy a zároveň prispieť k udržateľnosti spoločenstiev, ktoré navštevujeme.

Tu je 13 konkrétnych spôsobov, ako znížiť váš vplyv na životné prostredie ako cestujúci:

1. Zostaňte v blízkosti domova

Hoci exotické je vždy príťažlivé, cestovanie nemusí byť asi ísť niekde ďaleko. Cestovanie je umenie prieskumu a objavovania – a to môže byť rovnako blízko. Nájdite niekde blízko domova, že ste neboli, dostať sa do auta (alebo ešte lepšie, vziať autobus) a ísť navštíviť. Nikdy neviete, čo sa stretnete!

“X” je vždy najzaujímavejšie miesto na mape.

2. Urobte si voľby zelenšieho dopravy

Ak môžete, pokúste sa cestovať vlakom alebo autobusom. Nielen

A keď cestujú autom, zvážte ponúknutie jazdy ostatným cestujúcim, aby ste znížili svoje kolektívne emisie a znížiť náklady. Mnoho ľudí bude radi, že chip do plynu, ak ich šetrí čas, čo znamená, že môžete ušetriť peniaze a znížiť uhlíkovú stopu v rovnakom čase. Win-Win! To zníži emisie prepravy na osobu na polovicu (ak nie viac). Použite platformy ako Blablacar, Couchsurfing a Craigslist nájsť Roseshares v blízkosti vás.

Vyhnite sa lietaniu alebo jazde na dlhé vzdialenosti sami, kedykoľvek môžete.

3. Pomáhajte

Keď cestujeme do zahraničia, máme tendenciu ponáhľať sa z miesta na miesto, ktoré sa snažíme namočiť čo najviac pamiatok. Dostanem to. Koniec koncov, nie každý môže byť stálych nomádov, a keď máte obmedzený čas a nie ste si istí, ak sa vrátite znova, vidím, prečo ľudia “cestujú rýchlo.”

Avšak, nielen to zvyšuje náklady na dopravu, pretože sa veľa pohybujete, skončíte zvýšenie vašej uhlíkovej stopy. Všetky tie vlaky, autobusy a lietadlá pridávajú. Čím menej, tým lepšie, tým lepšie.

Okrem toho, že dobrý cestujúci nielen znamená zníženie vašej uhlíkovej stopy, ale aj dobrá komunitám, ktoré navštívite. Denné zakopnutie prináša veľmi málo peňazí do komunít, ale ovplyvňuje svoju infraštruktúru silno (preto je mesto Hallstatt v Rakúsku obmedziť denné výlety). Tak sa snažte zostať v destinácii aspoň jednu noc.

Cestovanie do menej destinácií je dobré nielen pre vašu peňaženku a klímu, je to dobré pre miestne komunity rovnako.

(Navyše, spomalenie vašich ciest vám umožní spoznať miesta hlbším spôsobom, pretože tam budete stráviť viac času. V cestovaní, menej môže byť viac.)

4. Pack Smart

Kým špecifiká budú závisieť od toho, kde idete, existuje niekoľko vecí, ktoré budete chcieť priviesť s vami, aby vám pomohol cestovať viac trvalo udržateľnejšie:

Opakovane použiteľná fľaša vodu – Nalgén robí trvanlivé fľaše, ktoré sú zadarmo BPA a vyrobené v USA.

Water filter – many destinations don’t have potable water, which means you’re going to be using tons of single-use plastic. Instead, bring a Lifestraw or SteriPen. These devices will purify your water so you can drink from practically anywhere, ensuring you can avoid single-use plastic bottles.

Tote bag/stuff sack – If you’re traveling long-term, bring a tote back or an extra stuff sack. You can use them for buying groceries and avoid plastic bags. At other times, they can be used to keep your bag organized.

Diva cup – This is a reusable menstrual cup. While I can’t speak from personal experience, it’s something our resident solo female travel expert packs when she travels, since menstrual products are not always available (and can also be quite wasteful).

Utensils – travel cutlery (a fork, knife, and spoon, or just a spork or a set of chopsticks) can come in handy if you’re on a budget and plan on cooking your own meals. but they’re also useful for street food and eating out, as you can avoid plastic cutlery.

Additionally, bring a small Tupperware container for leftovers. I always find myself with extra food when I cook in hostels. This helps avoid waste and provides food for the next day. It’s an fantastic travel hack surprisingly few people make use of.

5. Fly with fewer connections

While I don’t believe in flight shaming, it’s impossible to deny that flying does have a hefty carbon impact. In addition to limiting your flying, try to use longer flights with fewer connections. A significant portion of airplane emissions occur during takeoff and landing, which means if you fly shorter flights with more connections, your emissions will be drastically higher.

Flying direct is simply the better option environmentally, so opt for that whenever possible.

6. avoid Overvisited Destinations

If you can, avoid cities grappling with overtourism. You’ll find fewer crowds and lower prices, and you also won’t be putting as much strain on local communities struggling to keep up. (And, from a sheer personal-enjoyment point of view, who wants to deal with crowds or long lines? No one.)

If you do visit overtouristed places, such as Venice, Amsterdam, or Barcelona, pick a hotel or hostel instead of using sites like Airbnb. apartment rentals drive up rents for locals and force them out of the city center. Unless you’re going to share accommodation with a local by renting a room from them (or using Couchsurfing), stick to hotels and hostels. Airbnb and similar sites really are detrimental to cities that don’t have a lot of housing.

7. Take Public Transportation

After walking, public transportation is the next best way to explore new destinations. On arrival, head to the local tourism office to learn about the options (as well as any visitor discounts available for public transit).

If you do need a taxi, use ridesharing apps instead. Uber and Lyft have a “pool” option in many cities, which lets you split your ride with other travelers. While it may take a little longer to get to your destination, it will save you money and ensure that your ride is as eco-friendly as possible.

When it comes to longer distances, budget buses are your best way of getting around, since they usually pack in a lot of passengers. Megabus and FlixBus are two of the most popular options.

8. eat local

Food that is imported has a much higher carbon footprint than locally grown food (and it’s usually not as fresh either). To keep your carbon footprint down, eat like a local. stick to foods that are grown locally, and avoid packaged and imported foods much as possible. This will ensure that you’re eating seasonal produce, which not only is going to be the freshest but will also support the local economy. (Also, stick to organic food if you can.)

Sure, the odd Western comfort meal is not the end of the world, but the more you eat locally, the more you reduce your environmental footprint and the more you help the local economy as well. After all, you didn’t come to Thailand to eat a burger you could get at home, right?

9. cut Back on Meat and Dairy

I’m not saying you need to go vegan. I love meat and never plan to give up bacon. but if you’re concerned with the impact of your food, reducing your meat and dairy intake is extremely helpful. Over 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food — and the majority of those emissions are from animal products. So by cutting back on your meat and dairy consumption, you’ll drastically reduce your carbon footprint. (Avoid Brazilian beef if you can, as lot comes from cleared rainforest land. Cattle ranching is the #1 cause of rainforest deforestation in the world. same for soy too.)

Plus, it’s never been easier to travel as a vegan or vegetarian, as there are tons of fantastic restaurants out there — as well as apps to help you find them (you can download the HappyCow app to find the best vegan and vegetarian options near you).

Even if you take meat and dairy out of one meal a week, you’ll be moving the needle in favor of a lower carbon footprint and a more ethical diet.

10. avoid animal Attractions

Part of traveling green is helping the other creatures that inhabit his earth. That means you should avoid any and all attractions that use captive wild animals for entertainment. the most common offenders are riding elephants, swimming with dolphins, visiting captive whales, and petting (drugged) tigers. These activities require animal abuse and imprisonment and should be avoided.

Animals are best viewed in their natural habitats. If you want to see them, go on a safari, jungle hike, or whale-watching tour and see the animals where they belong, in the wild.

If you want to be an ethical and responsible traveler, stick to taking photographs and avoid direct interactions with animals.

For more information on animal tourism and how to avoid it, check out these helpful organizations:

World animal Protection

Wildlife Watch

11. reduce Your Plastic Use

I hate plastic. It creates a ton of waste. From plastic bottles to toothpaste tubes to shopping bags,plastic sucks. I admit I’m not perfect, and I still use too much, but I’m always trying to reduce my consumption (both at home and abroad).

Avoiding plastic as much as possible is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. You can buy a reusable water bottle, use toothpaste tabs, carry your own cutlery, and travel with a canvas bag for starters.

Additionally, skip the plastic straws and cutlery and avoid getting take-out unless it comes in biodegradable containers. Straws can take 200 years to biodegrade, and plastic bags take 20. Don’t let a few minutes of convenience endanger the planet. skip the plastic.

12. cut Back on Cruises

Cruises are one of the worst offenders when it comes to carbon footprints and overtourism. Taking a cruise has the same average per-person carbon footprint as flying from London to Tokyo — round-trip. That’s almost 20,000 kilometers (12,500 miles)!

Thanks to cruises, carbon emissions in popular port cities can be so high that thousands of people actually die prematurely every year.

And to top it all off, day-trippers from cruises visits are overwhelming local economies, driving up prices, forcing out locals, and creating destinations that are over-reliant on tourism.

Don’t get me wrong: cruises are a fun way to travel. but if you’re looking to lower your environmental footprint, you’ll want to avoid cruises as much as possible.

13. Take a Nature-Related Trip

Travel is one of the best personal development tools there is. It opens you up to a whole new world and widens your perspective of so many things — people, culture, history, food, and so much more.

If you want to better understand and appreciate the natural world, try taking a trip with the sole purpose of connecting with nature. Head to the Australian Outback, go diving and swim around coral reefs, visit national parks, camp in the Moroccan desert, stay a few weeks in a town with little or no electricity, canoe down the Amazon River, or spend a few nights under the stars in a field close to home.

Do something that gets you in touch with the world in a way that sitting at home with all the electricity and free-flowing running water doesn’t. I promise that when you come home, you’ll have a new perspective on why we’re all so focused on being environmentally friendly these days.

It doesn’t take much to see that we are living unsustainably and something’s got to give. going on a nature adventure can get you to think differently when it comes to the environment and how important it is for us to treat it well.

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Traveling in a more green and eco-friendly way is something we should all aspire to. As travelers, it’s our responsibility to make sure that, while we explore the globe, we do so in a way that doesn’t harm the planet or the local communities that we visit.

With a few simple changes, you can all become better and more sustainable travelers. You just need to take that first step. action begets action, and the more actions you take, the easier the other ones will be.

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