Flying to destinations across the world contributes a lot to carbon emissions. Not to mention the amount of water used daily to wash towels and linen from millions of hotels, resorts, and other accommodations. So yes, the travel industry does contribute to the increasing carbon footprint problem. But because of the rising awareness of eco-friendly travel, more measures are being put in place to minimise its harmful impact to the planet.
In the United Kingdom, there has been an increase of green and gorgeous places to stay and more responsible form of tours and transportation. If you’re planning your next holiday UK destination, you can also do your part by being a green traveller.
Use reusable containers
Pack your toiletries, snacks, and water in reusable containers instead of disposable ones. There are many bottles and bags available today that have been designed to suit the needs of different types of travellers.
Don’t bring more than what you actually need. Heavier luggage uses more fuel to transport. Besides, you don’t want to be weighed down by an overstuffed bag when you’re exploring the peaks of Scotland or the idyllic towns in England.
Tour on foot, bike, or public transportation
Not only will you cut your carbon emissions, you can see the sights and sounds at a more leisurely pace. Plus, you might discover some local secrets during your stroll, like the best village bakery or a beautiful pocket park.
Eat and shop local
Buy souvenirs made by the locals and place them in a reusable bag. Eat at places that get their produce from local producers, or go to the farmers’ market and try some local delicacies.
Be a mindful traveller
Switch off the lights and air conditioner in your hotel room if you will be going out for several hours. If your sheets and towels are still clean, inform management or staff that you don’t need them to be changed. There are so many other ways you can be a green traveller. What other suggestions do you have?
Photos by: Ginny, Giorgio Galeotti, karendesuyo, The Falcondale