An industry that always seems to get the biggest blame when it comes to greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, is travel — specifically the airline industry ✈️. The truth is, air travel only makes up around 2% of human-based CO2 emissions.
Anyone trying to live a green life has experienced the internal dialogue when it comes to figuring out how to make the more sustainable choice. It’s important to remember that nobody’s perfect…seriously. Even those picture perfect 📷 eco-warrior influencers have their struggles too.
Keep in mind some easy swaps you can make in order to be more sustainable, and don’t get down on yourself if you can’t.
The easiest way to travel more sustainably is to stay in one place for longer, instead of constantly moving about. The longer you stay, the less the bedding, clothes and towels need to be washed, which will save a ton of water. 💧
Camping is a great way to travel because you take everything you need with you (& your buddies, and you bring it back with you as well. If you’re not ready to brave the elements in a tent, consider caravan holidays. With the rise of #vanlife, there are more companies than ever running with the staycation concept meaning campervan rentals are a dime a dozen. The obvious advantage is that you combine transport and accommodation, which saves money and resources. Plus, it’s nice to get back to basics every once in a while.
😴 Hostels: Bunking up
This is often where minds go when people hear the term eco-travel. Crazy hippie communes where no one showers and everyone sits around in a circle singing kumbaya ✌️. While that may have been a thing in the past, hostels now are known for having some of the most amazing design features and aren’t nearly as bare bones as they used to be. You’ll have the opportunity to meet plenty of new people, share a few meals, and swap tips from other destinations. You do need to bring your own toiletries, which is a great thing as it cuts down on plastic waste from hotel amenities.
🛖 Eco Lodges
Many associate eco-friendly or sustainable travel with cheap and budget, but that really isn’t the case…or at least it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve already started on your eco-journey, you’ll know that being green costs some green, so the most eco friendly accommodation out there can cost more than a few quid 💷. For some inspiration, check out the list Wanderlust put together.
Use your vacation time for something good. There are so many worthy causes that rely on work from volunteers to keep running. Look into various conservation projects or organic farms in the country you’re interested in travelling to — not only will you be doing good for the planet, you’ll be opening yourself up to new opportunities. Personal growth is a huge part of travel!
🌿 Eco Tours
Depending on the type of traveller you are, you may be a huge fan of organised tours. If that’s the case, just be mindful of the operator you’re choosing. Skip the elephant ride 🐘 in Thailand 🇹🇭 and visit an elephant sanctuary instead.
- Take the ⛴ instead of 🛫
- Try the 🚄 instead of your 🚗
With all of Europe on your doorstep, and an extensive network of trains, busses, and ferries, slow travel is easily doable - why not check out Byway! Did you know you can get to China from London just by using trains?
If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation to South America, or want to visit some family down in Australia 🐨, don’t let the thought of your flight’s carbon emissions put you off. Eco-friendly travel is all about making sustainable choices when possible. Feel guilty about that long flight? Offset the carbon emissions from your journey — chances are the airline will give you that possibility right at the time of booking.
At Bequest, we take sustainability seriously. We are committing to do our bit for the planet. Not only do we save on paper by having our all of life admin online (wills and life insurance included), we’re planting 1 tree for every policy sold, with Just One Tree, supported by Eden Reforestation Project. While we currently only offer life insurance, we think it’s fantastic that other insurance companies are taking into account what really matters. You get peace of mind and are giving back to the environment — that’s what we call a win-win!