6 easy tips for sustainable travel

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Fly direct

Take-offs and landings burn a lot of jet fuel, so try to fly directly to your destination where possible.

Travel the green way

Taking public transport is the most environmentally friendly way to travel, next to walking or riding a bike. The average carbon footprint when you’re driving a car is 1.87kg, compared to 0.13kg if you ride the train.

Pack lightly

According to research, every additional 10lbs per airplane passenger requires 350 million gallons of jet fuel per year. That amount of fuel can keep a Boeing 747 flying for 10 years! That’s another reason to stick with a carry-on. The lighter the plane, the less fuel it burns and the less impact it has on the environment.

Also read: How to pack your luggage like a pro

Bring your own water bottle

This will help reduce the amount of plastic waste. You’ll also help save the energy that’s needed for processing bottled water. Consider buying a portable filter, which you can use on taps in any country.

Minimise your waste

You can continue the environment-friendly habits you practice at home when you travel, too. This includes bringing reusable shopping bags, leaving disposable utensils when dining out or choosing biodegradable packaging when you need to take food away.

Hire responsible guides and outfitters

Be sure to conduct background checks on guide services and outfitters when you travel. Are their practices ethical and environmentally sustainable? If they claim to help the local community, are their business practices fair? These are questions you need to ask before you engage service providers.

Also read: 6 eco-resorts in Asia that won’t break the bank

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Smile magazine.

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