Green Travel: Explore the World Responsibly

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Inspired by a story of Caitlin Weich – Irish traveller on a low carbon adventure, we wanted to write a blog about Green Travel.

Do you love to travel but are also mindful of your impact on the environment? You’re not alone. With the increase of awareness about climate change, many people are looking for ways to travel more sustainably and responsibly. This is where the concept of green travel comes in. Green travel means making informed choices that reduce your environmental impact while still allowing you to explore the world. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to travel green and why it’s important.

1. Choose eco-friendly accommodations

The first step to green travel is to choose eco-friendly accommodations. This includes hotels, hostels, and even vacation rentals. Look for accommodations that have certifications like Green Globe, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and Green Key. These certifications mean that the property has met specific sustainability standards. Additionally, choose accommodations that have policies in place for waste reduction, energy conservation, and water conservation. You can also choose accommodations that have implemented renewable energy systems like solar panels and wind turbines.

2. Use eco-friendly transport

Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions when it comes to travel. However, you can reduce your impact by choosing eco-friendly transport options. Choose to walk or bike instead of using a car if possible. If you need to use public transport, opt for buses or trains instead of a plane. If you must fly, make sure to choose airlines that have policies in place for reducing their carbon emissions. You can also offset your carbon footprint by buying carbon credits.

3. Pack lightly

Packing light not only makes your travels easier, but it also helps to reduce carbon emissions. The heavier the load, the more fuel is needed to transport it. Furthermore, most airlines charge extra fees for heavy bags, which can be avoided by packing lightly. Try to limit your luggage to the essentials and choose clothing items that are versatile and can be worn multiple times. This way, you can easily fit everything into a carry-on or a backpack.

4. Choose sustainable activities and tours

When planning your activities and tours, look for options that are sustainable and have a positive impact on the local environment and communities. Opt for tours that are led by certified eco-guides who are knowledgeable about the local environment. Support local businesses and communities by choosing activities that involve locally made products and services. Additionally, avoid activities that involve animal exploitation like elephant rides or dolphin shows.

5. Be mindful of your waste

Lastly, be mindful of your waste when traveling. This means properly disposing of your waste, recycling when possible, and avoiding single-use plastics like water bottles, straws, and coffee cups. Choose to bring your reusable water bottle, spork, and shopping bag when traveling. Additionally, choose restaurants that serve food with reusable plates, cups, and utensils.


Green travel is not about restricting your travels or compromising on your experiences. It is about making informed choices that have a positive impact on the environment and the local communities. By choosing eco-friendly accommodations, using eco-friendly transport, packing lightly, choosing sustainable activities and tours, and being mindful of your waste, you can make a difference in reducing your environmental impact when traveling. So, let’s explore the world responsibly and leave a positive impact where we go.

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