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23 Mar

Alternative ways for sustainable & responsible traveling

As we are in this high-number of traveling so easily nowadays, there are numerous alternative ways to travel even air might be the quickest, convenient and most accessible way to travel the world. When it comes to responsible traveling, you can not only be more planet-friendly, but also fun and definitely beneficial for the environment and yourself. 

This week we are sharing some tips and easy ways to travel more sustainably and eco-friendly. With some or most of them you might be familiar, although, it is essential to remind yourself that there are always alternatives. Next weeks we will be looking into alternative ways to travel specifically in Barcelona. Now dive in and find out more about more sustainable ways to travel in our #EcoAge. 

In practical terms, alternative travel means for instance: traveling in low season, choosing local operators and low density/moderately commercialized areas, preferring public or no-fuel transportation and traditional/small-scale accommodations.

  • While everything starts within preparation, it is recommended to pack light & use second-hand travel gear and reusable bags. If you don’t travel often and therefore anticipate needing the item only intermittently in the future, do yourself one better and borrow from a friend or family member.
  • When possible, use public transit, not taxis, for longer intra-city trips. In many major cities, particularly in the developed world, public transit is good enough to replace taxis on most longer – distance trips within the urban core.
  • This might be new to some, but now you are able to purchase carbon offsets (when you buy an offset, you fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions). All the trips, no matter how well-planned, are not entirely carbon neutral. It’s inevitable: your journey will directly contribute to greenhouse gas pollution. Well-known options generally regarded as legitimate include the Carbonfund.org Foundation, TerraPass, and Native Energy.
  • Also, always try to stay in shared accommodations (or do a homestay), support local businesses, especially the ones with confirmed commitments to sustainability, eat local and #LeaveNoTrace.

All of these decisions and little steps can help (and will help if we put very little effort) to reduce the environmental consequences. Bon voyage!