The union of concerned scientists calculates that the decision to travel by train rather than by airplane will reduce your carbon foot print by up to 75%. It might take longer to get somewhere by train, but you will also see more of the country this way too. Half of the fun of travelling is getting there!
3.) Buy Local products
Local markets sell products that is grown in nearby areas. The less distance food has to travel the less negative impact it has on the environment. Instead of buying expensive lunches why not bring along a SIGG lunchbox or food jar, go to a local market and buy yourself a healthy, locally grown lunch and enjoy the real taste of the country you choose to visit?
4.) Re-cycle as you go
We all accept tthat re-cycling is an important part of helping the environment. Always be aware of the recycling customs of the country you are in as they may be very different to your own. Did you know that in Germany for example it is common to leave glass and plastic bottles next to the trash can and not inside as it is for homeless people to collect? If you aren’t sure of the best way to dispose of your waste responsibly, simply ask a local.
Remember, travelling is a privilege. It is important that we preserve the planet as much as possible so that future generations can enjoy the same experiences in the years to come. The only way that can happen is that while we enjoy ourselves on our travels we keep the environment in mind. Use your common sense, have fun and- bon yoyage!