5 Most Eco-Friendly Ways to Travel in 2022
The novel coronavirus led to strict lockdowns and travel bans that led people to the point of frustration. Those who used to travel every few months to ease their minds and release their stress have now been barred into their hometown for more than a year.
The good news is, the situation across the globe is getting under control, with several vaccines now available. The lockdowns have also eased a lot. In fact, in many countries, the lockdowns and travel bans have completely been lifted, enabling residents to go out and enjoy.
As the travel bans are easing (you require a complete dosage of the COVID vaccine, though), people like me have now started planning their long-awaited travels. With so many people around the world planning for a vacation, I believe that this year will be a great year for the global travel and tourism industry.
Furthermore, since local air tickets are available at lower prices due to limited business, vacations are now affordable for a lot more people than usual. I personally added two more venues to my vacation just because the airfares were cheaper. Hotel booking apps and multiple accommodation options have also hyped the travels since it is quite easy to find a place within your budget now.
Although local and international travel will flourish this year, I am afraid that it might lead to a lot of environmental damage as pretty much every journey will incorporate petrol-based means of transport in one way or the other.
How is Traveling Affecting the Environment?
Did you know that tourism accounts for 4.6% of global warming? There are several factors that lead to such a high percentage of environmental damage. CO2 emissions from cars is among the leading reasons. There is a lot of transportation involved in tourism.
People use cars, buses, vans, and even planes that contribute to the growing emissions. In fact, CO2 emissions account for almost 75% of the total pollution caused by the global tourism sector. There are many factors that contribute to how much CO2 your mode of transport is emitting. Some of these factors include the distance and your need for an air conditioner or heater during the journey.
The point is, traveling is costing our environment a lot, and with the currently increasing trends in tourism, things can get very bad very fast.
Here’s the good part. I took some time out to identify a few ways you and I will be able to reduce environmental damage while traveling. Here is how we can do it.
1. Plan Ahead
While you’re planning on where to go, also try to give a little thought to what you’ll be carrying along. Try to opt for necessities only and leave anything extra behind. I always prefer taking recyclable stuff like bottles and shopping bags, so I produce as little trash on the way as possible.
Furthermore, I always make sure to unplug all electronic devices like TV and microwave, and only leave the essentials like a freezer connected – this saves a lot of energy that would otherwise be spent in vain. Although we live in a time where physical newspapers are going obsolete if you are an old-school person like me, you probably have a service for delivery; stop the service so you won’t be wasting those extra sheets of paper you don’t read.
2. Opting for Your Destination
Over the years, I have realized that something even as insignificant as the destination you choose can have an impact on the environment. How, you ask? Well, air travel contributes a lot to CO2 emissions, so if you plan to go international, you would be participating in a journey that causes a great deal of harm to the environment.
On the other hand, opting for a local city or a place nearby will enable you to opt for less harmful modes of transport like a coach or a train.
In addition to the destination, the season you choose for traveling also has an impact on nature. Extreme temperatures usually require heating or cooling, both of which emit harmful gases into the environment. If you travel in moderate weather, you will not require an air conditioner or heater, keeping you from harming the environment.
Another key to keeping the atmosphere safe is to try and opt for as few destinations as possible, because the more you travel, the likelier you are to use transport that harms the environment.
3. Tag Someone Along
Traveling is supposed to be fun. I never travel alone. If a friend is not free, I’d rather find an acquaintance to tag along with rather than traveling alone. Fortunately, this is quite environment-friendly as well. It is because when you travel in groups, you reduce the damage per person by opting for a single mode of conveyance instead of using separate cars or other automobiles.
Here’s a tip: there are a lot of traveling services out there. If you are unable to tag someone along, simply opt for a service that takes groups on tour.
4. Opt for a Coach
Have several people to go with? Instead of taking two or more personal cars, it is a lot better to hire a coach service and use one vehicle instead. This way, not only will you be contributing to the safety of the environment, but you will also be able to enjoy more, making the most out of your vacation.
Think of this in terms of numbers: a coach will be able to carry thirty or more people, whereas you will need at least three to four cars to accommodate the same number of people.
5. Try Energy-efficient Vehicles
In this modern-day and age, electric cars and hybrid coaches are quite common on roads. Opting for alternatives that emit less to no CO2 will enable you to contribute to the safety of the environment.
On the contrary, choosing to travel on conventional fuel-operated vehicles will cause more damage as it would release a lot more CO2. You can always ask around for green-seal certified providers that provide environment-friendly tourism.
Even the simplest of our decisions like when to travel, where to travel, who to travel with, and what to pack along can have a serious collective impact on the environment. Make sure you weigh the consequences of each of your decisions before you draft your traveling plan this year.