Super Easy Tips for Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel

Dear readers,

here I am sitting in the Chicago Midway Airport, just casually waiting for my flight to Toronto. And since it has been awhile after I wrote my last lifestyle post, I thought I would kill time and write another one. Because I’ve been traveling these past few days, I’ve been thinking about the idea of eco-travel. Yes, there are ways to travel while preserving the environment, and no, it’s not difficult. I know some people are skeptical about it, but it truly is not that difficult. And just like every change in life, we can start by doing baby steps. So, I’ve been compiling a few ways that contribute to eco-travel, and some are specifically for women (since I, myself, am a woman). Here they are:

1. Bring your own
My trusty Klean Kanteen water bottle

One of the things that we produce during our travels is waste. We eat and drink on the road, so it is most likely that we will consume and then throw away whatever trash is left over. So, why not bring our own? I’m not just talking about water bottles, but also your eating utensils and drinking straws. When I travel, I always bring my grocery bag, one-liter water bottle, a spoon, chopsticks and my drinking straw. By doing so, I can avoid buying plastic bags, water bottles, plastic utensils and using plastic straws.

2. Do not over pack!

The one mistake that I did in the past was over-packing. Little did I know that the more a plane weighs, the more carbon emission it produces. What does that mean? It means that if every passenger can avoid over-packing their luggage, they can reduce the carbon emission of that plane. After learning this information, I decided to pack only the things I needed. In February 2016, I went on a two-week trip to India with just a carry-on, and in the end, it actually made my trip a lot easier. So, let’s pack wisely! (Check out my packing hacks video here!)

3. Say no to disposable make-up wipes

To all my beautiful ladies, we all know how much we want to look good in a photo, right? I find myself putting on make up during my travels, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. However, have we ever thought about the waste that we produce when throwing away our make up wipes? Here’s an idea: reusable make-up wipes! I bought a reusable make up remover a few months ago and have not returned to disposable ones since. It is easy to use because you only need to use it with water! For extra waterproof eyeliner, I always use olive oil or coconut oil, which I pack in small bottles during my travels.

4. Lilly Cup Compact

Lily Cup Compact

Ladies, this is also for you! Stop what you are doing for a second and think about how much waste we produce through our pads and tampons? A LOT. That’s why I’m suggesting menstrual cups, especially the Lily cup compact. I’m mentioning this particular menstrual cup because you can collapse it and bring it everywhere with you, so it’s perfect for traveling. By the way, this is also a good option even if you are not an avid traveler.

5. Eat and drink locally

When I travel, I try to cook and eat food from the local area. This would mean going to a local market or supporting small local businesses such as small restaurants and even local breweries. By consuming local food and drinking local beers and wine, you are not buying products that were flown or shipped from a different area. Ask your local hostel or hotel about this. I am sure they will be able to give you information!

So, those are some eco-friendly travel tips I have so far. I personally think these small actions can be applied to every day life as well, and I hope that other travelers can start considering these tiny changes. After all, we want to keep exploring the world right?

Un abrazo, B.

P.S.: Can you think about any other eco-travel tips? Leave a comment bellow.

 

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32 Comments

  1. Great tips, loved your idea about carrying the disposables with you in bag so that we don’t create plastic wastes. Also reusable wipes was really a great idea, shall get one for me as well!

  2. Excellent tips Bethanny! All your tips are very simple and easy to implement, and I think it’s always a good reminder to look at these when making a travel plan. I am often guilty of not packing my own water bottle, but trust me the next thing I will do it order it immediately! We all need to contribute to make travel more sustainable 🙂

  3. Great tips Bethanny! Not only are these tips great for the environment, they are super easy to follow.We always travel around with our own water bottles and we try to fill them up as often as possible. I especially love what you wrote about eating locally, it’s super important as it helps the local economy and supports the small restaurants owners and food growers.Great article!

  4. This post is a great way to educate travelers on the importance and simple ways of traveling with lesser environmental impacts. These tips not only reduce wastes but also translate to saving money.

  5. These are great tips and its not just applicable to travelers alone. We can apply this to our day to day life and the world would surely be a better place to live in.

  6. I totally recognized O’Hare in your first photo. These are great travel tips. I especially like the rec to eat and drink locally!

  7. I think your tips are great! I never though to bring with me my water bottle, just in my treks in the Dolomites. But is true! We can do more! And for the last one I LOVE to eat Local! This is a great post!

    1. Yes, bringing a non-disposable water bottle, even just a small one, can make a difference. You can always ask restaurants to fill them up as well. I do that all the time.

  8. Fantastic tips! I’m not sure I’m into the menstrual cup yet. I’ve thought a lot about it but I haven’t been able to hop on that bandwagon just yet. I don’t get how it would work in public bathrooms and spaces and I’m concerned with the hygiene issues as well. Now you have me thinking about it again!

    1. I definitely thought about it for some time. When I go to public bathrooms, I usually bring my water bottle with me so I don’t have to in and out of the bathroom. Just make sure you wash your hands beforehand. Other days, I would set it in before I leave my hotel/hostel and empty it when I get back. It can hang on for 10 hours, which is usually more time than I need. I have an article about the Lily Cup compact alone if you want more insight: http://www.hercoffeediaries.com/asian-girl-lily-cup-compact/

  9. They are some good tips there, I tend to take a water bottle with me because you can now fill them up in Heathrow airport after customs. I never thought about taking my own eating utensil. I never knew that the more a plane weighs, the more carbon emission it produces that is an interesting fact.

  10. Some great tips for budget and sustainable travel here. Carrying my own water bottle is something I haven’t done for a while as often the water in countries I travel to isn’t safe and I have to purchase water regardless, but it would be great for the appropriate destination. Definitely agree with eating locally if it’s all farmed locally. Delicious experiences that way too.

  11. If everyone started following even a couple of these eco-friendly practices religiously (not just while travelling but even daily), the world would be such a different place. Waterbottle and reusable faces wipe..I picked my two.

  12. Amazing tips! I especially love the first one. I’ve been to Thailand this summer during the low-season and they have a huge problem with plastic waste. The majority of beaches were polluted by plastic bottles. We did a volunteering project and cleaned the beaches. The thing is that 10 of us collected a few hundred kilos of plastic waste in one hour.

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