Top 12 Tips for Sustainable Travel

Over the Last Couple of Years, there has Been a Huge Media and Online Focus on the Climate Emergency.

With an urgent need to cut down on carbon emissions and wasteful choices, people are turning to a greener and more sustainable day-to-day lifestyle. Whether this means walking to work or turning off lights in empty rooms, almost everyone is making minor changes. In one of our most recent blogs, we focused on sustainability in the property market and how the government are making changes to push forward greener housing standards. However, travel and tourism are still one of the leading contributors to high carbon emissions and the impending climate crisis. We’ve done the research and compiled a list of top tips for sustainable travel so you can enjoy your holiday guilt-free.

1. Use Public Transport

This may not be new advice, but public transport has been proven to be one of the most effective and sustainable methods of travelling. Before you arrive, make sure that you are aware of the location of your accommodation and take note of the nearest bus stop, tram line or train station to try and avoid relying on taxis. Take the time to study bus/tram timetables and fares to find the most cost-effective and sustainable method of getting around. It is also better to take a train to your holiday destination instead of driving or flying if possible.

2. Travel Light

Packing light not only makes it easier for you to move your things from point A to point B but can also save you money. Avoid baggage fees if you’re travelling by air and make it easier to fit your luggage onto public transport. Packing light also means you might have a little extra space in your bag for any souvenirs you want to bring home. There’s nothing wrong with wearing the same top twice on your break - all that matters is that you have fun!

3. Walk or Bike Short Distances

Walking is an excellent way of getting around. When on foot, you have the chance to see much more of the local area as well as getting in your daily 10,000 steps! And it's free! With the chance to window shop and view the nooks and crannies of the city, you'll get much more of a local experience than if you were to choose a Taxi ride or public transportation. Renting a bike is another great way of seeing the city and has the added benefit of daily exercise. Take a tour of the city in a green and eco-friendly manner - with no time restraint, you're able to stop off for a cake and coffee in an independent cafe along the way.

4. Bring a Refillable Water Bottle

Plastic pollution is an extremely prominent issue. There is little need for bottled water in the UK due to the all-round drinkable tap water. It's always worth taking a refillable water bottle with you when travelling - in hot temperatures, staying hydrated is always extremely important. If staying in the UK, you can take your water bottle into any coffee shop/chain and ask for a free tap water refill - the barista will be more than happy to help you out. Avoid paying for bottled water and save the planet at the cost of 1 refillable bottle. Read this article to find the best water bottle to buy.

5. Eat Locally

When on holiday, it's always positive to try and support the local shops, cafes and restaurants. Look for restaurants that source their ingredients locally. Remember, the more exotic an ingredient appears to be, the further it has probably travelled, and therefore, the greater the carbon footprint. Experiment with regional foods and recipes when eating out or cooking at your accommodation. Buy your ingredients in the local farmers market and remember to bring your own reusable bag to avoid more plastic waste.

6. Invest in Eco-Friendly Travel Products

The travel-sized product industry is a magnet for plastic waste. If you're travelling abroad, invest in reusable travel containers for your liquids, or even better, invest in a shampoo bar which includes all-natural ingredients with little to no preservatives. From reusable cutlery to makeup wipes, there's a whole selection of eco-friendly products to choose from. Read this article to find out more.

7. Try Short-Term Rentals

If you're not interested in staying in a crowded hostel or shared accommodation, why not consider lodging in a short-term rental? With the benefits of having a fully equipped apartment, you can save money by cooking your own meals with no obligation to eat out every night - cooking fresh, locally sourced food in your accommodation is usually more efficient. Short Term Rentals also give you the opportunity to have a quiet night in with plenty of space and things to do - this is often impossible to achieve in hostels or hotels. There is an abundance of portals available for you to browse your short term rental options - we have a selection of apartments available on our Residential Estates website.

8. Take Showers Instead of Baths

Taking showers instead of baths can save a tremendous amount of energy and water. According to studies, compared to the 70 gallons of water a bath can use, a five-minute shower can only use 10-25 gallons! It may be tempting to take a bath when travelling – you’re not paying any water bills and it can be super relaxing. But if you’re serious about sustainable travelling, a shower will not only save you time, but also save the planet.

9. Pick up Litter When you Can

Picking up litter may not be the cleanest or most appealing process, but it can help make an area go from drab to fresh in seconds. In addition to gathering your own rubbish, try to collect any loose crisp packets or plastic bags from the streets – both the locals and the planet will thank you. Tourism can generate a lot of rubbish and litter, understandably frustrating locals. It’s easy to prevent this. Be respectful, clean up and help where you can. 

10. Take Any Leftover Complimentary Soap, Shampoo or Toothpaste with You

Did you know that the unused portions of complimentary toiletries are often thrown away if they’re not finished – they essentially become unusable the minute you use/open one. Check with your accommodation hosts to see if it’s ok to take unfinished toiletries with you, but don’t take this as an excuse to take unopened, new ones. Or even better, bring your own toiletries with you. Leave those complimentary items for someone who genuinely forget their own.

11. Return Maps & Brochures So They Can Be Reused

It’s always a delight to find maps and brochures of the local area when you arrive in your accommodation. You’re able to plan your days with no hassle from the comfort of your own room. But it would be a shame if the next guests couldn’t feel that same appreciation that you did if you lose, misplace or take the maps and brochures. Take care of them, put them back and try not to damage them. If you do misplace one, try to find a replacement in the local tourist information spot or contact the host. It can avoid creating unnecessary waste as the host won’t have to keep sourcing these items.

12. Travel in Low Season

The final top tip is for those really committed to sustainable travel. Understandably, high season seems like the ideal time to vacay – you’re able to enjoy high temperatures, all tourist attractions are open, and you can appreciate the bustle of a lively city full of tourists. However, high season travel often leads to overcrowding. You can help reduce this by choosing to travel in the less busy months - you can also enjoy some cheap flights, rail fares and accommodation while doing so.  


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