5 Ways to Be a Sustainable Traveler

What is sustainable traveling and what makes a person a sustainable traveler?

What is sustainable traveling and what makes a person a sustainable traveler? 

The term “sustainable” may be familiar to you as the focus on climate change and our needs to put in more efforts in reducing our carbon footprint increases. There are more than 5 ways to be a sustainable traveler, however, we’ve created a list covering the most important methods. What people may misunderstand, is that traveling sustainably does not need to be a chore affecting your holiday negatively. While you should be aware of choosing polluting holiday methods, sustainable travel should require no efforts other than your drive to improve yourself for the better. Eco traveling is just a new habit that we encourage everyone to incorporate in their lives, especially in these defining times. By starting at your own pace and staying interested in becoming better, the list of 5 ways to be a sustainable traveler will be incorporated into your life sooner than you think!

1. Brainstorm, Explore & Research

When was the last time you thought about choosing a transportation method or accommodation type for the purpose of sustainability? And how often do you think about that? 

Choosing a destination a little closer and more local to home is a positively impactful decision. 

Depending on where you live, consider the accommodation types you wish to go to for your holiday or weekend getaway. The end destination is where most people start their holiday research. To include eco traveling in your holiday, consider alternative options than a hotel, bed & breakfast, or a holiday house. What is left? Way more options than you may think, and many that meet your standards to have a relaxing time. If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at the options here at Campspace. 

A major influencing factor is the company you have on that trip. If you enjoy their company, your destination options are numerous. 

Another aspect to consider is your transportation method to that destination. In a fast-paced world where technology is advancing and options are becoming cheaper and quicker, it’s easy to overlook the most amazing creations. In addition, we often do not consider the trip from our house to the destination as part of our journey. Choosing the train for example can be just as rich, if not a richer experience than a plane ride, while skipping security and airport stress. The trains in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany for example, provide high comfort experiences. Bring your book, drawing materials, your devices, or simply headphones and enjoy a peaceful ride. 

By choosing sustainability, you choose openness and prioritizing the greater good. 

Research Tips

Try to avoid 

    • Non-eco hotels

    • Bed & breakfast’s

    • Holiday houses

Try to consider

  • Choose public transportation or CO2 limited options 
    • Train

    • Bus 

    • Bicycle 

    • Electric car

    • Walk, bike 

  • Using booking websites that are sustainable or include sustainability 

  • Choose more local or shorter distance trips where you can use public transportation to get to. 

  • Knowing what or who your money goes towards

2. Give back to your community 

At Campspace, we aim to set a good example of sustainability, eco traveling in the tourism industry, and provide opportunities for people to support their locals. Giving back to the community and supporting a circular economy is also realizing what great resources we all have already and using them. We want everyone to experience real human connections, connecting with nature, and reconnecting with ourselves more often. By visiting local places or that run a small business, you’re supporting environmental, economic, social, and political growth for the better. You’re preserving culture.

3. Use reusables 

No matter where you are, it is easy to avoid repurchasing single-use plastics. Around 8 million tons of single-use plastics end up in the ocean every year. This can be prevented if we try to reduce our plastic waste purchases and usage. Most single-use plastic products have a reusable alternative that is much cheaper to invest in, in the long run. If you’re staying at one of our camp spaces for example bring your own water bottle, utensils, and reusable packing or bags. 

4. Leave no trace for the welfare of your hosts, the animals, and nature

Leaving a destination how you arrived at it, is overall the respect we should always be practicing. It also may be easy to overlook your small plastic wrapper from a snack, however, the ecosystem it's lying in will be negatively affected by its toxins for the next 450 years.

Remember:
To dispose of your waste properly: collect it all in one bag that you can throw away altogether.

5. Start Somewhere, create habits, share your experience 

Just like any habit you want to improve yourself on, whether it’s physically or mentally, you have to just start somewhere. By starting, you create discussion with the people around you. You share what you’re trying out, what’s working, and what is not. Your friends and family are then aware of the little things and perhaps incorporating them into their lives as well. Communication is one of the most important aspects of being human, and sharing your sustainable efforts will make an impact. It’s just important to start, look for fun ways to include sustainability, and improve your daily life bit by bit. As much as you may not see the difference, the environment around you will be most certainly be affected. 

We encourage everyone to bring their sustainable habits beyond their home. However, you don’t have to start alone. We are here to provide some opportunities to help you grow in all ways, especially in eco traveling.

Read more about transportation and accommodation here.

Sources:
“Marine Plastics.” IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature , 5 Dec. 2018, www.iucn.org.

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