When you want to travel, you’ll often want to make sure that you’re traveling in the best way possible. This can work in two ways. It can be that you want to be able to get from place to place quickly and conveniently. But at the same time, you may want to make sure that your carbon footprint isn’t harmful to the planet. One of the things about being a tourist is being able to balance both. So let’s take a look at how you can do that in these five points.
Research Your Destination
To start with, it’s a good idea to know your destination. By being aware of where you’re going and what facilities they have, you can make informed decisions about the impact you’re having. You can then also choose the right accommodation that will be as economical as possible, as well as places to visit.
Facilitate Your Travel Well
The next thing that you’re going to want to do here is to make sure that you’re thinking of different ways to facilitate your travel in the best way. Of course, we all know that persistent and constant air travel isn’t perhaps the most economical way to travel when it comes to the environment. So why not think of another option? You could travel the country in an RV. And you could even look into RV solar installation so that it’s a little more eco-friendly for your usage too. This could be a great way to find a balance.
From here, you’ll then want your trip to be as efficient as possible. If you’re making mistakes, going the wrong way, or getting lost, it’s going to make things more stressful (and a lot less economical). So planning things out as much as you can is always going to be a good idea.
Do What You Can
You may find that it really helps if you can just contribute in any way that you can. It sounds silly, but if you know you want to be economical and save money, ask yourself what you can do. Can you take and cook your own food? Can you take minimal clothing with you and wash it to rewear? It’s all about saving money, being frugal, and also helping the environment by minimizing waste here. So keep that in mind.
And when we’re on the topic of the environment, you’re going to want to think about what else you can do to minimize your footprint. It’s not always easy to be completely eco-friendly, but you can definitely look to reduce your waste and consumption.
Not only that, but let’s think about the economy too. How can you add back into the local economy as you travel? Can you think about shopping local and helping small businesses thrive? This can allow you to travel well and make a difference as you do so.
*Post contributed by peer travel writer and budget traveler, Brian Larson.*