How Can We Protect the Environment While Traveling?

There is something amazing about travel that helps us deepen our connection to the Earth. Seeing new wildlife helps us better understand our role in the wider ecosystem we are part of. There are several factors we should consider when we travel. These factors include where we plan on heading, how we plan on getting there, and what products we should bring with us so we can enjoy the trip. It is possible to have a fantastic travel experience while also knowing that we are taking care of the planet.

Choosing Our Travel Destinations

There is a wide range of travel distinctions we might want to explore. We might embark on a trip to see the forests of New England or go to the coast to see the wonder of water meeting the shore. When it comes to finding places to travel to it does not matter if we are exploring local spots or traveling across the globe. We can always find amazing travel destinations. In addition, we can consider activities that include amazing experiences, like beach clean-ups. We can add deeper meaning to our trip by combining it with volunteering.

Choosing How We Will Travel

When we talk about environmental travel, we often talk about how we intend to get to our destination. Knowing where we are headed and how far away our destination will take us will help us determine the most efficient way to get there. We will use different modes of transportation if we are walking a couple of miles than if we are planning on traveling across the country. The good news is no matter how far we are planning on traveling we have environmentally friendly choices for how we get there.

Traveling By Foot or By Bike

The most environmentally friendly way to travel is by bike or by walking. Walking and biking allow us to really appreciate every step of the journey. There is nothing better than a warm breeze against our faces while the sun shines and warms us inside and out. We can all afford such travel since all we need is a pair of shoes or a bike. Walking or biking is convenient for short trips around town to see local nature areas.

Choosing a Carshare

In some cases, we will find we need to rent a car to reach the destination of our dreams. When sharing or renting a car we should look for hybrid vehicles. We will be glad to hear there are now Tesla charging stations almost anywhere we might want to visit. Electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles are our best option when we need to use a car. There is nothing wrong with needing a car if we take time to consider how we can find ones that are better for the planet.

Traveling By Sail or By Kayak

If we are planning to travel along the coast, we might choose to opt for sailing or kayaking over taking a power boat. This way we can be closer to the natural world while ensuring we are not unnecessarily polluting it. There is something really fun about being able to travel by water and seeing all the wildlife that congregates on its shores. It doesn’t matter if we visit a pond, a river, or the ocean we are sure to have a memorable time.

Taking Public Transit

We have access to a wide range of public transit options. We might choose to take a bus or a train to our destination. Public transit is an affordable and easy way to get where we want to be without having to own a car. Furthermore, public transit can be used to travel coast to coast. Therefore, we can use public transportation even if our travel takes us a considerable distance from our homes and communities.

Choosing What to Pack

When considering what items we want to pack, it’s vital to select responsibly sourced products in reusable containers, and compostable packaging. There is a wide range of wonderful travel products like shampoo and conditioner bars and compostable bamboo paper towels. We will be glad to hear that we can have all the comforts of home while traveling.

Riley Foster

Riley Foster, a graduate of Outdoor Education from Northern Arizona University, has been a trailblazer in outdoor recreation for over 18 years. His expertise includes guiding high-altitude treks and designing outdoor education programs. His experience includes managing national park services contributing to conservation research adding value to various outdoor activities. A key member of our team since 2021, Riley is also an accomplished landscape photographer and a certified wilderness first responder.

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