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Are you curious about how to get started on your journey toward sustainable travel? With so much information out there, it can be intimidating and confusing. I always say that while there are certainly wrong ways to travel – abusing animals, exploiting local communities, and blatant disregard for nature – there isn’t only one right way to travel better. What matters the most is that you start altering your travel style today. Travel can have a significant negative impact on global communities, but by adopting some sustainable travel new years resolutions, your travel will have a positive impact.
The best advice I can give is to start within your comfort zone and work from there. Eventually, you will need to get out of your comfort zone because sustainable travel requires sacrifice on your part. But for now, read over these 15 motivational New Year’s sustainable travel resolutions and challenge yourself to adopt a new resolution every time you travel. By taking these actionable steps one at a time, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a more responsible traveler – one that is kind to your destination and perhaps even leaves it better off than when you arrived. These helpful and achievable sustainable travel new years resolutions suggested by a group of mindful travel bloggers are a great way to stay motivated and get going. It is never too late to become a more sustainable traveler! I have faith that 2022 and beyond will be your year to make an actionable change!
Make sure you save this post so you can return to it time and time again. Take comfort in knowing you are not alone. All of these travelers are on their journey toward more meaningful travel, so make sure you follow and engage with them on their blog and social media to stay motivated! [no_toc]
1. Engage in Environmental Education
By: Susanna from Curiosity Saves Travel
Engaging in environmental education while traveling is a great way to benefit your destination and increase your sustainable habit repertoire. I’m originally from Alaska. While working in the tourism industry, I saw the importance of my tour guests learning about the Arctic. Many people are left ready to take action to fight climate change threatening Alaska’s natural beauty.
As I began to travel the world, I noticed many places were under similar threats to my home state – rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and biodiversity loss. So, I took this concept of learning about the environment with me on the road. My sustainable travel resolution is focused on the environmental pillar of sustainable travel. To make it a priority to see natural landscapes and learn about local species, ecosystems, and their conservation status. Better yet, what actions can I take during my travels and at home to help mitigate any potential threats to these natural places.
Beyond that, I learn how different cultures connect to the environment. What traditional sustainable practices can I adopt into my lifestyle? The world’s cultures have so much ancestral knowledge rooted in sustainability that many have lost. One of the best sustainable lessons I learned was how to reduce my food waste while visiting my husband’s family in India. I now have a very low-waste vegetarian kitchen.
I commit to learning about the natural environment, a local approach to sustainability, and applying what I learn to take actionable steps. Will you join me? Challenge yourself to talk to locals about nature and read the environmental information on national parks and nature reserves websites. The more you know about the world, the more you will be willing to change your behaviors to conserve its natural beauty. Who knows, you might even end up back in grad school for environmental science like me – all because you took an interest in the global environment.
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2. Use Eco-Friendly Transit Around Town
By: Pamela from from Directionally Challenged Travel
I am a mid-range traveler who loves getting off the beaten path and utilizing every moment of my time off traveling. It’s imperative that any traveler engages in sustainable practices so that our earth is still beautiful for centuries to come.
As a plus-size travel blogger, not to mention a bad knee and back, there are times I can’t handle walking for 12 hours a day, multiple days in a row. I often thought about how many miles I spent in an Uber traveling a distance of a mile just so I could get somewhere quicker than walking. I realized that I use my e-bike at home a lot as another option instead of my car, so why shouldn’t I use similar transportation while traveling.
When we did a weekend getaway to Baltimore, I was not expecting electric scooters around town. These scooters were the perfect way to see the city in a new way while being eco-friendly – and I didn’t even know they existed! I made a promise to always look for electronic forms of transportation at our destination. When we travel to Helsinki this month, we’ll be using their e-bikes to go sightseeing!
If more travelers utilized electronic forms of transportation, then hopefully there would be more available – making our cities and earth much cleaner!
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CS Travel Tip: Before you travel research what local companies offer E-bikes and scooters. If there’s nothing offered locally, download Lime scooter app, which works in lots of cities around the world!
3. Reduce Your Waste
By: Anukrati from BulBul on the Wing
Hi, I am Anukrati. I am a dreamer, writer, and traveloholic from India. One day I got tired of answering all the questions about my trips, so I started writing about them on my blog. One thing leads to another, and here I am.
I would start this bluntly by mentioning that waste management runs in my blood. I breathe waste segregation every single day. My husband has a waste management start-up in India. I have seen him and his partner struggling only to implement the waste segregation (into dry, wet, and reject waste) at the source. It has already been close to 6 years, and waste management is still challenging. Having been associated with this issue for such a long time, I have decided that I would try to be a responsible traveler as far as waste is concerned.
When I minimize my waste, I do not do a favor to my country or the host country: It is a favor to Mother Earth. Let this sink in for a second. Waste management is a problem in almost all developing countries. No, I do not aim to take the responsibility to manage it. The least I can do is not add to the already existing issue. My motto is simple – Leave your destination equal to or better than before.
Small changes in the traveling style can reduce our footprints considerably! Here are a few simple ways to start with on your next trip.
- Do not litter. Dump the waste properly in a dustbin. Segregate the waste, if there are separate bins for dry, wet, and reject waste.
- Do not destroy what you came to enjoy. Leave unnecessary things back at home. It is not always possible to recycle certain materials in other parts of the world.
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CS Tavel Fact: Tourism is a significant contributor to waste globally. Many countries and regions are unable to adaquetly manage waste especially under the pressures of overtourism. Too much waste can cause eutrophican in aquatic systems and reduce the quality of life for local residents.
4. Book A Local Homestay
By: Paula from Paula Pins the Planet
I am Paula and I am the founder of the Travel Blog Paula Pins the Planet, and I write about authentic destination experiences and responsible travel, with the mission to encourage responsible and ethical travel by giving back to the local communities, helping to protect our environment, and practice animal cruelty-free tourism.
For the new year, sustainable travel resolution is to continue to support to choose homestays at remote villages of the places that I visit, instead of supporting big hotel chains, which is not sustainable. The reasons are because the money doesn’t stay with the community, and normally big hotel chains are located in touristy areas, adding to the issue of the crowded tourism industry.
My first option for lodging is always a homestay with locals as it is a great way to travel and learn more about the people, how they live, what they eat, what they talk about and the money goes to support a local family. Many times this is the only income they have.
I have stayed in many homestays with locals during my travels, and the most remarkable one was my Homestay with a Black Hmong in Vietnam.
I just love what homestay with locals does to me – it makes me grow as a human being. I educate myself about new cultures, how people live, what they eat, what is their relationship with the place they live, etc. I believe that when we travel, we learn, we grow and we become close to each other. Even if we are different, when we immerse ourselves, we become part of the culture and the culture becomes part of us.
Sustainable Tourism, in simple words, means when you visit a place, the impact you create with your visit is positive and respectful.
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CS Travel Tip: Booking a homestay is a great way to engage in cultural connection. To find a homestay you can reach out to a local tour company, tourism board, or try a larget platform like Homestay.com.
5. Take Fewer Short-Haul Flights
By: Martha from May Cause Wanderlust
I’m a part-time traveller and blogger. I live and work in London, travelling as much as I can, but never for very long – normally days or weeks at a time rather than months. Therefore, I spend a lot of time getting to and from places.
As the world started to wake up to the environmental crisis, I started looking into ways to reduce the impact of my own travel and I discovered that short-haul flights are the worst offenders in terms of their CO2 emissions per km travelled. They’re also the easiest journeys to replace with alternative means of transport.
So, since it became easier to travel again after Covid, I have been making some trips into Continental Europe and making a concerted effort to fly as little as possible. For example, I recently travelled from London to Barcelona and Madrid by train. I’ve also travelled to Luxembourg by train, spotting in Paris for a day on the way.
But certainly, I have enjoyed doing more train travel. So far, I have learned that:
- High-speed international trains can be more expensive than flying (unless you book a long way in advance), but trains within European countries tend to be very good value
- Trains in Europe are often very comfortable, and they’re a much more pleasant way to travel – compared to planes, there’s more space at your seat, plus a greater ability to move around.
If you want more intel on travelling by train, check out Seat61.com, which is a very detailed and comprehensive global train travel resource.
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CS Travel Fact: According to a study in the Journal of Cleaner Production, short haul flights within Europe are the most carbon intense aspect of the tourism sector. Choosing a train can make all the difference! Omnio.com is a great resource.
6. Book with a Local Tour Operator or Guide
By: Paulina from Paulina on the Road
I am a frequent solo traveler, and I love to explore every corner of this world. I have covered several countries in recent years and look forward to seeing more of them. I more often explore cities or villages that are covered with nature. Be it the beaches or the hills; I prefer to stay around places close to nature.
I have been close to nature forever. I have always tried to use its resources in a sustainable manner. Being a traveler, I embrace sustainable travel because resources are the reason I am an explorer today. It clicked in my mind when I witnessed the exploitation of resources on one of my trips. I spotted a large number of travelers depending on private vehicles, accommodations, and stocked food.
On the other hand, people traveling with a local tour operator have access to common vehicles, sufficient food from local sellers, and accommodation arranged by the local community. It empowered social and economic resources for the local communities.
Travelling with a local tour operator is a sustainable travel solution. Previously, I often preferred to travel solo, using my own resources, but I decide to make this change in my travel plans this year. Traveling with a local tour operator would be beneficial for a wider travel community because it is cheaper, more beneficial for the local vendors, and lesser use of other resources like transport and fuel.
Sticking to a resolution can be tough but it is a gradual process. A way to stick to this plan is to write it in my new year journal to keep me motivated. You can get started with this change by taking small steps like carrying sustainable activewear to travel. Contacting local tour contractors before a trip can also be a good start.
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CS Travel Tip: Booking with a local tour operator can go a long way to reduce economic tourism leakage and to benefit local communities impacted the most by tourism.
7. Pack a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe
By: Haley from Haley Blackall Travel
As a full-time travel blogger and digital nomad, coming face to face with the devastation of climate change happens more frequently than I’d like. In the tropical paradise of Bali, you will find yourself strolling the beach amongst hoards of plastic bottles and synthetic waste washed up by the waves. In India, trash is thrown all over the roads. Even in places like Greece, there are no public trash cans or recycling programs.
This gives me pause and makes me want to do everything I can to help our precious earth.
On top of that, with the rise of social media and the ‘different outfit for every photo’ mentality, I’ve seen a correlated rise in fast fashion. My New Year resolution is to create a small, sustainable wardrobe that I can travel the world with. Clothing from local and conscientious brands. Purchasing clothes in neutral colours really helps the pieces stay timeless, and for each garment to go with multiple other pieces. Given the flexibility of this type of wardrobe, it’s an easy resolution to stick to.
Making this change for me helps to reduce cheap toxic dyes which will inevitably be washed into our streams and oceans. Ultimately killing our environments.
If this type of resolution interests you, you can start by shopping in vintage and thrift shops. Instead of buying new, you are giving a pre-worn piece new life and helping to reduce the damage to our earth in the meantime. Or, search ‘sustainable clothing brands near me’ on Google and support your local makers. If you can, pick your new capsule wardrobe up in-store. This will help to reduce plastic waste created by shipping.
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CS Travel Fact: 50 double-wide trailers worth of clothing end up in landfills or polluting communities in developing countries. Embracing outfit repeating is a great way join the sustainable travel movement!
8. Embrace Slow Travel
By: Linn Haglund of Brainy Backpackers
After traveling full time and living abroad for years, I saw and lived first-hand the many layers of how tourism affects the local communities, wildlife, and nature.
Unfortunately, all weren’t that positive.
That’s why I started Brainy Backpackers, a travel blog to help others travel more responsibly and think about the consequences of their actions when they travel. This year, I have decided to incorporate more slow travel into my life. Slow travel gives you the time to embrace the destination in a better way by getting to know the different layers of culture and people; it gives them time to explore off the beaten path and spend more time in nature.
These are things that have always been important to me when traveling, but it is easy to rush through to see everything you want to tick off your bucket list. Especially when you only have a couple of weeks a year to travel.
Slow travel gives so much more to the communities you visit, and it suddenly becomes a relationship instead of a business of Instagram pictures vs. entrance tickets.
Once you let yourself get to know a place beyond the obvious tourist spots, let yourself talk to the locals, and show interest in their lives and cultures, you will get a completely different travel experience.
You don’t have to travel for a month or a year to slow travel. Even a week away can be slow travel. It is all about your mentality and exploring the places more in-depth. Instead of rushing to ten different places in a week, maybe just stay in one and get to know the place and its people. Stay at a locally-owned place, check out the local markets, festivals, and hiking routes.
And hey! Slow travel is great for the environment too!
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CS Travel Tip: Once you’ve mastered slow travel, dig into the slow food movemement, embracing local authentic cuisines cooked with regional foods.
9. Practice Safe, Ethical Wildlife Tourism
By: Brodi of Our Offbeat Life
As a full-time digital nomad and family-travel blogger, it’s not only my responsibility to suggest ethical travel to my readers but also to live my life in a way my son will be proud of as he grows older. I firmly believe that I need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
When my family visited Thailand in 2014, we visited what was touted as an elephant sanctuary. We thought that it was ethical just because there was no bench riding. We were wrong. Riding bareback, seeing the elephants chained up when not engaging with tourists, and watching a baby be forcefully separated from its mother made me realize that “sanctuary” is purely a marketing buzzword. Our experience haunted me for months afterward. That was when my family decided to give up on captive animal tourism entirely.
Now when I prepare to write about animal tourism, I choose excursions that align with my beliefs. That makes them much easier to write about in my posts. Ultimately, this conviction means that I do not promote captive animal experiences. I also urge my readers not to engage in captive animal tourism either.
Instead, I focus on only viewing and occasionally engaging with wild animals in their natural environment. It’s important that animals are permitted to leave a group of humans encountering them if they feel like doing so.
If done right, wildlife tourism can positively impact animal protection and conservation. This, in turn, brings funding for wildlife population restoration, habitat protection, population maintenance, and anti-poaching efforts. In fact, this is exactly what has happened with whale sharks in Mexico. Such a scenario can also help create awareness of the issue for others who may not know anything about it. Overall, it’s a win-win for both animals and local tourism.
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CS Travel Facts: Unethical wildlife tourism is linked to an increase in global animal trafficking and the decline of endangered animals in the wild. Whereas ethical wildlife tourism can help increase wild populations and support local communities.
10. Travel Locally to Support Local Businesses
By: Lena from Salut from Paris
Travel was always my passion – exploring new places, diving into something unknown, and generally just leaving my home for a while to escape the routines. Hence, it is not too surprising that I chose to emigrate to France in my 20s. But of course, when the routine settled in even in my new environment, my thirst for travel became bigger by the day. After 15 years of summer vacation and weekend trips, we decided to take a sabbatical and do a family around the world trip for 9 months. It was a wonderful experience. But truth be told, it was only after our return to Paris that I thought about the gigantic carbon footprint that we left on planet earth while enjoying ourselves.
Ever since, I feel that it is our duty to travel more sustainably and to keep the damage we did already in mind. My family and I are committed to traveling by train or car even, rather than taking a plane and aiming at destinations within reach by these modes of transports. En par with this decision and the immense consequences for the local tourism industry since the pandemic, we decided to support the French tourism industry and to please our wanderlust in our own country.
Admittedly, it is not difficult to find spectacular locations and destinations here, and we are certainly lucky in this regard. But I think everyone should take a closer look at their surroundings, before heading to a destination on the other side of the globe.
I am a travel blogger with a focus on Paris and France. Hence, I am coming across wonderful locations in France during my research every day, and our bucket list is growing. Ticking them off will take time and hopefully, by then, climate politics have progressed, and we can all travel more responsibly.
11. Try More Local Vegetarian Cuisine
By: Dan from Backpacking Latin America (BLATAM)
New year’s resolutions can be cliche, especially when it comes to diets and what we eat. When l first started to travel solo I was constantly curious about all the different types of food and drinks that I could find in every new place I arrived. I never once batted an eyelid to think where all these foods were coming from.
Before the pandemic, I was backpacking South America for extended periods of time and would regularly stumble upon slaughtered animals hanging around the streets, things like pig’s heads in the back of lorries, and other unruly sights that I care not to remember. I began to think more about what I eat and how eating without limitations may have an impact on my health later on down the line. At that time I did not know what sustainable travel was all about but after returning home one year I decided to implement some changes into the way that I eat when I travel. Little did I know I was contributing to the greater good of the sustainable travel movement. Eating little to no meat has made it so I can look for other options on the menu rather than opting for the terribly easy to order meat options. Not only that, it can help us to support smaller local producers who are creating many of these delicious meat alternatives.
Reducing what we eat or changing our beloved diet is never an easy thing, but making one or two simple adjustments can make a direct or indirect impact on the lives of others. In many cases opting for an animal-free option can even help reduce the amount of animal waste on the planet.
CS Travel Fact: You don’t have to commit to going full veg. Reducing your meat intake, even one meal at a time, has significant positive impacts on our environment including a reduction in deforestation and less GHG emissions. So, try that local vegetarian cuisine!
12. Taking Hand Luggage Only
By: Kerry Hanson from VeggTravel
I’m Kerry, a Veggie travel blogger with a focus on fun and adventure. Sustainable travel is important to me as I care about nature, wildlife, and our future so I want to do my bit to repair and reduce the damage we’re doing.
My travel-related new year’s resolution is to minimise my luggage and to pack economically and environmentally. Let’s face it, even without the benefits of sustainable travel, travelling with hold luggage has gotten expensive. You can search the best travel resources online and still struggle to find deals where hold luggage is included in the price of your airfare. So not only will limiting belongings to hand luggage save money, but it also helps minimise your carbon footprint.
What many people don’t realise is that the more weight you travel with the more fuel is burnt. Limiting your luggage to your essentials or using packing methods that save space will help reduce this impact. Not only that, but it encourages you to limit single-use liquids and plastics and make changes such as using shampoo or conditioner bars. Unless I’m going somewhere for two weeks or more, I will never book hold luggage.
If you’re thinking of making this kind of change yourself, firstly consider what items you really need. Can it all fit into your hand luggage? Do you know what the hand luggage restrictions are? One way to get around the restrictions is to take a second bag that fits inside one of the airport bags. While you may only be able to take one official item of luggage, you can take as many duty-free bags as you like. It’s certainly helped me extend my luggage in the past. If you’re still unsure but travelling with someone else, try sharing a bag initially and see whether you can make travelling light work for you.
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CS Travel Tip: Going green is actually a great way to save money! Lots of sustainable swaps will end up saving you money in the long run. So, invest in a great carry on bag and go light!
13. Experiencing Culture Through an Emic Perspective
By: Joydeep Phukan from The Gypsy Chiring
Being from an Anthropological background, one thing that I always follow distinctively is never to judge another culture based on the values of my own culture. I try to understand the cultural aspects through an emic perspective, i.e., a local’s perspective.
I started sharing my travel experiences on my travel blog The Gypsy Chiring in January 2020. I write about adventure, culture, food, and travel destinations around the world, but primarily cover Northeast India. The northeast region of India is a cultural hub with numerous unique ethnic groups, different languages, and is blessed by the Eastern Himalayas. The majority of this region is unknown to many, even to mainland Indians. Through my blog, not only do I want to learn about my region in-depth but also promote it to the world.
I would like to share my recent experience of visiting Nagaland. It is a state in the northeast of India where 16 major ethnic groups live and each speaks a different language. I visited a friend who belongs to the Angami Naga ethnic group. We hiked together to Dzukou Valley, and I also participated in their New Year Celebrations at the Community Level. On visiting his village, I learned more about their way of life. We attended their village sports and even did the traditional cheering melody called Kehu.
I believe that, when we try to understand a culture through a local’s perspective, we tend to learn about them in a more authentic way. Our responsibility also lies in helping their initiatives and encouraging them the best way possible.
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CS Travel Tip: Traveling to learn about local culture can increase your awareness of global issues, can connect you to the beautiful cultural diversity of our planet and is one of the pillars of sustainable ecotourism.
14. Ethical Souvenir Shopping
By: Clair from Clair Pins Travel
For over 25 years, I have been collecting travel souvenir pin badges. My collection of over 700 pins is displayed on a canvas map in my home. This collection has inspired my website, Claire Pins, where I share travel inspiration and reviews. As my collection grew, it became important to me to be mindful and intentional about the souvenir items I acquire, in terms of the ethics of where I purchase them, how they are produced, and with what materials they are made. I believe that ethical souvenir shopping is important to the travel community since these purchases have a direct impact on local economies in travel destinations.
First, I consider where I purchase souvenir items and who is impacted by my purchase. I avoid large corporate chain stores and choose locally owned stores, or buy from a non-profit museum or gallery gift shop that benefits a cause I support. I personally do not purchase from child street vendors, as it can encourage parents to keep children out of school.
I also consider who manufactured the item and the materials used. I avoid mass-produced plastic items and prefer to buy locally handmade souvenirs with a genuine connection to the destination. I often avoid new items completely and instead visit antique markets or thrift shops to find something unique. I also research natural materials I am unfamiliar with to avoid purchasing unsustainable materials like certain woods, corals, and illegal ivory.
As well, I inform myself about souvenir items or artwork from particular local traditions or indigenous cultures and I only buy authentic handmade pieces and purchase from a business, gallery, or cooperative that directly and fairly compensates the artists.
Overall, making ethical souvenir purchases does not have to be difficult; it often just takes a commitment to research to better understand how your purchase will impact the destination you are visiting.
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CS Travel Facts: Unethical souvenirs are linked to the decline of the critically endagered Hawksbill Turtle – whose shell is used for souvenirs and trinkets. Cheap mass produced souvenirs can also decrease the cultural authenticity of a region.
15. Hitchhike or Crew More Boats
By: Iris Veldwijk from Mind of a Hitchhiker
The pandemic has caused me to nearly completely regress into my student-era travel style; I fly too much, skip too many countries that lie in between and choose low-hanging fruits over more remote places.
The only positive development is that all these PCR tests and rule changes make me max out all the tourist visas: 88 days in the UAE, 60 in Kyrgyzstan, 30 in Uzbekistan, 89 in Ukraine… But the one thing they have even more in common is the planes I used between them.
Overlanding entire continents by hitchhiking used to be my specialty, but corona has virtually made continuous overland travel impossible. But then there’s that part of the world we all overlook too often: the seas and oceans.
It’s been an even longer time since I hitchhiked any (sailing) yacht. Boats can take you to those places that take a lot of effort to go to, but ultimately end up being the best experiences. Yes, ferries often exist and are a very supportable form of public transport. But they’ve also suffered from closed borders and mainland-to-island/inter-
I concluded it’s time to brush up on my dinghy sailing, take a course, and hopefully start crewing again this year. Here in Mauritius, I already took my first lesson with a local sailing instructor.
I’m sharing my learnings and resources on my blog and invited captains and crew to write a guest post. I wish to learn from those travelers who are already successful at this and encourage others to get into wind-powered travel as well.
Wind is beautiful: the motions of our planet, the silence, and of course, zero emissions.
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CS Travel Tips: The Airline industry gets a bad rep, but sometimes transportation on land can causes just as much congestion and emissions. Opting for wind powered alternatives is a great way to get our of your comfort zone and make the travel industry a little more green!
Discuss and Share
I hope these 15 sustainable travel New Year’s resolutions have inspired you to take action in 2022 and beyond. While you don’t need to adopt all of these right away, it IS critical you take immediate action and begin your journey toward more sustainable travel. Prior to the pandemic, many destinations were bucking from the pressure from unsustainable tourism that drained their resources and reduce the quality of life for many locals. This is YOUR YEAR to start sustainable travel.
- Which one of these are you going to implement on your next trip? Leave a comment on why you chose this and why it is important to you.
- Write in the comments I (Your name here) commit to X in 2022 to begin (or continue) my journey toward more sustainable travel.
Together we can be the change that starts to save the travel industry from its own destructive behaviors.
I found this article to be very informative, lots of great tips and things to consider before booking my next trip!
I know so many great ideas. I love the range including everything from packing tips, souvenir shopping, cultural exchanges all the way to hitching on boats! There is something for everyone!
As it is said, “Act Local, Go Global”. It is always important to encourage the local tour operators, homestay owners and other efforts of locals in not only conserving the environment but also practising sustainable tourism. Immersing ourselves in their way of life is a very enriching experience.
Totally agree. I think it is also always important to let tour operators know you are interested in the environment and sustainable tourism – they will be more willing to engage if they know that is where the money and interest lies. Thanks for contributing.
Love all these tips! I am always looking for more sustainable, positive practises when it comes to travel. I’ve actually been thinking about investing in a capsule travel wardrobe – and seeing that mentioned here, I think it’s time!
I can’t wait to see what you invest in! Depending on where you live – I love Dorsu from Cambodia they have a great capsule wardrobe that I just love. Of course, there will always be a lovely local business in your area you can support as well.
A great set of suggestions for sustainable travel. And I like that you remind people they can start small and grow from there. These days we are all about outdoor travel and enjoying the undisturbed land. As Canadians we are quite vigilant in our recycling and hate when we find places or countries that don’t. We have been known to carry our waste with us for hours! Wherever possible we love local tours so we get the real inside view of a place and support the local economies. Some great tips that provide a starting point for everyone.
I just read a journal article about Canadians and their zero-waste pack it in pack it out efforts. I love that you take those values with you on the road. Local tours are always a great option as well! Can’t wait to see what else you add to your repertoire this year! Thanks for reading.
These are such great suggestions for sustainability and just general mindfulness to that. I like the idea of just doing your part, and making small steps in the right direction. We try to support local businesses, limit flying and only take carry-on luggage too.
Thanks for engaging and reading, Hannah! That is great you are already taking action and are doing several of these things – keep it up! Is there anything else you want to try to add to the list in 2022 and beyond?
The electric scooters in Balitimore were so unique in my opinion. I have yet to visit a city that provides electric scooters like they do.
Oh, interesting. Here in Europe, they are also becoming very big. My home city of Munich offers its own line of electric scooters that you can use as part of a wider public transportation city pass. They are slowly expanding to more areas.
I’m always looking for more ways to be more sustainable, both in my daily living and in my travels. There’s so many great ideas and inspiration in here! I think I’d like to try traveling more often with a carry on only – that’ll be quite the challenge for me!
That one is a tough one for me too! Even though on most trips I realize I wear the same few outfits over and over despite bringing a larger suitcase. I think this pairs nicely with the capsule wardrobe option.
What an informative post! I loved all the tips you suggest and definitely I am going to add some on my sustainable goals for 2022.
Which one is on your list to try for your next trip?
Love the idea of eco-friendly transit, like scooters, around town! This is a great list of sustainable resolutions – I might use a couple!
Yeah, it is a great way to get around by using less carbon!
Sustainability is so important, and I continue to strive to make changes in my daily life as well as while traveling. I was surprised to learn that I already do a lot of these things – phew! – but there are others I would like to incorporate too. I’ve always been a stickler about ethical wildlife tourism; this is definitely a big one for me! Thanks for sharing this so we can all continue to grow together :). Xx Sara
That is great you do so many things, can’t wait to see what you adopt on your next trip. Thanks for reading!
i love how this list includes the small, achievable actions! Sustainable travel doesn’t always mean taking initimidating strides, it can be as simple as not littering, bringing your own bottle so you don’t keep buying bottled water everyday, minimizing fast fashion, etc. Truly the littlest things!
Yeah definitely, starting with smaller steps is a great way to get into the groove of things. But, for travel to be sustainable we all eventually need to move out of our comfort zone and start taking bigger actions! I find that once you adopt I adopted on thing the next came much easier. Thanks for reading.
I love that you addressed the souvenir shopping!
What you buy can have such significant impacts – positive or negative on culture and nature.
This is such a great compilation, Susanna! I am proud to say I follow most of these recommendations (including the environmental education nit ;) I hope this post reaches a lot of people and they are able to take the resolution forward.
Thanks for reading Ketki. That is awesome you already do most of these. I could be a bit better at packing, but beyond that, I am going to start digging deep to add some bigger sustainable travel new year’s resolutions to my travel habits in 2022 and beyond
Using eco-friendly transportation is a big one! I never understand people who do not want to use public transit. I’ve also been trying to be better about supporting the local shops as well as not buying things I do need… which leads to taking hand luggage only.
Using public transportation gives you such a great insight into your destination and how people live and work. It is such a great option! I usually prefer to walk to see all the side roads, but after a long day of walking I always enjoy getting back to my accommodation with public transportation
The only real sustainable way of travel is by walking, but you have some other good suggestions here.