Environmentally friendly travel is extremely important – here’s how you can reduce your carbon footprint.
When the Wright brothers first took to the skies just over 100 years ago, could we ever have imagined that by 2018 there would be an astonishing 3.77 billion people flying every year?! It’s a figure that has been significantly increasing annually for decades, and with the meteoric rise of commercial air transportation, more and more aircraft are brought in to service demand.
The debate continues to rage as to whether driving or flying is worse for the environment, and we’re not going to go into those mind-bending figures and statistics here. The fact of the matter is they are BOTH bad – and we need to be doing all we can to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere.
GAH! BUT WE WANT TO TRAVEL! We hear you cry – and yes, all of us with that irrepressible travel bug will be reeling at such a suggestion. But the simplest and best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to not travel.
This also might be a difficult one, as getting to Australia isn’t easy if you’re not taking a flight for example. But seriously have a think about it – do you REALLY need to fly? If you’ve got time, you don’t need to cross water, and you’re not really going vast distances, why not consider trying another form of transport?
So, you have to fly – as we all do at some time or other. A little planning here and there will go a long way. Check your routes, and try to book shorter flights, with as few changes as possible. The less you’re taking off and landing, and the less you’re actually in the air – the better. Don’t just opt for the first ticket you’re presented with – take the time to do a bit of research and find the best possible route. You’ll feel better for it too.
Now being long-term travellers ourselves, this obviously appeals to us. It should really appeal to everybody – getting out on the road for an extended period, perhaps travelling for months and years at a time.
More specifically geared towards transport of the wheeled variety, it’s always a good idea to share. Get people together to fill up spare seats in public and private transport.
It might only be minuscule in effect comparatively speaking – but every little helps. Pay attention to how much energy you’re using when you’re travelling. Try to limit the amount you wash your clothes – and yourselves for that matter!
Air travel is part and parcel of our lives and a necessary evil if we want to go anywhere at all. Where it can’t be avoided, you can offset the damage you do by using an online tool. This is where you reduce carbon emissions through programs where you have the control to do so, offsetting those you spent where you don’t. In an ideal world and if everybody did this – we’d probably be pretty well balanced. We can but dream, can’t we?
We are very aware that our beautiful planet can and will withstand everything we throw at it – and it will shake humankind off well before we do any lasting damage. It’s been around for billions of years, remember?! That being said, it’s still good to be conscientious and caring for the world around us – and to look after it for those that will inherit it. So, do your bit and be as green as possible when you travel – and keep mother nature happy.
How do you reduce your carbon footprint when you travel? Let us know your best tips!