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Planning your next trip abroad? Here's five ways to make a little more sustainable

With Earth Month around the corner, these tips are helpful for any future trip on your agenda

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By Alyxandra Carolus | March 18, 2024 | Travel Leisure

As tourists in a new country, it is our responsibility to respect and preserve the world that we explore. When travelling abroad, incorporating sustainable practices is not just a trend, but a necessity. It helps protect the natural and cultural landscapes we love and ensures they remain for future generations to enjoy. Moreover, sustainable travel often leads to more enriching and authentic experiences, fostering a deeper connection with the places we visit. We’ve rounded up some simple tips to try on your next trip abroad.

Support the Local Economy

Be sure to buy from local markets and artisans, and eat at local restaurants. It’s one way to engage with the culture and have authentic experiences as a tourist. This supports the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint associated with shipping goods.

Choose Eco-Friendly Accommodations

Sustainability has become a key selling point for hotels and accommodation providers, so it’s easier to find a place to stay that aligns with your values. Choose to stay in hotels or accommodations that have strong environmental policies, such as recycling and energy-saving measures along with how they implement these policies within the area they’re in

Choose Public Transportation

While not every country has a solid public transport system, it’s one way to move around the city like a local. Instead of renting a car, use public transportation systems. This reduces your carbon footprint and allows you to experience the locale like a resident.

Be sure to pack light

We all want to look on our holiday, but it’s definitely a hassle to lug around a heavy suitcase, especially in cities with inclines and cobbled streets. The heavier your luggage, the more fuel is needed to transport it. Packing light reduces your environmental impact.

Practice Responsible Tourism

Leave any area just as you found it. It’s important to respect local customs, avoid disturbing wildlife, and always clean up after yourself. Not only does this helps preserve the environment for future generations, but locals are impacted by the waste left by tourists.