Eco-Friendly Travel Tips Part 2 | Wanderers Collection
Updated: Dec 11, 2018
Travel For Change asks Fee from The WildLife Wanderer 5 key Eco-Friendly Travel Questions to help encourage our readers to explore what it means to be a responsible traveller. Check out Fee's helpful advice on how to break convenient daily habits and how to make sustainable choices. Fee has a passion for sustainable tourism and animal welfare. Fee advocates for ethical wildlife tourism and writes informative articles on her travel blog on volunteering with animals.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
In your own words, what does Eco-friendly travel mean to you?
For me, it’s all about making smarter and more conscious choices to help lessen any negative impact I may create when I travel. Not only reducing my #plastic waste but most importantly supporting cruelty-free tourist attractions and taking care of the natural #environment around me. Each day, whether I travel or not, I want to make decisions that benefit animals, the environment and the well-being of local communities.
What Eco-friendly travel trends have you embraced on your own travels? Any reason why you decided to make this change?
> Where possible, I always make the effort to travel with carry-on luggage only; reducing the plane weight reduces carbon emissions.
> I prefer to take public transport or ride a bicycle, rather than a private taxi for the same reason. The smaller your luggage, the easier it is to do so.
> Wherever I choose to stay, I refuse to have my towel and bedding changed during my stay, I think it’s unnecessary and a waste of resources.
> When buying souvenirs, I make sure I never buy anything made from animal products. This includes things such as shark teeth, ivory, coral, tortoiseshell, skin or fur.
> I never buy a photo from anyone exploiting wildlife on the streets. Any animal, whether it’s a monkey, gibbon, bird, snake, elephant, tiger - does not deserve to be used as a tourist attraction. The suffering they have to endure to remain docile and calm for tourists to touch is inappropriate and cruel. The more money they make from #tourists the more likely these practices will continue to occur. Therefore, I avoid taking part in tourist attractions where animals are on display or made to work against their will. I don’t want to play a part in allowing this industry to continue. You can learn more about responsible animal tourism on my blog.
> I don’t take part in walking lions or riding #elephants; by taking part you are supporting the illegal capture and abuse of many animals each and every year. Please do not ride elephants!
> Lastly, when I go snorkelling I make an effort not to touch or step on the coral, as it can damage the reef’s #ecosystem. It’s already fragile and I would hate to be the cause of more damage. Simply swim and admire the ocean carefully.
Do you prefer to use a reusable water bottle or do you purchase one-time use plastic bottles on your travels or both?
I take my ##reusable stainless steel water bottle with me everywhere. It’s ideal, as it stays cool in the summer heat and keeps warm during the cold weather. When I travel to countries where the water is questionable for my health, I have used water purification tablets in the past. However, some hotels, hostels and #volunteer accommodation I have stayed at have supplied filtered water so you can fill up your own water bottle. Alternatively, I would suggest buying a water filter bottle, to avoid buying one time use plastic water bottles, whether at home or when you #travel. This is one of the best choices you can make – don’t leave home without one!
Do you have any plastic-free travel essentials that you would recommend to other travellers? Such as fabric bags, bamboo toiletries, mason jars or reusable coffee cups?
Yes, many! You are going to think I’m crazy. But with the increased use of one-time plastic everywhere, I knew I had to change my habits. You can easily make the change to #sustainable options too and I trust that you will enjoy the #journey. There are so many wonderful items on the market these days and anything that you can't find in your local city can usually be purchased online.
> I have a few stainless steel straws that I take with me in my handbag everywhere I go. Whenever I order a drink, I always advise, no straw, please!
> I use organic floss in a glass jar.
> My moisturiser and cleansers, all come in glass jars too.
> My shampoo and conditioner are bars, so no plastic bottles used.
> My earbuds are made from organic cotton and recyclable cardboard stems.
> My toothbrush is made from bamboo as an alternative to plastic.
> I take reusable shopping bags with me that can fold small to fit in my handbag to use at the supermarket or markets.
> I also have bamboo utensils that I take with me to avoid plastic.
Everyone has to play their part in reducing their one-time plastic usage. Start with one change and go from there. You’ll feel so much better for making the swap! Together we can make a difference.
Lastly, which convenient plastic items do you find the hardest to swap for Eco-friendly versions when you are travelling?
When #travelling, the takeaway food containers are either plastic or styrofoam, which I find the hardest to avoid. I could bring my own reusable glass container with me unfortunately this is often the hardest to include in my #backpack. It is easy to leave the house without containers and jars! Other options to reduce the plastic waste you use when you dine out is by aiming to eat in at the restaurant or use your fabric bag and bamboo cutlery as much as possible.
You can follow my journey here on my blog – The WildLife Wanderer
Travel For Change encourages you to make Eco-friendly choices which are kind to the planet and all living beings when you travel. It is important to be the change in the travelling community and be creative to reduce your footprint on the earth. Take care of the ocean, the air, the animals and one another and please share your ideas with us here in the comments.