How To Encourage Your Family And Friends To Be Eco-Friendly Travellers

You are a wonderfully green traveller and want to share the love, your passion and raise awareness for an eco-friendly way to travel; amazing work! You can be a valuable spokesperson to guide your friends and family to change their habits and live a greener life.

It is only natural to want to share your travel experiences with those who matter most. Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your family and friends to choose greener options when they are planning their travels.

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Encourage Sustainable Air Travel

Flying not only has a significant impact on our carbon footprint, but our skies are full of waste. Think of all the plastic knives, forks, spoons, cups, bags and mini water bottles flying above us waiting to be discarded upon landing.

In many cases, you might prefer to choose the slower pace of local public transport. An overnight sleeper train or tourist bus is cheaper and offers an adventure you won’t get from flying.

If you do have to fly between destinations, then avoid business or first-class! According to a study from the World Bank, emissions associated with flying in business-class are three times higher and in first-class up to nine times higher than flying in economy seats.

Business-class and first-class seats are more significant; therefore, fewer people are being transported by the same amount of fuel when compared to the economy.

Sustainable Air Travel is gaining popularity thanks to travellers aware of the massive carbon footprint each flight has on the environment. Check to see if your airline has a Carbon Offset option.

This means they have partnered with a company that runs programs that offset emissions; such as planting trees. Imagine that!

Each time you book a flight, you can positively contribute to an organisation that will plant a tree. The cost of the fees does not go to the airline, the funds go to the accredited offset scheme provider to support the work they are doing to help the environment.

Suggest Travelling Light

Backpacking is a fantastic way to see the world. Travelling to a new destination can be overwhelming and we naturally feel inclined to pack everything we own!

A backpack that is permitted for carryon or a compact suitcase can easily help you to travel lighter and cheaper! It takes a little practice, but minimalist packing is achievable.

You will feel free to move around without worrying about carrying a heavy bag everywhere you go. If you have to purchase a backpack I highly recommend the popular Osprey Farpoint 40 which I have been travelling across Indonesia with since day one and absolutely love!

You can also make your life easier by investing in a set of compression bags or packing cubes. They are something every traveller shouldn’t leave home without.

Make Use Of Public Transport

Are you in an area that has good public transport