Climate change isn’t fake news – it’s happening and it’s our job to make sure to stop it (or at least slow it down significantly). Sometimes it can be hard to live eco-friendlier when you also want to explore the world. For me personally, the bad effects of travelling on the environment have been a pretty big point of conflict. I love travelling – but I also love our planet, the nature and the animals that live on it. While travelling to beautiful destinations is fulfilling me with a lot of joy and happiness, I cannot help but wonder what will happen to these wonderful places if we do not take more care about the current climate situation. Even though a big part of improving this situation lies in the hands of the governments and the economy, I’m certain that everybody can help improve it on their own. And I like to think that every little step towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly life is a step into the right direction. But saying this does not have to mean we should completely stop doing what we love. If you love travelling – travel. But try to keep your impact as low as you possibly can.
I’ve been trying to travel in an eco-friendlier way for a while now, and it’s been going pretty well. Naturally, I’ll try and reduce my negative impact on the environment more and more, step by step. But I’m rather confident that I’m doing the best I can right now, and that I’ll slowly improve to an even more sustainable travel lifestyle. What I’ve been doing is not magic – in fact, it includes the basic things you can read on any blog that talks about travelling in a more sustainable way. I’ve been taking trains instead of planes, cooked my own food in hostels instead of buying plastic-wrapped convenience food in super markets and I’ve walked shorter distances instead of ordering an Uber or a taxi. When I couldn’t avoid taking a plane, I’ve packed light and compensate the CO2 emissions that my flight caused (on mindfulflights.com – really recommend!). I also tried to choose a more sustainable airline when possible – KLM for example uses biofuels for certain routes. I know that this does not make the emissions that the plane blasts into the air any less and that there definitely is room for improvement. But it’s the best I can do right now and I’m constantly trying to improve it. And as I said before: every little step into the right direction counts. So as long as we can find a balance between travelling and living a sustainable life, I think we’re doing a pretty good job.
Do you have any thoughts on travelling in an eco-friendlier way? How do you think we should behave and what we should do when it comes to travelling in a world that is dying from pollution and CO2 emissions? I’d really love to hear your opinion in the comment section and to learn about your personal take on the whole topic. Love, Stefanie