5 eco-friendly habits for a traveler
Tips | 13.11.2019
Awareness and caring for the environment have been the major themes over the past few years. There are many ways to help our planet by changing our lifestyle. The first step is to develop an eco-friendly habit. Even a small action will benefit a common cause. It is possible to help the environment even while travelling. We will tell you how to do that.
1. Bring along an eco-friendly kit
Many of the daily habits can be useful for travelling. Take on a trip a kit of essential things, which will help to reduce the use of plastic. For example, a water bottle to fill it in cafes or public drinking fountains. It is particularly relevant for summer trips, during which it is necessary to consume a lot of fluid. A big vacuum flask suits for pouring water and maintains the temperature much better than a plastic bottle.

Besides, sacks for fruits and vegetables won't take up much space. It is often interesting to visit a market and buy some of local food while travelling. Bring some sacks, a string or canvas bag to avoid using plastic bags. By the way, a canvas sack will also be of use for beach rest.
2. Buy local food
Speaking of food, try buying local fruits and vegetables. Nice grannies and grandpas sell them on the market, but you can also buy them by weight in the supermarket. You invest in the economy of the country, which is also called "to buy food with the shortest transport mileage".

Local food did not come or fly from far away, but was cultivated in the same country and traveled a distance from one region to another at most. Short transport route means there are less noxious emissions. You can eat the food right away or even cook something, if you are eager to do it. It is often interesting to try making a dish from local food in your travels. And home breakfasts and dinners (for example, in the Nordic countries) are a great way to save some money.
3. Do not use plastic straws
Small plastic dishes are the bane of our time. Some countries, for example, Georgia, have completely renounced their production. In many countries, in which it has not occurred yet, plastic dishes cost more than those made of recycled materials.

Statistics on plastic are terrible, and straws constitute the bulk of the production, as they are rather widespread and not marked with recycling codes. That's why seemingly harmless and customary things in fact cause severe damage. A simple solution is to avoid the use of straws when you go to a pub or decide to drink a glass of juice on the beach. If you are not ready to do it, you can add a metal or bamboo reusable straw to your eco-friendly kit mentioned above. By the same logic, you can ask not to close a lid while buying a coffee to go. Having your own vacuum mug is even better. In many countries it has become the norm, and you will even get a discount in some coffeehouses.
4. Prepare food for long journeys or strolls
During long road trips and short rides we often want to have a snack. Getting ready for trips, a lot of people rush to local supermarkets. Filling stations with hot dogs and numerous snacks for all tastes become the only oases on the way. Here's an idea: prepare snacks in advance.

For example, nuts will be perfect for a long ascent or just a lengthy walking tour. They are rich in calories and will help to recover your energy. Weight nuts in supermarket in your own sack and buy a bunch of them for the whole party.
Make sandwiches or other snacks for the road and put them into food storage containers, which you can later wash and use in future. In such a way you won't have to waste your time on stops or wander around the supermarkets. But the most important thing is that you consume less amount of plastic. Thousands of packages and small bags are dumped and turned into tremendous sea of plastic. Let's not aggravate this problem.
5. Travel eco-friendly
If the weather allows it, you can use a bicycle or go by foot while travelling around the city. This type of "transport" has several advantages: it is eco-friendly and helps to get to know the city better. There is a reason why experienced travelers advise to explore new places instead of moving single-mindedly from one attraction to another: you should walk around the city and pay attention to the daily life of locals.
It will be far more exciting on a bicycle or on foot. If the distance is too long for going on foot, you should give preference to electric vehicles. If you want to go even further, choose a train instead of a plane, especially if you are a fan of train travels and have enough time. If the distance is extremely long, you can travel on water.
Just one of these eco-friendly habits will benefit the environment. Such small steps often seem to be insignificant, but they actually constitute the overall picture. You can also forget about paper maps and guidebooks, as all of it is available in our app.
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