5 WAYS TO TRAVEL MORE SUSTAINABLY IN 2021

Updated: May 16


LIVING AND TRAVELLING SUSTAINABLY

It’s becoming more and more evident that living sustainably is no longer for “hippies” and people wearing tinfoil hats. NASA has reported huge changes around the world for quite some time. There is more and more carbon dioxide in the air, rising temperatures around the globe, ice sheets melting, sea levels rising and a drastic increase in extreme natural events. Although counteracting this has to be done on a very large scale, there are still small things that we can all do day-to-day that can at least help reduce our carbon footprints. If enough people take responsibility for themselves then that’s going to lead to us all achieving something incredible.

While on our travels Danielle and I thought we would make an effort to reduce our impact on the environment. At the very least we want to be able to leave places in the same condition that we found them. We made changes to our lifestyle that would help us do this...however you don't need to be travelling to think about doing the same. Here are some of the things we’ve put into practice already:

The image contains a selection of objects all placed neatly on what looks to be a wicker chair. Starting at the back left you can see a baby blue metallic reusable bottle with a straw-like lid attachment. Next to this is a similar bottle, but in black and with a different lid attached that has no straw like section. In front of the bottles there are some small pink cups which contain reusable orange make-up sponges. In front of the make-up sponges you can see a small black rectangular box that is open and contains a reusable cotton swap made from silicone. Laid out in front of of all of these objects are the final 2 which are two small washable face pads. One white (on the left) and one black (on the right). Next to all of these objects there is a plant placed to the right hand side for aesthetic purposes which has light and dark green stripped leaves mixed in with red leaves.
Some of the cost-effective reusable products that have helped us a lot

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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS WE HAVE & LOVE

  1. Comfortable reusable face masks: We opted for silk masks that are more comfortable when worn for long periods.

  2. Reusable water bottles: The ones we selected come with a small cleaning kit to avoid bacteria build-up. There are tonnes of options available, which means there are no excuses for not looking into it. They can help save money on bottled water, as well as reduce how much plastic you use! They're great, and most are made now to keep your drinks at your ideal temperature too...it's a win-win!

  3. LastSwab Reusable cotton buds: I dread to think about the total number of cotton swabs I've thrown away in my lifetime...at least I am looking to correct that wrong now. After using this I can honestly say it's great and this works better than its single-use counterpart!

  4. Bamba Reusable cotton pads: The same as myself with cotton earbuds, Danielle can’t help but think back to the number of cotton pads she has thrown away and where that large pile might be to this day. We found these reusable cotton pads on Amazon and Danielle hasn’t looked back since. They’re made with a type of bamboo fabric and arguably work incredibly well.

  5. FABCARE Eco-friendly face towels: Face wipes are another. There must be heaps of these things the size of MT. Everest somewhere! Switch out the single-use wipes and swap to a flannel or towel... it's so easy. This is the one Danielle recommends.


EAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Danielle and I began actively reducing our meat consumption over the last 18months. We’re not vegan, but we wouldn't rule that out in the future. I’m very much of the opinion that these types of radical diet changes are a marathon, not a sprint.

Whenever I’ve made significant dietary changes too quickly they’ve often crumbled spectacularly. We started with the simple step of deciding we would eat vegetarian meals 2 or 3 times per week. Once we’d found some recipes we enjoyed and realised how easy it was, that quickly increased to being vegetarian Monday-Friday. After some weeks of gorging on meat at the weekends, we noticed the dietary benefits. Our bodies felt bloated and sluggish on the weekends compared to during the week, so we decided to go for it full-time.

We thought that travelling around South East Asia could make it difficult to be vegetarian full-time, but actually, it's quite easy. Most restaurants will do vegetarian versions of almost any dishes on their menu. We've been in some very remote places, and still not found it to be an issue...they simply ask whether eggs are okay or not.

A hand delicately holds a coconut bowl containing a mouth-watering smoothie covered in various fruits. The smoothie is pink from the predominant ingredient, dragon fruit, and placed on top of this there are pomegranate and passionfruit seeds sprinkled with sliced banana to the left of them. Surrounding the banana there are two semi-circle slices of orange with the peel still attached and to the right of them there are 2 semi-circle slices of dragon fruit. A small section of the hand is in the picture holding the bowl which ends at the wrist and below you can see a girls feet as the image is taken in a birds eye style looking directly down on the scrumptious healthy bowl. The lady is wearing light brown sandals and you can just see the lower half of her white dress with black polkadot spots in the bottom of the image. The floor is a black and white mosaic tile pattern which compliments the aesthetic of the whole image very well.
Smoothie bowls are our favourite way of getting our 5-a-day

HOW TO GO THE EXTRA MILE

  • Go Green: While at home Danielle and I switched to "Super Green" with Octopus Energy, which provided 100% renewable electricity and carbon-neutral gas.

  • Go Paperless: Most companies that send you mail will often provide a paperless alternative. It will be time-consuming at first, but once it's done you don't need to worry about it anymore.

  • Go Economy: Unfortunately, there isn't a fully sustainable way to fly...but some airlines will offset carbon emissions. It may involve looking at flight routes or paying slightly more for a better airline, but in the end, you're helping to save the one planet we have.

I don't like being preachy, but it's ultimately important to look after the planet...it's the only one we have. With some very easy and simple changes, you'd be surprised at the difference you can make.

 

For more travel tips check out our blogs on saving money to travel, top 10 travel essentials and our travel photography guide.


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