Our earth is such a beautiful place to travel and explore, so why not do everything we can to keep it that way for as long as possible? We researched some of the best ways to keep as eco-friendly and earth conscious as possible while we travel. Here are some of our top tips!
1. “BYOPA”-Bring Your Own Plastic Alternatives
- Flying is very dehydrating so you’ll want to have access to lots of water on your flight and in the airport. You can’t bring more than 3 fl oz through security, but you should always bring an empty reusable water bottle with you in your carry-on. Nearly every airport now has bottle filling stations and water fountains. Rather than paying $5 for a tiny plastic bottle at the airport, just bring your own and refill it over and over again.
- Avoid plastic straws! Most restaurants will give out a plastic straw as a default, but let them know that you don’t want one. Try purchasing your own reusable straw, or if you book your next trip with AurTravel, ask your agent about our reusable AurTravel straws. They come with a cleaning brush and container that can easily be kept in a purse or pocket. We’ll include one with your travel documents so you can take one with you on your next trip (while supplies last).
- Look into purchasing your own reusable cutlery as well. Most meals you get in the airport or on the plane will be given to you with some plastic, flimsy knife and fork that will just go sit in a landfill as soon as you’re done with it. Try checking on Amazon for a reusable bamboo or stainless steel set. There are plenty of options to choose from, and most come in easy-to-carry cases that can fit in your carry-on.
2. Eco-friendly toiletries
- Always check your sunscreen and bug spray to ensure they are safe before you get into the ocean. A lot of top brand sunscreens can be very dangerous to the reef or animals in the waters where you might be staying. Make sure to check with your resort or concierge to see what sunscreens and bug sprays are safe to wear in the water.
- Shampoo and soap bars are a great way to avoid plastic while traveling. Check out Lush for some seriously eco-friendly options on shampoo and soap bars to take on your next trip.
- Or if that’s not your thing, invest in reusable bottles to fill with your favorite products to take with you on every trip, rather than getting multiple small versions of your toiletries that you’ll throw out after you get home.
3. Be mindful
- Simply remembering to turn off the lights in your hotel room when you’re not in it can be a huge energy saver.
- Recycle whenever you can. And if you’re in an area where you don’t have the option, try hanging onto some of your extra plastic until you’re back in an area where you can dispose of it properly.
- Check before you go to see if there have been any water shortages in your destination. Something as simple as leaving the water off while you’re brushing your teeth can make a big impact. Or if you think you could reuse that towel again, hang it up over the door rather than throwing it on the floor so they don’t have to waste the water washing a nearly clean towel.
Even if you can’t follow all of these tips on every trip, every little bit helps. Do what you can to help keep this beautiful planet thriving so we can keep exploring! Give us a call today to book your next trip and get your complimentary reusable straw.
Rebekah Swerczek, AurTravel
Growing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan.