It's important to make your vacation eco-friendly
With the popularity of eco-friendly travel on the rise, more and more travelers have come to us with questions about how they can ensure the sustainability of their trip.
Well, we have the answers! The good news is that an eco-friendly vacation doesn’t require you to eat bugs and recycle bodily fluids à la Bear Grylls. It is perfectly possible to be eco-conscious in style.
- Being eco-friendly while at your hotel
Your eco-conscientiousness should begin as soon as you enter the comforts of your room. Small gestures such as reusing your towels and choosing a shower over a bath go a long way for water conservation. Bringing your own toiletries is another great way to remain eco-friendly. This will cut the amount of plastic wasted by half-used hotel toiletries. Finally, always remember to switch your lights off when you leave the room.
- Using eco-friendly products
A little known fact: Sunscreen is a major contributor to the destruction and bleaching of coral reefs. To avoid this effect, wear biodegradable sunscreen and seek out brands that are free of Oxybenzone. Also, be sure to bring reusable plastic containers (preferably BPA-free) that you can pack your own snacks in.
- Avoid activities that could damage the environment
Limit your use of watercrafts such as Jet Skis and boats. Although fun, these machines are prone to dumping fuel into the water. They also have a tendency to disrupt and/or displace wildlife. It's a good idea to opt for non-destructive watercraft like surfboards and kayaks instead. Likewise, when diving or snorkeling, make sure not to damage or displace anything.
- Choose ‘green’ transportation
‘Green’ transportation is a big part of being eco-friendly. Be sure to walk or bike when possible (Added bonus: It’s good for your waistline!). Also, enjoy the local cuisine. Foods that are native to a region don’t require the transportation that foreign foods do. Less transportation required means less pollution.
- Choose a vacation planner that gives back
Finally, It’s important that your beliefs align with those of your travel planners. Here at Escapes, we are ahead of the game. With several charitable projects in the works, we are proud to consider ourselves an eco-friendly travel agency. For every vacation package booked, ten trees are planted by The Eden Projects. For every online booking, we donate $1 to the WWF. To learn more, visit http://www.escapes.ca/escapes-cares