Your guide to being a more responsible traveler

Travelling for many has become a huge part of enjoying life, however, it is having an impact on our environment and the local cities that are being frequently visited, it is time to thoroughly consider how we can preserve and support the communities we visit! By making some simple choices, you will help preserve the countries culture, heritage and environment.

Re-think wildlife activities

It is particularly prevalent in South East Asia for guests to ride elephants, pet tigers or swim with the sharks, however, the cost of these activities come at the price of the animal. Within many tourism businesses involving wildlife, the well-being of the animals are not taken into consideration and as a result, many species have been classified as endangered. When you come across these activities or have considered them for your holiday, take into the consideration of the animals that are being utilized! Whether you visit a sustainable sanctuary or opt out of the activity, there’s something you can do to protect the local wildlife.

Respect local cultures and customer

Being a responsible traveler is not only taking into consideration your impacts on the environment, but also the impact you will have on the local people. It’s extremely important to respect the culture and customs of the destination you’ll be travelling to as they might adhere to a different set of social standards! In many part of the word, wearing short sleeves or short shorts aren’t appropriate, so be sure to pack accordingly. Alternatively, in other parts of the world, opposite sex communication is generally frowned upon. Before you head on your dream holiday, just be sure to look up and research any of the local rules you might need to follow.

Learn a few phrases in the local language

Language is such a large part of a country’s culture and history. Learning the local language could get you a long way and show the locals that you respect their time, space and culture. Brushing up on a few phrases like ‘hello’, ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ will show that you appreciate them! Often when you’re travelling, engaging with local people will give you a deeper insight into their lifestyles as well. Expecting everyone in foreign countries to be able to speak English could be considered rude or ignorant! You definitely don’t have to be fluent in the local language but be sure you brush up on some key phrases.

Minimise carbon emissions while travelling

Even while you’re on vacation, there are some simple things you could do to minimise carbon emissions! If you must fly to your destination, try booking direct flights and flights with carbon offset. Alternatively, you could travel by train instead as it’s a sustainable, affordable and landscape filled way to travel from city to city. When travelling around the city, you could also opt to use public transport. It’s convenient, cheap and more sustainable than renting a car or using taxis! Check out more tips on how to travel sustainably!

Travel with less waste

One sign of tourists bombarding a local area is the significant amount of waste and rubbish being left behind. Not only does it detract from the beauty of the city, an excessive amount of waste is also harmful to local animals and the environment. Regardless of whether you’ll be travelling in cities or roaming in rural areas, be sure to carry out what you carried in! While it is hard to eradicate all waste from our travel, we should still try our best to minimize it! It can be something as small as dining in at a restaurant or bringing a reusable water bottle. Check out our other tips on how to travel waste free here!

These are just some of the few simple ways in which you can help out the environment of the local residents in your destination! Another is to book home stays for a more local experience, so check out the properties we’ve got at Aabode.com!

Tips for zero waste travelling!

A huge portion of waste is coming from the travel industry and travelers! As we explore the world, we have to think about the actions we take that can influence it. Here are some tips on how you can reduce your waste while travelling!

Take your own water bottle, coffee cup or life straw.

Wherever in the world you go, you’ll have to drink some water or coffee eventually! Taking your own water bottle around is just one simple way of reducing the amount of plastic water bottles used when travelling. If you’re a coffee lover, just bring your keep cup if you’re getting your coffee to go. If you want to save up on space, just bring a keep cup and it can double as a water bottle as well! If you’re out and about camping or in a country with unsafe drinking water, just bring along a life straw! It filters everything out immediately and doesn’t take up any space!

Just bring one set of cutlery

Although it is usually provided within most restaurants around the world, some places won’t offer you cutlery! Whether you’re eating in a local village or indulging in some street food, it’s always good just to have at least one cutlery pack on hand in case of an emergency. This way, you won’t have to ask for any plastic one use cutlery!

Carry a reusable napkin or handkerchief

Whether it’s a spill, splash or drip, you’re bound to run into some messy situations while travelling. Whether you’re biking with your morning coffee or experiencing some turbulence on a train while eating, travelling can get messy! Instead of using a plethora of tissues or disposable wipes, why not opt for a reusable napkin or handkerchief? Just pop it in with your laundry during your travel and you’ll be good to go!

Eat in, instead of take out

Although quite obvious, when you dine at sit down restaurants and café, you’ll be using zero packaging. As these restaurants use plates and silverware for your meals, you don’t have to worry about wasting a thing! The best meals are often sitting down at a restaurant admiring the scenery or enjoying a banter with others. You really have nothing to lose with this tip!

Bring your own food when travelling

Unfortunately when travelling on planes and busses, all of the food seems to be wrapped! All of it. Even a toothpick. Airline and commercial catering use an excessive amount of plastic and packaging for their food and cutlery. When you consider the mass amounts of people on the plane, think about how much waste is being produced! Even if you don’t use the cutlery or eat one dish, the attendants will usually throw them away anyways. When travelling, bring your own food and cutlery, or simply give back to the attendants what you won’t need straight away.

Bring a reusable bag

You bring a reusable bag to the supermarket, so why not bring one with you on your travels as well! There are loads of compact bags you can bring that will simply fit in your pocket or wallet. Whether you’re perusing the farmers market or purchasing some souvenirs, just bring along your bag so you don’t have to accept any plastic ones!

Wherever you go, think about the impact you have. Staying in private accommodation is significantly less wasteful than staying at a hotel, so check the 4000+ properties we have at Aabode.com!

5 ways to travel more sustainably

We all want to contribute to our community and global environment, but sometimes that can be hard when we’re travelling around the globe. Convenience can get the best of us but we’re going to show you 5 ways you can explore the world sustainably!

Travel slowly – going fewer places, spending more time

Spending more time in a country or a location is a great way to absorb the atmosphere! Whether you’re slowly perusing windy lanes or getting to know the locals, slow travel is something that can benefit both you and the environment. Exploring cities at a more comfortable pace allows you to see it in a different light and can open doors to new experiences! Spending more time in quieter towns allows the locals of your destination to preserve the culture and heritage of their place, rather than making everything commodities for tourists.

Use public transport instead

Spectacular views, no check ins and arriving in the city center? We’re all about it! Travelling by train or coach when possible is a great way to travel sustainably and uses from 29 times less carbon emissions.  Embarking on your journey by train also come with other huge benefits such as having no turbulence, comfortable seats and cheaper tickets! Even when you’re travelling within a city, catching the train is way cheaper and more convenient. Instead of arriving to the airport 3 hours early, use every second to continue exploring and then hop on a train before it leaves! Understandably, if you have to take a plane, try and book nonstop flights as takeoff and landings create most of the plane’s carbon emissions.

Refuse and reuse

 Did you know in some countries they wrap a single banana in plastic? The use of unnecessary plastic and packaging within the travel industry is astonishing. Even though the inconvenience of packaging during travel is helpful to us, it can be harmful to the environment. Where possible, refuse single use plastics that you won’t need any more (like tiny toiletries that we all like to steal) and reuse items that might be useful for later. Whether you’re bringing an empty water bottle with you or giving back unnecessary bags and cutlery packs, refusing and reusing will make a significant contribution to any environment!

Buy souvenirs that support the  real local economy

Of course you want to buy souvenirs! While there’s nothing wrong with buying a gift for your friends and family back home, try to avoid gimmicks and gizmos that might end up in the bin! Even though buying gifts from local shops might be a tad more expensive, you’ll be coming home with a unique gift and supporting the local economy in your destination! You can also opt to bring home tasty treats such as local sweets, spices or unusual foods.

Stay at homes or hostels run by locals

Local hostels and home rentals are an amazing way to interact with the nearby environment and the people in them! Most often locals run these types of accommodation and all of the profits will contribute to the local economy. Rather than staying in a sterile hotel room, book a quirky accommodation that will give you an authentic feel of how the locals live! In addition to this, home rentals use up to 78% less energy and up to 48% less water than hotels!





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