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Six ways to travel without hurting the environment

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Travelling is the ideal way to escape your boring reality and make some great memories, all while getting those all-important Instagram pictures.

It's no surprise then that travelling abroad is becoming more and more popular, as we all seek to escape rainy England for some sunshine and adventure. With more and more people travelling, it is imperative that we respect the places we visit, as well as the Earth in general, and inflict as little damage during our stay as possible.

To ensure this we must consider where we travel, how we travel and what we do while away.

With that in mind, here are our top tips on how to avoid hurting the environment when you travel:

1. Try to cut down your emissions

Have a look if there is anywhere nearer to home that you would like to travel. Maybe somewhere in your own country or a place you could travel to by coach or train rather than plane. Similarly, car share for group trips and try and walk those few stops rather than getting on public transport when out and about. 

If you must fly, try choosing airlines with higher occupancy rates and more efficient aircraft.

Be aware of your travel options and make sure you are cutting down your emissions where possible. 

2. Cut down on plastic water bottle use

When on holiday it's easy to forget things or just decide to get what you need on the go, however, this can actually be very damaging. Rather than buy lots of plastic water bottles while you're out, bring a water bottle with you. As well as causing less plastic waste it will save you money and mean you always have water when you need it.

If you are travelling in a place where you can't drink the tap water, bring a water bottle with a purifier in it. You can find ones on Amazon that get rid of 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and parasites, meaning you can fill it up from any tap or even from rivers. Best of all, these bottles aren't too expensive, so you can make the money back quickly.

3. Carefully choose what trips and tour guides you support

Try and choose reputable and conservation-minded tour guides, who will respect the places they show you. 

If you're fit and capable, consider walking tours or bike tours over coach tours, you will likely be able to see things better, get some exercise and maybe even get a suntan. 

When on these tours, it is important to remember the people who live in these areas and be considerate of locals and the scenery when there. 

4. Dispose of your waste sensibly

Yes, we know you're on holiday and just want to have fun, however, you can still be considerate with how you dispose of your waste.

Firstly, make sure you throw any rubbish away, don't just drop it on the ground.

This sounds obvious, but can be quite annoying in places that don't have many bins. However, we advise you pop your rubbish in your pocket or bag, or just carry it, until you can find a bin, no matter how long that takes. 

Secondly, remember to recycle! If you have plastic, glass or other recyclable items, don't just throw them in the first bin you come across. A quick google search or conversation with a local will help you find the best place to throw away your rubbish. 

5. Be aware of how much energy you use

These are simple things really, yet they are the easiest to forget while on holiday. 

Be aware of how much air conditioning your using, and remember to turn it off once the room cools down. Once the room gets hot again, you can always turn it back on. 

Similarly, once you have charged your electrical device, be it a laptop, phone or camera, remember to unplug the charger! 

6. Choose your recreational activities wisely

Be aware of how much damage your activities might cause. Yes, it sounds cool to get an elephant ride or pet a tiger, but these activities are actually quite harmful. 

Additionally, while golfing might sound like the perfect way to destress while away, the chemicals that are sometimes used on the grass, as well as the vast amount of water needed to keep it lush and green, can mean they are not very environmentally friendly. 

If you must visit one, why not see if there are any golf courses near you that recycle their water?

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