How to be an eco-friendly traveller on a budget
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It can be easy to shrug off “eco-friendly travel” as too expensive and time consuming when you’re a student travelling on a budget. It’s hard enough making sure you can afford your next train, let alone ‘save the planet’ at the same time. However, being eco-friendly when you travel isn’t as hard as it looks, and more often than not it goes hand and hand with affordable travel. Eco-friendly travel is more enjoyable as well, not only because you are helping the environment but because you immerse yourself more in the community you are visiting and have a positive impact instead of a negative one. Little things like using a refillable water bottle or opting for a room without air conditioning doesn’t seem like it makes an impact, but it really adds up. Fly less, public transport more It is always better to avoid flying, when possible. Flying has a terrible impact on the environment because of the high CO2 emissions, and it doesn’t do a lot of favours for your budget either. Most trips to Europe you can easily take by train or bus; Interrail has great, affordable youth packages and car-sharing platforms like Blablacar have become increasingly popular for long-distance journeys. While visiting a city or new place, public transport is your best friend, it’s much cheaper than a taxi or renting a car and many cities have affordable tourist packages. Walk or cycle whenever you can Public transport is great for getting you quickly where you need to go when exploring a city, but always opt to cycle or walk when you can. They are better for your health and the environment, plus bike rentals are incredibly cheap and walking is free! Cycling and walking is also the best way to see a city, you completely immerse yourself in your surroundings and you get the chance to explore, change plans, and discover hidden gems which you would completely miss on a bus or train. Explore accommodation alternatives
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