Environment

The importance of environmental protection as part of sustainable travel cannot be overemphasized enough. Not only is environmental protection important to assuring the best places to travel are still around in the future, it is essential to assuring the well-being of local communities and, above all, to our very survival as human beings. While protecting the environment at home has become commonplace to many (although, sadly, not nearly as much as it should), our impact on the planet is just as important, if not more, when we are traveling.

 

When traveling, we tend to utilize different forms of transport, eat out more often and, in general, produce more waste than in our day-to-day at home. Add on to that the fact that you are stepping into someone else’s home and protecting the environment while moving around becomes all the more important. But how does environmental protection differ on the road from home? What should you do differently to become a more conscientious traveler?

 

Dunia Unificada has put together this guide to help you be better at protecting the environment while you globetrot around the world. We have included top tops, best environmentally sustainable companies and stories of people doing awesome things to make sure our globe is healthy and beautiful for generations to come. We want to make sure that you travel sustainably. As with the rest of our site, this section is a work in progress.

 

Think we missed something? Have some additional tips? Let us know at duniaunificada@gmail.com. 

Packing

  1. When flying, pack lightly

  2. Bring a refillable water bottle

  3. Bring along a reusable bag to use instead of plastic

  4. Bring along eco-friendly products

Eating

  1. Choose locally owned restaurants that use local products

  2. Familiarize yourself with local products and choose local cuisine over imported plates

Other general tips

  1. When walking, stay on marked paths

  2. Don’t touch things off the marked paths

  3. Buy local products as souvenirs

  4. Do not buy products from endangered species

  5. When booking a tour, choose tours that use small groups  

Transport

  1. Book non-stop flights

  2. Choose land transport over air transport

  3. Choose an airline that offers a carbon offset program

  4. Use public transport to get around, instead of renting a car

  5. If you do rent a car, choose a hybrid​

Accommodation

  1. Choose shared accommodation (hostels, Airbnb, Couchsurfing) over hotels

  2. Before booking, research the reputation of your accommodation

  3. Take short showers

  4. Turn off the lights and electronics before heading out for the day

  5. Reuse towels by hanging them, rather than leaving them on the floor

  6. Put the do not disturb sign up when you leave a hotel so they don’t clean every day