Do you feel like you hear about sustainability all the time but you’re not sure how to put that into action? Or you might have even read some tips but you still feel confused and overwhelmed? You care about our planet and want to help but you’re not sure where or how to start?

These 5 easy tips were created for you. These are the first steps to start traveling more consciously. And let’s be honest you can include them in your everyday life as well if you haven’t yet.

1. Take 3 for the sea

Whenever you’re at the beach and see rubbish, pick it up and throw it in the bin. Very often it will be more than three. To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I went to the beach and didn’t pick up any rubbish 🙁 unfortunately it’s everywhere. But we can help by collecting it and not letting it go back into the ocean. 

In some places, if you were going to pick all the rubbish that you find at the beach, it would probably take you a whole day. Instead of getting overwhelmed, look for organised beach clean-ups (there are lots of them happening in Bali), join in and help. Additional gain, you will meet new people that also care about our oceans!

Photo by John Cameron

2. Say NO to single use plastic

Start with essentials:

stainless steel drink bottle – have it always with you, so you won’t have to buy bottled water

reusable cup with a lid – if you like to have take away coffee, juice, smoothie, ask to have it in your cup

shopping bag – or a couple of them in different sizes. Take them when you go shopping, so you don’t have to use plastic bags. You can also use them as a beach bags, carry-on, etc.

If a place where you are staying offers little super cute toiletries, leave them for the next guests. At restaurants or cafes ask for no plastic straw in your drink. If you are planning on having takeaway food, it’s wise to have reusable lunch box with you or check what kind of packaging is used at the restaurant.

Photo by Ja Ma

3. Shop at local markets when you can

If there are local markets around choose them to do your shopping instead of big chain stores. At the market you will be able to buy fresh local food grown or made by local producers.

If you can’t find a market nearby and shop at a chain store look at labels and choose products made locally.

4. Stay with locals

Avoid large resorts and big hotel chains, instead look for smaller local accommodation.

The water and energy consumption at resorts and hotels is huge! If you don’t have an option and stay at one, ask stuff not to change your bedsheets or towels daily. Really, you don’t need to have them changed and washed so often! Also cut on usage of air-conditioning, I know it’s hot in the tropics but use it only when you really have to and try to enjoy a little bit of sweat.

Photo by Chris Barbalis

5. Travel slowly

See less but more. Instead of trying to see everything within your week-long holiday focus on staying in one place and diving deeper into its specific vibe. It’s hard not to fly or ride if you want to explore the world but you can choose to do less of that by staying at one destination for longer.

Also know what the local transport options are. Choose to go by foot or pushbike whenever you can. Use public transport, shared rides and a scooter instead of a car.

6. Bonus tip – whatever you do have fun and enjoy the journey

Remember to do your best and don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t go as planned. If you have to use a plastic bag for shopping or take a few flights within a couple of days, use it as a lesson and see what you can do in the feature to avoid that.

Putting sustainable travel tips into action is about having fun and taking care of our planet and ourselves. Enjoy it!

Helena Created by Helena Jan 10, 2020