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Environmentally Friendly Traveling

Today is Earth Day! In my opinion, travelers tend to have a special respect for the earth that many people don't get to feel. Traveling can make you feel small and in awe of the sights and the natural wonders. When you travel you may feel like you are on top of the world! Well, the world needs some help. We all know the saying "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints" and this holds true not just on Earth Day. I want to share with you some ways that you can be Environmentally Friendly while you travel.

If you can, take public transport instead of flying. And to go the extra mile, if you can, walk instead of taking public transport. Skip the cruise, because they are definitely not eco friendly. Fuel is a hot topic in the travel community and greenhouse gas emissions caused by cars and planes and buses are no joke. You don't always have the option and sometimes it just isn't time efficient, but it will go a long way I promise.

Keep your trash on you and throw it out when you can. If you pack light and remember to bring some extra ziplocs you will be easily be able to bring your trash with you to the nearest garbage. Also, recycle whenever you can! If you are backpacking/camping this is especially important. If you poop in the woods make sure to pack out your toilet paper and feminine products. I know it's gross, but you have to do your "doody"!

Follow in the local's footsteps. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of your destination then you may already plan to do this. Unfortunately, not every local thinks about being eco-friendly, but most locals have a better idea than you would. You may learn the best form of transportation, the best green restaurants, or the best way to explore the forests without disrupting the wildlife. Plus, the things you learn may even save you money.

Partner with your fellow travelers to make a difference! Whether that is educating a friend who doesn't know the right way to do it or joining a cause. There are loads of trips that aim to clean garbage from the ocean. Make sure if you choose an organization that you do your research first. Some volunteer trips can have hidden fees or they may not actually have the best intentions in regards to the environment.

Thanks for listening!

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