How to be a clean, green traveller
Nov 13, 2018
If you are planning a break from the build up overseas – and let’s face it regardless of volcanic ash and flight times, Bali is always enticing especially for those who like to chill out – we have some ideas on how to stay green and clean when overseas (and not just by swimming or floating).
Planning your trip
If you’re still planning your trip, here are a few suggestions on how to book the cleanest getaway possible:
- Choose an ethical destination (see ethicaltraveler.org for the latest reports)
- Look for certified ‘green’ hotels that may use renewable energy, recycle, use eco-friendly cleaning products and offer guests eco-friendly options such as not having sheets or towels changed every day
- Consider staying in a smaller accommodation or B&B and support the locals;
- Choose a green or eco-friendly tour company that may contribute to the community.
Before you go
A few ‘earth-friendly’ holiday practices can help the environment at home and away – and guess what, it’s easier to conserve energy and minimise waste whilst travelling than you may think.
- Before you go, pack re-useable water bottles (purifying tablets may also be a good idea, seek advice from your pharmacist)
- Remember to turn off all fans and unplug unnecessary appliances
- Run the pool pump at its minimum requirements (ask a neighbour to check up on it if possible)
- Pack a nightlight to use in your holiday accommodation, so you don’t leave lights on
- And don’t pack too much!
During your holiday
When you’re away…
- Stick to the accommodation’s eco policy – use recycling bins, participate in linen programs, turn off lights, TV and radio and close curtains or blinds when you leave your room
- Use energy wisely in gyms by turning off equipment and lights not in use
- Try to use public transport (bikes and walking tours too) where possible and safe to do so
- Eat locally sourced food
- Don’t dump your stuff and turn your waste into a local problem.