How to be a clean, green traveller

Nov 13, 2018

Conserving energy is easy at home and even easier on holidays! Thanks to Xenia from Rush’ n Hour for sharing this beautiful holiday snap with us.

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.

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