With so much focus now on environmental impact it’s difficult to ignore the subject of traveling ecologically. For many years I’ve pondered the question about my own “eco footprint” since I cross the Atlantic two or three time a year, leading small group tours in the Italian countryside. It bothers me to think that I might be causing harm to the delicate balance of our atmosphere. So, in turn I’ve looked for ways to minimize that footprint and in doing so have realized that it’s not complicated or difficult to travel mindfully.
Here are some simple ways to do less damage to the ecological balance:
1) Travel lightly; less baggage means less fuel used.
2) Stay in one lodging for a length of time, using less fuel to move around, use feet more than vehicles.
3) Act locally; find out who in town grows their own food and solicit that establishment (s); buy articles made only locally, thus you’ll have to talk to and get to know the local citizens.
4) Use public transportation instead of renting cars.
5) Plant trees (or donate to such organizations) each time you travel.
6) Recycle, just as you would at home. Be aware of the type of containers you purchase.
Think about the ways you can lessen the impact you have on the environment while traveling. I’m sure there are many other small but significant suggestions for this topic.
Once I realized that all of these things are in my control and that I already adhere to them because I enjoy traveling slowly, I’m more convinced than ever that SLOW is the way to go….Happy travels, everyone!