7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANET-FRIENDLY

July 3, 2018

In Go-Go- Adventures we do take the topic of the global worming seriously. It affects not only our professional field but our private life as well. Every 24 hours, 50 million plastic water bottles are used globally. It takes about 700 years per bottle to decompose and with that in mind the future for our oceans, lands, marine life doesn’t look pretty at all. 

 

We want to enjoy the beauty of this planet not to ruin it with every step we take. We want to take care of it and leave it in a better state than we found it. We are cautious about the way we travel - the transportation that we use, the places where we stay, the food that we eat. That's why, when it comes to tourism, in Go-Go- Adventures we think mainly locally. We are designing our adventures not only in a light way, but in a planet friendly manner as well because we want to make sure that our passion will not only takes us to fascinating places but will also help us preserve them.

 

If you feel that passionate about the future of all that beauty in the world and would enjoy adopting a green style of traveling, here's our short and easy to do list to start with.

  

1. Say NO to plastic

This seems difficult having in mind that we are surrounded by plastic products. But even the small steps can make a huge difference such as re-thinking the usage of bottled water. Instead you can buy stainless steel reusable water bottle and fill it every time you need. When hiking or exploring the back country you usually have plenty of possibilities to stop and enjoy the taste of the local water. Another big step towards your green way of travelling is to cut off the use of plastic bags and wrapping. Like bottles, plastic bags are virtually non-biodegradable, and they’re even less likely to be recycled properly. You have probably heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s a disgusting representation of rubbish that stretches for 700,000 square kilometers of the North Pacific Ocean and it's devastating. Take few lightweight canvas bags in you backpack and use them to store there whatever needed or use paper bags for your food. Not only this is planet-friendly but it is much easier once you have the habit in place.

 

2. Leave no trace

If we want to have sustainable future for us and for the next generations we need to reconsider our role as travelers. Tourism has developed as one of the biggest global economies which has its positive side but many drawbacks as well. One of them is the mass tourism which leads to devastation of natural and cultural resources. Whether we will hit a little know trail in the mountain, we will enjoy the calmness of a hidden beach or we will visit a popular temple, we need to treat each of these places with respect and make sure that we follow the designated routes that lead to them. In some areas even a single step out of the route can take million of years to regenerate and can cause vegetation loss and erosion. Therefore, the contemporary travelers more than ever needs to be not only passionate adventurers but educated ones, knowing the consequences of their impact as travelers and making sure they leave no trace out there.

 

3. Think local

The carbon footprint in tourism is not only a result of the means of transportation. It is a combination of the various choices we make while planning our trips. For instance, the more we choose to travel by air, to stay in big hotel chains and eat in big restaurant chains, the less green our travels will be. Why? Airplanes generate about 20% of the greenhouse gasses  that a car emits over the entire year. The big hotel and restaurant chains have much wider impact from their supply chain compared with a small local guest house or a restaurant. Thus, whenever possible, we recommend that you choose the local options. Not only that it adds to the sustainable development of the particular area but it also gives you a precious taste for the culture and life of the people in the neighborhood.