Is tourism a tool to generate wealth for countries or a tool that destroys natural resources and social structures?
Below are eight tips that you can implement whenever you travel to new places. These tips will help you respect the planet and help guarantee its future as well as make your experience more enjoyable and memorable. At the end of the article, I recommend several European destinations that you should travel to and practice the following tips.
Leave your grandchildren a planet better than you found it.
1. Reuse the Towels
Do you change towels at home every day? No, right? Then do the same at the hotel. If a domestic washing machine consumes between 42 and 62 liters of water for each full load, imagine that of a hotel establishment. So when you travel, after taking a shower, leave the towels hanging to reuse for the next time.
2. If Possible, Walk
Is it really necessary to take the car to visit a viewpoint that is 20 minutes away if you were to walk on foot? Every time you decide to walk instead of using a vehicle, you reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere (and the walk is also a great exercise).
3. Lights and Air Conditioning
Don’t leave until all of the lights in your hotel room is turned off. It’s recommended to put your thermostat at around 64 degrees Fahrenheit to receive the best room temperature and optimize energy consumed by the air conditioning and heater.
4. Use Public Transport and Rent Bikes
In many cases, it is the best way to get to know a city and get into its culture. And, of course, it’s cheaper than cars and fuel.
5. Buy Local Souvenirs
Turn around that Eiffel Tower you’re going to buy: does it say ‘Made in China’? Leave it! Buying local products will stimulate the country’s economy and reduce the polluting gases generated in the export and import processes.
6. Try Local Foods
For the same reason as the previous point, as well as integrating better in the destination you visit. You may not like what you try, but of course, it is more authentic.
Be properly informed of the processes that apply to your destination. For example, in Italy, the blue container is for recycling plastic and the yellow container is for recycling paper. While in Germany, for the purchase of glass, they charge you a tax that is only refunded if you deposit it in the recycling machines located in supermarkets.
8. Choose Destinations with Low Environmental Impact
Such as blue flag beaches, hiking through beautiful mountains, nature reserves, etc. It’s best to travel to these areas to help their economy and encourage their attempt to better our environment. Below is a list of five destinations that you can travel to!
Five European Destinations that Encourage Sustainable Tourism
The Slovenian capital was chosen last year as the European Green Capital. Walk around the city and don’t miss the Dragon Bridge, built-in 1900, one of the largest on the continent. To get lost in nature, choose the swamp, which you can reach with a short walk from the center of the city.
One of the most ‘eco’ cities in Europe. Has invested years in intelligent lighting and sustainable architecture. There are numerous bicycle rental companies and other sustainable tourism proposals to enjoy on foot, such as the visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, which is free and gives access to more than 200 sculptures, fountains, and esplanades covered with grass.
The Mecca of organic restaurants. At Reale, you can savor dishes prepared with your own harvested produce. And with the energy you need, take a walk and cycle through its magnificent parks, such as King Kongens Have Gardens or those surrounding Frederiksberg Palace, which has been open to the public since 1885.
In Spain, it is the ideal place for ‘eco’ tourism to enjoy its charms. In autumn, put on your trekking and hiking boots and visit, for example, the Sierra de la Tramuntana. It is recommended to visit the islet of Sa Dragonera, today a Natural Park, or the Torrent de Pareis canyon.
Returning to the north of the continent to encourage you to visit Stockholm’s lakes. A somewhat different way to get to know nature: the Mälaren and Norrviken await you as well as the Royal National City Park, the world’s first urban park.