At Eco Boulevard we are wildly passionate about taking care of our environment. With this in mind, we have collated 5 simple steps that everyone can take to make their ventures a little kinder to the earth– whether you are travelling to distant, dreamy shores or somewhere a little closer to home.
Minimal packing is key
A lighter luggage means a lighter aircraft, which in turn means less fossil fuel to be burnt. Attempting to take your entire wardrobe away with you is not practical and can have a higher impact. Instead why not choose several staple pieces of multi-purpose clothing that can be dressed up or down to suit whatever the weather, activity, or time of day. Minimalism is trending right now, so why not jump on board!
Choose conscious accommodation
Sustainable travel starts before we even leave the house. It starts from your cosy living room couch, laptop out & notepad at hand. Sustainable travel is all in the planning. Nobody expects you to camp out in a tent for the entirety of your stay! However, we highly recommend doing your research. It is crucial you research any hotels, lodges or b&bs before you travel and gather any information you can on their commitment to sustainability.
When you are surfing the net check websites thoroughly. Keep an eye out for topics such as ‘Sustainability’ or ‘Responsible Travel’, and try to answer questions like: Does the hotel recycle? Are they use sustainable energy sources such as solar or hydroelectric power? Do they participate in events that benefit the local community? These are all essential considerations to keep in mind when choosing your dream holiday accommodation, guilt free.
Conscious travel method
While we suggest travelling on land wherever possible, flying is often necessary to reach those irresistible, secluded destinations. In order to reduce your carbon footprint, always choose to buy the flights with no stopovers, as it is the takeoff and landing that generate the bulk of harmful emissions.
During your stay, you can connect with nature and your surroundings by going by foot instead of car if possible. Having a leisurely stroll around is the best way to truly experience the whole of your selected destination and will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, meeting the people and connecting to the nature on your doorstep.
Sample the cuisine in locally-owned restaurants and bars instead of bigger chains. This is not only better for the environment, “local food” enhances our experience by connecting us to the land and its culture and heritage. Embrace the foods that have been grown locally. By doing this, you are reducing the food miles on your plate and can enjoy a delicious authentic meal with a low carbon footprint. Inspire your taste buds and embrace the local cuisine as much as you can.
In recent years, the endeavor for conscious cuisine is a rapidly growing trend in fine dining experience. Fortunately, most chefs have a desire to work with local farmers and bring native ingredients to their plates. In 2019 Forbes published an article covering some of the globe’s greatest sustainable fine dining restaurants, offering plenty of inspiration to those who desire a guilt-free gastronomic experience.
Take only memories
Take only memories and leave only footprints. It is so important that we tread lightly and respect our environment while travelling. We have a responsibility to ensure that the natural splendor of the land remains intact for the next visitor. It is vital to be conscious of how your choice of leisure activities could have a detrimental effect on the local wildlife and environment. Sun creams contain chemicals that can cause damage to marine life. It is important to choose an organic sun cream that will not pollute or oceans or endanger our sea creatures.
By choosing our 5 simple steps, you can fully enjoy your relaxing staycation, with the added perk of feeling more connected to the nature around you.