Minimalism is key:
Put a limit on how much luggage you bring on your trip. When you begin the trip with two suitcase half full, with the intention to bring them back fully loaded, that will cause more damage to the planet (and your wallet) in the long run. Instead, start with one piece of luggage, the essentials for clothing, and one pair of shoes. Repeat your clothing items throughout the trip by hand washing them in the sink- or washer if you have that option- and choose a pair of shoes that will fit the activities you have planned. This will make the packing process a lot less stressful and you won’t pay extra to check that second piece of baggage.
Become a conscious consumer:
There are many products out there today that are ethically made and environmentally friendly. If you feel the urge to buy a hip new pair of sunnies to relax poolside then seek out products like Wearwood (https://wearwood.com/pages/about-us-1) who create their cool specs from wood and bamboo while planting two trees for every order that is placed. In becoming a conscious consumer you not only help generate sustainability but you also provide business to those who care about our environment.
Keep it local:
was the last time you explored your own backyard? Check out your local visitors bureau to find the latest exhibits, programs and classes. No need to travel across across the world to experience legendary artwork if your local art museum has a traveling Monet exhibit running. If you are the outdoors type start with a search for local trails and bike routes. Don’t disregard your local offerings when there are many exciting adventures to be had close to home.
Article by: Ciara Stang