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    How to travel more sustainably?

    How to travel more sustainably?

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    Starting from the worldwide need for a change towards a more sustainable development under an economic, social and environmental point of view. Many people crave the world, in order to push boundaries, navigate foreign cities, and meet strangers who speak different languages. We should understand that there are still people and projects with integrity and high spirits in keeping the world in good shape and harmony. I think it is our responsibility to spread news about these people to the global society; to inspire people to do the same in their own league, no matter how small it is.

    There are several aspects to make travel more sustainable;

    1. Choose your destination carefully

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    Avoid far places that relying on an airplane; go by bicycle-friendly, so you don't need to use a car upon arrival. Go to a destination that is not overcrowded with tourists, where the local people are not feeling overwhelmed and resentful about your presence. So as not to contribute further to its degradation and to reduce your environmental footprint.

    2- Research the sustainable accommodations

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    The new concept of eco-accommodations is really able to guarantee a sustainable tourism development. There are several important characteristics and criteria for the ecolodges in order to be considered authentic and suitable type of accommodation for travellers such as; (1) Provide comfortable rooms and common areas that reflect local design and heritage; (2) Offer a natural setting that has been carefully preserved retaining indigenous landscaping; (3) Use local, sustainably harvested and/or recycled building materials; (4) Purchase foodstuffs from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen; (5) Use renewable energy and environmentally sensitive water and waste disposal systems and (6) Offer a variety of excursions and educational materials to natural and cultural sites.

    3. Avoid covering much territory within a limited time.

    Stay in one place and avoid trying to cover as much territory as you can within a limited time, but instead embrace a slower pace. Stays put and get to know a single community more intimately.

    4. Act and eat like a local as best you can.

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    Disconnect from the online recommendations and the travel books. Imitating the local way of life is the most respectful way to travel. Eat like the way people around you are eating, without dragging along your preconceived notions of how food should be.

    5. Avoid single-use disposables.

    Travel with reusable; use a reusable water bottle, a travel mug, a cloth shopping bag to transport purchases, a metal straw, utensils, and possibly a container or two for leftovers. Avoiding bottled water can be tough in some places. You can use a portable travel water purifier that uses a UV light to destroy 99.9% of bacteria or a filter system like Life Straw. Water purifying tablets are another option.

    6. Choose souvenirs wisely and Talk to family and friends afterward.

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    Invest in things of lasting value and local handmade, such as art, textiles, and ceramics. Share your stories with your family and friends when they ask about your trip. Write honest reviews online so that future travellers will have an easier time doing research.