This weekend I visited my parents, attended a wedding with my husband and then took a girls trip to DC to visit so many good friends and people I love (@dasol.mich @yennybun @kerllypilates @maerunes) I caught up with so many of my good friends that I haven’t seen in a while - experimental matcha teas, long walks, conversations about Pilates & alternative medicine, and lots and lots of food. During this trip, I tried Vegemite, the Australian fave, for the first time and loved it! ⠀ ⠀
These are my top tips for staying eco friendly while you travel. I try to do all of these every time I travel (tip 1 is hardest for me!): ⠀
1) Bring a reusable water bottle & thermos: avoid and say 🙅♀️ to plastic water bottles, coffee cups and straws ⠀
2) Bring reusable shopping bags/totes: I use these to store dirty clothes, shoes and to bring with me when I shop to avoid plastic and paper bags. They’re super convenient to keep you organized while you travel! ⠀
3) Pack light: I try to only bring a carry on when I fly and pack only what I really need. Flying already is not the most environmentally friendly way to travel but, the lighter you pack, the less carbon emissions a flight produces. ⠀
4) Stay with a friend instead of a hotel: This cuts down on laundry, plastics (those mini bottles of everything) AND you get to spend time with a friend. ⠀
5) Take Public Transportation (instead of renting a car or Uber): This method of transport is way more eco friendly due to fuel use. If you are renting, try to rent a small car or a hybrid to use less fuel. I know this can be a challenge but it’s a fun way to see a city or country!⠀
6) Buy and Eat local: Buying and eating locally produced and manufactured goods reduces the negative impacts shipping something across the world can have. Think local grown foods at farmers markets, local beers at a Brewery and supporting small businesses.