Hipsiti is mindful of the impact of tourism on the environment. We encourage our members to share their ideas about how we can reduce our footprint in the cities we visit. We believe that making an effort to ‘go green’ and being environmentally conscious during your holidays will provide you with peace of mind, knowing you have made a positive impact. So how do you ‘go green while travelling?’ At Hipsiti we have summarised the top 5 methods to take with you in your travels…
1. Choose an eco-friendly destination
It only makes sense that your mission to ‘go green’ while travelling starts at the first stage of your travels. So if you are planning an eco-friendly holiday, it’s important to choose an eco-friendly destination. All travel destinations around the world have different standards for environmental protection. However, this kind of information isn’t always readily available at your travel agent or booking platform. The good news is, it’s actually very easy to research this online through websites like ethicaltraveler.org, a NFP (Not-for-profit) organisation dedicated to protecting environment.
You can also look up the city on Hipsiti and check out the level of cleanliness. Our travel community can provide a valuable insight into the environmental footprint of that specific city.
According to our Hipsiti members, the top 5 cleanest cities are:
- Zurich, Switzerland – 9.3/10
- Noosa, Australia – 9.2/10
- Tokyo, Japan – 9.1/10
- Washington D.C, USA – 9.1/10
- Helsinki, Finland – 9.1/10
2. Search for ‘greener’ accommodation
When searching for where to stay on your holiday, be sure to keep an eye out for LEED Certified Buildings by checking this site – https://new.usgbc.org/leed. These buildings are certified to use renewable energy, encourage correct recycling methods and provide environmentally friendly cleaning products! This might be something you’ve never considered while planning a trip but is certainly something worth investigating. Wouldn’t you rather spend your hard earned money on a company that takes initiative and has the same values as you when it comes to the environment?
3. Take action on pollution
If you already consider yourself an eco-friendly person, this step should be easy for you. However, it is important to keep in mind the different systems that are in place in different countries and cities. Why not ask a local or your tour guide of the best recycling methods when you arrive so you know that you’ll be doing the right thing. Not only should you avoid pollution, but you can always use initiative and pick up rubbish you see while walking around. Positively impact another city in the world you are travelling through.
4. Choose to walk
If you’re going somewhere short distance, always choose to walk. The environment will thank you for it, and so will your body if you’ve indulged in some amazing food! Consider walking in Florence and check out the wonderful food. Florence currently ranks at 9.1/10 on Hipsiti for quality of food. By walking around a city abroad, you also make the most of your travel experience. Whilst walking outdoors, you also become more likely to meet locals and are more exposed to their culture. However, if you are travelling a longer distance you’ll need to plan ahead. Doing some simple research on the public transport or bike hire facilities in the area can provide you with a variety of eco-friendly options.
5. Bring your positive habits with you
You have great eco-friendly habits at home, so why ditch them while travelling? As a guest of another country, you’ll want to be just as conscious of the small things as you would at home. Packing re-usable water bottles, sandwich wraps, coffee cups and shopping bags can make the world of difference.
These simple additions to your suitcase can make the world of difference. Imagine how many plastic bottles of water you would use if you didn’t have your reusable one! Just make sure you always check the safety of the water you’re drinking. Better yet, buy a filtered water bottle and avoid the stress! Additionally, the basics of shortening showers, monitoring the aircon and getting sheets and towels cleaned only when necessary are the best way to lessen your environmental footprint while travelling.
Do you have any other suggestions to add on how you’ve reduced your footprint whilst travelling? If so, we’d love to hear from you in response to our blog or more formally through our website at (https://www.hipsiti.com/eco-friendly)