This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Nature Conservancy. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of the things I love about travel (and I bet you do, too), is experiencing the local wildlife. There’s nothing quite like seeing a whale breaching or dolphins frolicking alongside you to make a magical travel memory. However, with more and more people traveling, protecting the environment and its wildlife has become a real concern.
In December, I had the opportunity to visit an eco-friendly destination in Mexico. While conservation of the environment has always been one of my core values, traveling to this remote destination in Mexico that relies on eco-tourism started me thinking, what can I (we), do to travel greener?
I did some internet research and found The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a group of dedicated scientists, leaders, and committed citizens, that began more than 65 years ago. TNC focuses on areas where science shows they can have the greatest impact. Download their free e-guide The Everyday Sustainability Guide — seven easy ways to contribute to a cleaner, greener planet.
Of course, the tip that spoke to me was about sustainable travel. An easy way to travel greener and leave less of a carbon footprint is to fly less frequently and if you do fly, minimize the number of connections. Hey, I’m all for fewer connections. That’s easy!
Aside from less air time, a great tip is to staycation, or take a road trip close to home. I live in Texas, a huge state, so there is plenty to see and do. Even in my home town of Dallas, a day out in the neighborhood often results in some pretty great experiences, like finding an authentic Italian gelateria! Now, every time I go there, I imagine I’m in Rome. How’s that for cutting back on air travel!
Other great ways to travel around–– biking, hiking, and train travel. Depending on the route, the best part about train travel is, you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. I’m a huge fan of train travel and wish it was more accessible in the USA.
Another tip while you’re traveling: be sure to unplug all your small appliances and electronics you’ve left behind at home. They drain more power than you’d imagine. As a bonus, your electric bill will be smaller, too!
If you’re still reading this I know that you too care about our planet and want to do something to make it a better place for all. One baby step by all of us today makes for one giant step towards a better future.
Won’t you join me? Download the Everyday Sustainability Guide and begin today.