As Al Gore leaves his Brisbane hotel in a jet plane with a plastic bottle of water in hand, Karoline Gore (who isn’t related to Al Gore) enlightens us with these wonderful tips. Let’s hope we all follow Karoline’s tips rather than Al Gore’s example.

Top Tips on Being an Eco-friendly Traveller

Research carried out by global bank HSBC has revealed that, among the developed countries, Australia is one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. There have already been signs of global cooling, resulting in lower sea levels and failing crops. In short, we need to find ways of living more sustainably. When it comes to travel, whether day-to-day or international, there are several ways of reducing your carbon footprint and helping to protect the planet.

Opt for eco-friendly transport

So often in day-to-day life, it can be tempting to take the most convenient or popular option. However, it is important to recognise the power we have as individuals to make decisions that can improve our own lives and those around us. Take transport, for example. Rather than driving to work or the shops, you can choose to be more eco-friendly by walking or cycling. Meanwhile, going by rail is the most eco-friendly form of public transport, with passenger rail contributing to less than 2.6% of Australia’s transport-related gas emissions. If driving really is the only option, lower the carbon emissions by giving others a lift. The fewer cars on the road, the lower the carbon footprint, which is of course good news when it comes to protecting the planet.

Go green with accommodation

Around the world, the hotel industry alone contributes to 1% of global gas emissions. This calls to mind the need for more hotels and lodges to prioritize sustainability. Well known brands such as the Hilton Group have started to focus on being more eco-friendly, installing water flow restrictors on shower heads and making toilets dual-flush, for example. Before booking anywhere, find out how much importance the accommodation places on sustainability.

Limit your use of plastic

If things continue as they are, plastic will outnumber fish in the oceans by 2050. It is easy to accumulate and throw away plastic when you are on the go; however, it is just as easy to minimize your use of it. Plan ahead by taking reusable flasks or bottles out and about with you. When it comes to carrying items or going out shopping, use sustainable, fabric bags. These are durable and light, with many designed to be rolled up small when not in use.

Responsible travel feels good

Not only is it important to play your part in promoting sustainable travel, but you will no doubt realize that it makes you feel good. Through some prior planning and responsible choices, you can still have fun travelling while protecting the environment. Better yet, you can lead by example and encourage others to do the same.