Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Us free-spirits need to get away and explore, but with COVID lockdowns, it's been pretty tough lately. With road trip trends on the rise, we're embracing the idea of discovering the beauty right here in the US. With all the diverse cities and nature within our reach, getting away for a little reprieve isn't completely out of the question.
Tip #1 - PACK LIGHT
I know it’s easier said than done, but one of the best ways to do this is to pick a few neutral staple pieces you can mix and match such as a pair or two of pants, a few simple tees, and a jacket or two. Another great way to get new looks with the same items is to check out reversible pieces like @spliceclothing makes.
Packing light will not only save you time, money, and energy, but it will also save water on laundry and save on fuel emissions by having less weight on your form on transport.
Tip #2 - REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Buying plastic water bottles is one of the most wasteful things (plastic, Ugh!!) so bring along a reusable water bottle made from stainless steel or even collapsible ones from @quebottle
If you’re traveling somewhere with poor water quality, get some purifying tabs to toss into your reusable bottle or invest in a @rovingblue pen!💧
Tip #3 - TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR... WALK!
This is the best way to truly see the local vibes and discover awesome hidden gems! If you can avoid renting a car or hiring a private driver, it will reduce the amount of fuel per passenger and give you an authentic experience!
Tip # 4 - Sport some sustainable brands!
Let's face it - sustainability versus fast fashion are huge buzz words nowadays. We're not complaining though! Glad to see there is more and more education and responsibility behind brands and how their products are being made. To help make an impact and do our part as consumers, you can purchase items you need from eco-friendly brands! As long as the demand is there, companies will continue to still spend the extra dollar on eco-friendly fabric, production, packaging and shipping because us consumers are showing up to say we care.
Tip #5 - Do your research!
Unfortunately not all tourist activities are great for the environment - in fact, quite the opposite. Tourist attractions can lead to increased pollution, and natural habitat loss, to name a few. So research the activity you plan to do and make sure the tourism company you're working with is responsible in how they operate. Do they treat their animals well? Do they recycle? How much fuel and waste is required for the activities they host?
Last but not least, a great eco-friendly way to travel is to shop locally and eat locally! Do your research to see what nearby markets are open or what farm to table restaurants are available. This helps because no one has to drive goods across the country to get there. Not only does this allow you to try the local cuisine, but by buying fresh fruits and veggies that are in season, you're supporting the livelihood of the vendors as well as the local economy of where you’re visiting.