It is time to rethink our habits and learn to travel in a more responsible way.
Climate change means we all have to think about our impact on the environment. In recent years, tourism has come under scrutiny. Tourism does play a role in the climate crisis, there’s no denying that. In fact, in 2018 tourism accounted for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. But you don’t have to give up traveling completely.
There are many ways to lessen your travel emissions and help make global tourism more sustainable. Read these tips from our own Peru travel experts to discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint on your next trip.
1) Avoid flying to nearby destinations: Air travel and other forms of transportation account for most of tourism’s carbon footprint. While some believe the answer is never to fly, recent events have shown that tourism plays an essential role in the global economy, with tens of millions of jobs across the world dependent on the travel sector. And so, rather than giving up flying completely, it is best to limit air travel to only those destinations that are farther away, and avoid shorter flights.
2) Book direct flights: When traveling by plane, one way to reduce your emissions is to fly as directly as possible. Non-stop flights take the most direct route and therefore require less fuel. And also, planes release the most carbon during take-off and landing. If you can’t find a direct flight, plan your route to include as few stops as possible.
3) Pack light: The heavier your luggage, the more fuel it takes to transport it by plane, bus or other methods of transport. Pack as light as possible. Choose a lightweight suitcase or backpack and think carefully about what you put in it. Pack clothing you can use multiple times and that is easy to wash as you travel. Leave larger items like camping gear at home, and rent when you arrive. That way, you’ll also be helping the local economy. Remember, lightening your luggage by just 15 pounds (less than 8 kilos) can reduce your carbon emissions by around 80 pounds on a 10-hour flight. So spread the word!
4) Slow down your vacation: We all tend to lead busy lives. So why try to do too much when we travel? A vacation should be an opportunity to get away and relax, but too often we plan trips that are even busier than our everyday lives. Slow down, take one long vacation every year instead of multiple shorter trips. Spend more time at one destination, rather than trying to visit every must-see place in the country you choose to see. You will return home refreshed and rested, and you’ll have reduced the carbon footprint of your much-needed vacation!