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How to Be a Sustainable Traveler

1. Bring only the necessary tools

Taking with you a lot of additional tools also mean producing more waste. So be sure you only carry what’s important. Pack only the right amount of clothes, shoes, and other necessities. If you’re a handyman, be sure to bring the six things in https://lifebeyondnumbers.com/6-items-your-emergency-diy-toolkit-must-contain/.

2. Clean up your waste

A sustainable traveler also knows how to minimize waste and pollution. If you’re going to visit the beach, make sure you don’t add litter. In fact, it’s best if you would minimize the waste around you. Use reusable water bottles and say no to plastic bags and straws. Save the environment one plastic at a time. If you do your research about how to reuse non-biodegradable things, I’m sure you’ll find out how to properly recycle. Also, study about how you should correctly dispose of waste. Once you get used to it, you can bring that character wherever you are in the world. You can even ask the locals about how they get rid of their waste.

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If possible, don’t use a private car. Use public transportation, ride a bike, or rent a biodiesel, fuel-efficient, or hybrid-electric car. If you can reach your destination by foot, do so. Walking can minimize air pollution. Support airlines that are concerned with taking care of the environment too. Some airlines like the United Airlines has a program to utilize fuels and decrease fuel consumption like the use of new planes.

3. Conserve natural environment

Wherever you are, make sure you don’t waste water, especially in areas where there’s water crisis. Don’t ruin tree barks and spend your money to support conservation activities and efforts. Make your travel as eco-friendly as you can. Take responsibility for your actions too.

4. Preserve and respect cultures

Traveling is an excellent opportunity to get to know more about other cultures. Travelers must also try to preserve such cultures. So, if you want to be a sustainable traveler, respect and celebrate traditions the right way. Study about the cultural norms such as the language, food etiquette, dress code, as well as general behavior.

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Take note that some gestures could have different meanings in different cultures. Do your research about whether the signs you know (especially hand signs) are appropriate or not before you visit a country. Don’t be ignorant! Be in your best behavior when you visit cultural and religious sites too. And don’t touch anything especially if they are ancient. You wouldn’t want to ruin a part of their history, right? Learn how to respect others’ culture, and you can be a sustainable traveler.

5. Give back

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Lastly, make sure you give back to nature. Nature has given us all the essential things we need to survive daily from water to food to a safe shelter. So there’s no reason not to give back. While traveling, you could work as a volunteer. You can plant trees, donate supplies, clean up parks or other sites, take care of animals, so on and so forth. If you sincerely want to help the planet, I’m sure you can find a volunteer group you can be interested in. If you can’t do physically demanding jobs, then perhaps you can support local nonprofits so that they can fund projects that can help the environment or fight human welfare issues. If there’s a will, there’s definitely a way.

Happy sustainable traveling!

5 of the Best Apps for Your Adventures in South America

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson

Whether you are planning a trip to Chile for less or a series of adventures in South America, here are some of the best apps that will help you make the most of your journey.

1. AllSubway
::: Android, iOS
AllSubway helps you navigate the subway systems in cities like Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, Medellin, Rio De Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, and Sao Paulo. You can find subway maps which you can access offline to make it easier to find your way around.
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2. ATM Hunter
::: Android, iOS
Looking for an ATM to withdraw some much-needed cash? ATM Hunter helps you find a machine nearest you.

3. Google Maps
::: Android, iOS
From maps to transit directions to points of interest in various locations near you, Google Maps makes it easier for you to navigate your way around cities across the globe.

4. Google Translate
::: Android, iOS
Can’t speak or read the language? No problem. Google Translate is a free translation app that you can use anytime even offline.

5. Tappsi
::: Android, iOS
Tappsi is an app that you can use to hail safe cabs more easily and conveniently in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

6 Environmentally Friendly Ways to Travel

Green living encompasses all areas of life. And sustainable travel is one of the challenges many who want to do right by the environment have to deal with at some point. Whether you are a frequent traveler or someone thinking of starting out on your own travel adventures, here are some of the environmentally friendly ways to travel that you can do to help ease the strain on the planet.

1. Pick your destination well. If you are like most people, you probably have a dream destination. And that place may be somewhere on the other side of the world. But if it is not your dream trip you are planning for, you may want to consider finding a destination much closer to home. You might be surprised with how many places worth exploring you will find without hopping on a plane.

2. Choose the most eco-friendly way to travel. Explore the transportation options available. Choose overland travel, if possible. You can either drive or ride the bus or travel by train to get there. If flying is the best option, look for the greenest airlines and aircrafts you can find.

3. Opt for green transport for getting around. Use public transportation, bike, or walk to get around. You can also explore other options like ridesharing. If you have to rent a car, go for environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles.

4. Stay in a sustainable accommodation. A growing number of accommodation booking sites provide information and lists of eco-friendly places to stay from around the world. The use of solar energy, sustainable water and waste treatment system, and other environmentally friendly services are among the things to consider when selecting an accommodation.

5. Choose sustainable tour operators. Choose local tour operators that focus on sustainable travel. Support local eco-tourism programs. Sign up for tours with eco-conscious travel companies that understand the impact of tours on communities and the environment.

6. Respect the environment. Be a responsible traveler by doing whatever you can to minimize your impact. Follow the leave no trace principle. Bring whatever little trash you may have with you instead of throwing it away on paths and trails. Stick to designated trails when going for a walk or a hike. Watch the wildlife from a distance. Visit reputable animal sanctuaries and avoid taking part in practices that are potentially harmful to the animals.