10 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Travels More Sustainable

Travel is such an enriching experience for most of us and it has never been easier for people to travel and discover destinations around the world. However with such an increase in tourism it’s more important than ever that we pay attention to sustainable tourism and making our travels more eco-friendly. Here are 10 simple tips:

sustainable travel tips

  1. Research local sustainable issues

Different destinations deal with different environmental issues. Research beforehand what are the key ones to help you be extra aware of them during your travels as well as seeing if there is any small thing you can do to help.

  1. Eat locally grown produce

Small owned restaurants that focus on locally grown produce in season are not only great for supporting local businesses but are also a great way to experience the culture and taste delicious food.

  1. Buy locally made souvenirs from local crafters

Avoid the mass marketed knick-knacks that are mostly imported from abroad and rarely actually come in use for anyone. Instead, if you want to bring something back for friends or family, focus on local crafts that help tell a story.

Never buy wildlife products as this will only just help boost this black market.

  1. Focus on sustainable transport where possible

Where possible, try to rent a bike, walk or take public transport rather than renting a car or taxis.

  1. Book sustainable accommodation

There is an increase number of stylish and affordable eco-friendly hotels and hostels around the world, as well as apartment or room rental websites which makes it so much easier to live sustainably while abroad.

  1. Don’t leave towels on the floor

If staying in a hotel, remember to hang the towels after shower as that’s the universal sign that you would like to reuse them rather than have them washed daily.

  1. Bring a refillable water bottle and skip straws

When travelling you might be tempted to buy plastic bottles of water, bring a refillable water bottle and skip straws offered in restaurant or bars.

  1. Avoid taking paper tourist info

Instead of taking too many paper maps, brochures or other tourist info pamphlets, download apps on your phone with all the necessary info such as offline maps.

  1. If shopping, bring your own reusable bag or backpack

Bring a reusable bag or backpack when shopping to avoid having to take plastic bags from sellers. Any trash you might accumulate while out, hold onto it till you find somewhere to recycle.

  1. Research your tour operators

If you are hiring any tour operators, make sure their practices are environmentally friendly and they help make a positive difference to the people, the wildlife and the environment.

 

10 Eco- Friendly Ways to Detox & Relax at Home

Sometimes work can get pretty crazy busy and when that happens we tend to forget to spend some time on ourselves but if we don’t, we risk to burn out. Here are 10 ways you can detox and relax at home.

eco friendly way to detox and relax

  1. Meditation

Put some comfortable clothes, light some incense sticks or your favourite scented candle and spend a few minutes when you get home after work to try to meditate and relieve yourself from the stress of the day before doing anything else.

  1. Stretch

Stretching after a long day at work can make your body feel “alive” again especially after spending the whole day at a desk staring at a computer screen. Try some yoga, stretching, dancing or just having a walk outside.

  1. Read something inspiring

Avoid opening your computer or starting to check your email again as soon as you get home from work and instead pick a book that inspires you and that can help take your mind off work-related things.

  1. Turn off your phone

A hard one to do, but try to turn off your phone as much as you can, as often as possible, when you’re at home to avoid the temptation of checking messages, emails, or even social media updates.

  1. Beauty pamper

A mini home spa such as a nice face mask, foot spa, accompanied by a glass of wine can do wonders to relieve stress.

  1. Avoid processed or (bad) fatty foods

Although having “junk food” might seem like a great idea when you’ve had a bad day, it will only make your body feel worse soon after. Instead focus on healthy meals that you enjoy. Fruits, fresh veggies, dark chocolate, grains are full of nutrients that give you more energy and help fight depression.

  1. Creative offline hobbies

Another great way to avoid connecting again to the internet is finding an offline hobby you enjoy. This could be anything from painting, gardening, crafting or just doing a puzzle.

  1. Put some clean bedding & PJs

There’s something about fresh and clean smelling bedding that instantly gives you that cosy feeling and helps you have a better night sleep.

9. Keep your place smelling fresh

Certain odours can change your mood. Open the windows to get in some fresh air and have some beautiful smelling flowers and plants around the house.

Similarly, you can try some aromatherapy by dripping some essential oils in your palms such as lavender or tea tree and then taking a deep breath.

10. Have a friend over

If you’ve had a particular hard day at work, there’s nothing better than having your best friend over to have a relaxing evening together, talk it over, and play some board games. We all can feel so much better after getting off our chest what bothers us.

Top 7 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

tips for vegan diet transition

Although the total number of vegans in the world is still quite low (here stats by country), there is definitely an increase in people adopting this sort of diet due to its health, environmental and wildlife benefits.

Here are our top 7 tips to help you with the transition:

  1. Gather initial info

Research existing impacts on the environment and meat production practices, watch documentaries, read blogs, and articles to better understand the reasons people have for choosing this way of life. Learn about the benefits of vegan lifestyle not only for yourself but also for the environment and the wildlife.

2. Understand where you can get your nutrients from on a plant-based diet

Find out from what products you can get the necessary nutrients on a vegan diet such as protein that you can find in tofu, spinach, nuts & seeds, and many more. Start understanding more what ingredients go into your most purchased existing products. You might be surprised that some of your favourite products are already vegan (looking at you Oreos) and for the ones that you will have to ditch such as milk, cheese, start researching vegan alternatives.

Make sure you do proper research on how to ensure you have a healthy plant based diet and if you have any medical conditions that you are concern about have a chat with a doctor and a nutritionist.

3. Identify local vegan groceries stores and brands

Vegan brands are now often stocked in traditional supermarkets which makes it much more convenient to buy everything at once with your weekly shop. There are also a lot of vegan/ vegetarian specific stores that provide a wide-range of vegan products. These stores might come in handy especially in the beginning when you’re still getting familiar with different vegan brands as you can get to see which ones you enjoy the most.

4. Find local restaurants that offer great vegan options

If this is the first time trying to adopt a vegan diet, especially if you’re switching from a omnivore diet, in the first few days you might struggle coming up with ideas for meals, so trying out dishes from different cuisines can provide some good meal inspiration as well as comfort that vegan food actually tastes good!

5. Start collecting vegan recipes from cookbooks, blogs, social media

Certain cuisines like Indian, Israeli, Thai, Chinese, Ethiopian, Italian have a wide range of meat and diary free options, although you will find that pretty much all cuisines worldwide have some vegan options. Start collecting recipes from blogs, Instagram, cookbooks and start incorporating them into your existing diet. It can be useful to have a range of recipes, from quick meals that you can put together when you don’t feel like cooking, to big pots that you can then split into individual portions for freezing.

6. Take it gradually

Sometimes going first on vegetarian before vegan might be easier if you’re shifting straight from a omnivore diet. It is usually recommended to first add more plant-based options to your diet before starting to gradually remove meat & diary.

7. Keep the motivation up

Don’t beat yourself up if it’s taking you a while to fully switch to veganism, everyone has their different speed and don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by feeling that you need to label your diet. Some people choose to do a mix of vegetarian with vegan, or pescatarian with vegan to start with and then moving from there.

Finding a partner that is also looking to switch to vegan can also make the whole journey much easier and fun as you can encourage and support each other.