We know it’s hard to choose a transport method that gets you to your holiday in the most efficient, cost-friendly but also sustainable way. Most holiday destinations can only be reached via flying which is generally very bad for our environment. That is why we have put together a list of “responsible transportation” options for you that allow you to travel more sustainably, whether it be by reducing your carbon footprint of flying or choosing a different option all together.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: flying. If you can, then avoid flying to your holiday destination. But if it’s not possible for you, then here are some things you can do:
Offset your carbon emissions
Offsetting your carbon is “carbon pricing” for the individual which means you pay a fee for the carbon footprint your flight produces. Carbon offsets can have a great deal of benefits, as the companies work together with communities to clean rivers, plant trees, and invest in clean energy.
Here are two of our favorite carbon offset programs:
Get economy class and pack lightly
Yes, flying economy class is better than flying business class. Why? Simply because business class takes up much more physical space while economy class carries more people in the same amount of space. Besides, make sure to pack lightly if you can because a heavy suitcase will make the airplane use more fuel than a light backpack.
Did you know that there are now airports implementing more sustainability? We put together some information about Brussels Airport for you!responsible airports
Trains are becoming an alternative to flying in many places but especially here in Europe! Europe has an amazing interconnected system of this specific transportation method.
“When you fly, your body travels faster than your mind. You don’t have that when traveling by train. You slowly adapt to your changing environment. This is really traveling.”, Saskia Griep – Better Places
Check out this article by Better Places: More trains, less flying
3. Public transport
When traveling inside of a city, consider taking the subway, tram or bus. Each will differ on how they function, so it is important to take some time prior to heading to your destination to go through how they operate.
We put together a list of things to consider regarding public transport:
Study the city’s system
Research which tickets and passes are required
Get a map of the city
Observe the locals and how they operate with the systems
Watch out for peak hours
Pay attention to the signs and rules
- Fly Green. (September 27, 2018). 8 Easy Ways to Travel Eco-friendly. https://flygrn.com/blog/8-easy-ways-to-travel-eco-friendly
- Andester, N. (May 24, 2019). Carbon Offsetting Companies Compared. ethical.net. https://ethical.net/climate-crisis/carbon-offsetting-companies-compared/