World Environment Day 2022: 3 simple ways to offset your carbon footprint while travelling

Start your journey to adopting conscious travel practices this World Environment Day.

Mindful, sustainable travel is the way forward.
Mindful, sustainable travel is the way forward. Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Deriabina.

Focussed on raising awareness on environmental emergencies and hazards since its inception in 1972, the World Environment Day calls for collective, transformative actions on a global scale. This year, it will be celebrated on June 5, Sunday, with an overarching theme of ‘Only one Earth’.

Thanks to such reminders, travellers around the world have begun adopting conscious travel practices that have a lower impact on the environment. While there are endless ways to cutting down on your carbon emissions, making it seem like a daunting task, we bring to you, simpler, cleaner ways to offset your carbon footprint on your next adventure.

3 ways to offset carbon footprint on World Environment Day 2022

Go green

Book flights with 'green' airlines.
Book flights with ‘green’ airlines. Image: Shutterstock/Yalcin Sonat.

While travelling by coach, bus, or car means reduces environmental impact to a great deal, there are destinations that can’t be reached without flying. In unavoidable scenarios, book direct flights with an airline that is dedicated to making a difference. You can go a step ahead, and make your bookings on one of those third-party sites that display less-harmful flight options, like Skyscanner that considers flight distance, seating capacity, and cruising time etc. to gauge the impact and marks better conscious options with a green leaf! Glooby, another travel search engine, compares flights and hotels for more sustainable trips.

Pack light

Travelling light is quite impactful on carbon emissions.
Travelling light is quite impactful on carbon emissions. Image: Shutterstock/Abeer Sadiq.

Decided on what to pack and what to leave doesn’t just affect your travel wardrobe. Your extra pair of shoes or two more dresses that you might need ‘just in case’ can mean higher carbon emissions than you must have thought! In simple language, the more the luggage, the heavier the aircraft and the more fuel required. Hence, bigger carbon footprint. Find ways to pack light, repeat your clothes if possible, and use miniature refillable containers for toiletries.

Eat local

Stick to eating at local restaurants and buying from local street food vendors.
Stick to eating at local restaurants and buying from local street food vendors. Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com.

Food can make or break a vacation. And nothing compares to tucking into fresh, regional fare as you enjoy local flavours and ingredients. Eating local foods not just brings refreshing new tastes to your table, but also offers an opportunity to actively eliminate the distance that ingredients have to travel. It also supports local farmers, helps local economy, and bring your carbon footprint down to a significant level.

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