Easy Ways to be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

Photo by Gem & Lauris RK on Unsplash

No matter whether you actively try to be eco-friendly or not, it’s much harder to maintain being green while you’re traveling. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint while you travel, it’s really easy with these simple steps!

View this post on Instagram

Aruba goes green! Before we left for Aruba, I had read a bit about how the island was investing in renewable energy and trying to minimize its use of single-use plastics. ⁣#visitaruba⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ~~⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ While we were there I saw a couple of spots where these initiatives were put into action. This is the edge of the Arikok National Park where there is a small wind farm. I saw solar panels at the airport and on a couple of hotels. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ For small islands like Aruba it can be so powerful to invest in renewable energy because they have these renewable sources – wind, sun, and wave power – so readily available. #solarenergy #windenergy⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ~~⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ I'm curious what everyone here thinks about renewables. Do you think renewable energy is important in the overall environmental debate going forward? My husband and I have discussed putting solar on our house and we still might, would you be interested in doing something similar or do you prefer to see energy companies make the investment? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ ph: @jeremymsloane⁣⁣⁣⁣⠀ .⁣⁣⠀ .⁣⁣⠀ .⁣⁣⠀ .⁣⁣⠀ ⁣#windmills #aruba #onehappyisland #arikoknationalpark #shewhowanders #theconstantlycurious #sustainableenergy #findhomeonearth #sustainableliving #consciousliving #sustainabletravel #ecotravel #responsibletravel #sustainabletourism #ethicaltravel #travelwithpurpose #ourplanetourhome #mindfultravel #conscioustravel #lovetheplanet #greentravel #responsibletourism #responsibletraveller #responsibletraveler #thisissustainable #capturethechange #girlswhotravel

A post shared by Kristin Anthony (@consciouswanderings) on

Before You Leave

Even before you make it to your destination, there are easy ways that you can reduce your energy consumption at home. First of all, turn down your thermostat or have it completely off. This will greatly reduce your energy consumption and save you money on your energy bill! Also, unplug big electronics like washers and dryers, the TV, toaster oven, and more.


While you’re traveling, make sure to bring reusable items such as a tote bag for shopping and a water bottle for drinking. This will save you money since you won’t have to buy a new bottle every day, and by having a tote bag, you can comfortably carry around your things and new gifts.

Eat Locally

A lot of waste comes from food delivery, so when you’re somewhere new, try to go to places that source their ingredients from local sources! You’ll not only get a better idea of the place you’re visiting, you’ll be getting the freshest food possible.