Traveling long-distances is not good for the planet or environment. It’s especially not an ideal time to travel as we’re going through a pandemic. Most experts agree that to undergo a Comeback from Pandemic Crisis for businesses and individuals, people shouldn’t be traveling. However, if one needs to travel, stay safe. Practice social distancing and wear masks.
While traveling, it’s also important to care for the environment. According to recent reports, taking a flight from one coast to the other creates a warming effect that is equal to emissions of up to three tons of carbon dioxide per individual on the flight.
For the average American, that is around 10% to 15% of your yearly carbon footprint for a single six to seven-hour flight. If you care about the plant and environment, now is the time to change the way you travel. From investing in a solar power battery to using more eco-friendly modes of transportation, there are several ways you can reduce your environmental impact.
The Impact and Consequences of Certain Travel Decisions
The airline industry makes up about 2.5% of all global carbon emissions. However, this is not the only contributor to the travel industry to resource depletion and climate change. The beverages you drink, the food you eat, and the equipment used for carrying things all add up. So do the buses and cars you ride in, the electricity used at your hotel, and the vendors you choose to buy from. If you care about the planet's future, reducing your impact on the environment when traveling anywhere, including to California, is a must.
Packing light is essential. Unfortunately, for some travelers, it is also easier said than done.
Thrifty packers can avoid baggage fees (which can be up to $50 per bag). They also do not require someone to move their stuff from one location to another. Also, with less stuff being taken, travelers are much less likely to lose important items. If you pack light, you are also doing something good for the environment. You are reducing the weight of the travel method you have selected, and it will be easier to get to your destination.
Use Reusable Bags and Second-Hand Gear
When it is time to replace your luggage or other travel items, think about buying second-hand. If you are not a regular traveler and will not need the items soon, try to borrow some bags from a friend or someone in your family. You can save a lot of money by purchasing second-hand travel gear or borrowing it from someone. This is even more efficient for infrequent travelers because you do not have to store it at home when it is not being used. If you have to buy, try to go to auction sites to find more options. You can even find refurbished luggage on Amazon and at garage sales.
Avoid Flying First Class
This may seem obvious. Some travelers have never flown first class, nor can they imagine spending the money required for a first-class ticket. However, what if you do not have to pay. If you travel often and have waited long enough, you may be able to trade in your loyalty miles or credit card rewards to cover the cost of flying first class. While this may be tempting, try to resist the temptation. Booking a first-class ticket is worse for the environment than simply flying coach. That is because passengers in first-class take up much more space in the plane's cabin and consume more while onboard. Keep in mind, everyone on your plane is headed to the same destination. You should have no problem making it through a flight in coach.
Going Green with Your Travel Plans
As you finalize your plans to travel to California, be sure to keep the tips and information here in mind. There are steps you can take to help make your travel plans greener, regardless of if you are going to California or another destination. By taking the steps here, you will not only do something good for the environment, but you will also save money. This is a win-win situation for you and the planet. Being informed will help you reduce the impact you have on the planet when traveling.
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