A sustainable adventure in 5 easy steps
You already know that traveling by train is better for our planet than flying, but here are 5 more ways to reduce your carbon footprint while you’re on your Eurail trip and help preserve the beauty of the countries you’re exploring for the next generation.
Go digital where possible
The first step to sustainable travel is being aware of your impact. Instead of printing out your itinerary or your hotel details, try and save everything to your phone instead. Going digital saves a lot of energy, ink and paper, and that way you won’t have a pile of documents to shred at the end of your trip.
Opt for reusables
Opting for reusable alternatives is one of the easiest ways to travel sustainably. Bring a reusable cutlery kit, or ask your Airbnb host if you can borrow cutlery and crockery to avoid plastic waste when traveling. Since most plastic water bottles go straight to landfill, investing in a reusable water bottle is a greener choice. It is not only easy to refill and reuse, but it is saving you a ton of money in the long run. Lastly, ditch the straw or bring your own. There are a ton of alternatives to plastic straws; bamboo, stainless steel, glass, paper and even straws made from pasta! We like bamboo or steel – they’re easier to use, clean and travel with.
Walk, cycle or take a regional train
Traveling often includes various modes of transport, and two of the most underrated ways of getting around include walking and cycling. Not only is strolling through the area you’re visiting a beautiful way to experience it like a local, but you’re getting some exercise and reducing your carbon footprint over taking a taxi. Many European cities offer cycle lanes and it’s a fun way to get around.
Choose reef safe sunscreen
Did you know that in 2016, Hawaii became the first US state to ban sunscreen? Researchers discovered that sunscreen often contains oxybenzone and octinoxate; two common chemicals which are damaging to marine life. Due to climate change, pollution and other environmental factors, coral reefs are deteriorating. This is a huge threat to our oceans and marine life. To reduce the impact of further coral damage, investing in reef safe sunscreen is a healthier replacement for both you and the ocean. Simply apply as you would a normal sunscreen and protect yourself from the sun’s rays by wearing UPF clothing.
Eat like a local
Not only is eating local a brilliant way to get acquainted with the culture, it’s also a great way to save money while traveling. Most cities offer various wine and walking tours or cooking classes hosted by locals. Find a local market to try street food and homemade treats straight from the people who made them. Just remember to bring your reusable bag!