More and more people are consciously trying to lead an environmentally friendly life all over the world, including in India. But did you know you can do your bit towards the environment by ensuring that your vacation is eco-friendly too? You can actually enjoy a vacation that is comforting and exciting, and yet sustainable.

Nature makes our vacation more pleasurable without any surcharge. In simple terms, an eco-friendly vacation is where you do not create any disturbance to local culture and the sylvan nature at your destination. So how exactly do you go about planning an eco-friendly vacation? Here are seven ways to get you started.

1.Your Eco-friendly vacation starts before you leave your home.

When you are on vacation, one of your major concerns maybe your house getting robbed. Many people think that keeping up the pretense that someone is at home will scare the burglars away. If you want to do this, ensure that your lights are on a timer – no use wasting electricity throughout the day. You should also check your air-conditioners and turn the main switch off before leaving. Open your refrigerator and get rid of all the items that would go bad by the time you come back, compost them if you can. If you are someone who gets a newspaper or a magazine delivered, tell your delivery guys to stop the subscription for a while.

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Ensure you switch off all lights before leaving

2.Select eco-friendly transportation.

Out of all the different modes of transport available to you, air travel is the most harmful to the environment. We understand that there are some destinations where you cannot travel by train or car, and you have no choice but to take the airplane. In such cases, choose an airline company that is contributing towards making the earth healthier again. Trains are perhaps the most eco-friendly transport method on offer for you. So if you don’t mind spending a bit more time traveling, choose this method over the others.

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Train travel gives you the opportunity to enjoy the natural surroundings.

3.Choose green accommodations wherever possible

When you are booking hotels at your destination, choose a green hotel. Most hotels boast about what they do to reduce their impact on the environment on their website, so be sure to have a look there. An eco-friendly hotel does its best to control carbon emissions, has several recycling procedures in place, and creates less waste. Some of these hotels also give you tips on reducing environmental impact while you are staying with them.

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Make sure your hotel is eco-friendly

4.Always try to use public transportation

The ideal way to travel during an eco-friendly vacation is on foot or by bike. Not only does it help the environment, but it helps in keeping you fit too. But there are some places that are too far, in such cases, public transportation is your best option. Try to avoid rented cars and rickshaws whenever you can – they create a larger carbon footprint.

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5.Buy locally sourced goods and products.

Boosting the local economy is one of the major elements of an eco-friendly vacation. Whenever you are buying anything on vacation, be it vegetables, fruits, or souvenirs, ensure that you are buying from local vendors and artists. By doing so, you are strengthening the local economy. You are also reducing the carbon footprint because the item is not packaged and shipped from somewhere else.

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Live like a local by buying things from a local vendor.

6.Respect the rules and guidelines of the places that you visit.

No matter where you go on vacation, it is important that you strictly follow the rules and guidelines mentioned. The main purpose of these guidelines is to ensure your safety. So see to it that your respect the rules and follow them. For example, when you are hiking, do not wander away from the marked trails or litter outdoors.

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Follow the country’s guidelines

7.Spread the awareness of green living wherever you go.

Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean it is ok for you to litter or forget about your eco-friendly ways. Find out what the locals are doing to clean the environment, and if possible, volunteer your services. It can be something as simple as donating some money or you can even choose to head out to the beach and participate in cleaning drives. Taking some time off vacation and joining such a cause will make you feel good about yourself. And the locals will definitely appreciate your efforts!

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Coming together to clean the beach will make the entire process faster

Every single time you go on a vacation, you come back feeling rejuvenated. Going on an eco-friendly vacation lets you enjoy this enriching experience while giving something back to the environment as well. If more people start going on such vacations, the world will truly change for the better – lead the way!