Traveling can be an especially tough time for me to stick to environmentally friendly habits. The break from reality not only disrupts my usual eco routine, but also feels like a hall pass to “treat myself” with convenience. Here a few tips that have helped me stay on track during my recent trip to Baja, Mexico.
- Stay at vacation rental rather than a hotel. I much prefer the unique travel experience of staying at an Airbnb or VRBO than a hotel. Renting a local’s home not only enables me to absorb the culture more, but also makes my experience feel more personal and unique. I’d much rather be exploring a local neighborhood and community than be one of the throngs of tourists huddled up by a resort pool. I also find myself to be less wasteful when I’m staying at a vacation rental. While traveling, I often prefer a quick and easy breakfast before heading out, and stocking a vacation rental’s kitchen with a few breakfast groceries really helps to avoid the single use plastic and paper that is often used to package such meals. If an indulgent breakfast is in order, I like to pack snacks or a light lunch, which can be easily assembled before heading out for the day. The cost savings can also be used to splurge more on other meals or experiences.
- Purchase your travel outfit secondhand. After hiding away in a cocoon of sweaters and jeans all winter long, I want to emerge at my summer getaway a crop top and cutoff wearing butterfly, but I don’t always have the corresponding wardrobe handy. I have my trusty Levi’s cutoffs that I’ve worn every summer for years, but I wanted something slightly etherial yet bohemian to pair with it. Instead of heading to a dreaded fast fashion store, I absolutely scored on this Zimmerman crop top at my favorite consignment store, Wasteland. I often see vacation-ready items at consignment stores, as some customers must buy items for a specific trip then sell them, so that’s a great place to start.
- Carry your beach bag with you when shopping. If I know that I’m doing some shopping on a specific day, I repurpose my beach bag as a market bag to carry all of my purchases in. This way I avoid the plastic bags that I usually end up throwing away before departing anyway.
Do you have any other tips for sustainable travel? Share them below!
These earrings were made from repurposed vintage silverware and were a gift from my boyfriend’s parents. How cool are they?
Photos by @sdrpick.