How To Be a Responsible Traveler
First of all, when we say ‘responsible’, we don’t mean that you are always doing things on time and never late to work. A responsible traveler realizes that we all share this beautiful little world and regardless of our differences, we’re along for the same ride. As a traveler, you can actually have a positive impact wherever you choose to live.
Ditch The Plastic Bottles
Did you know that 9 out of 10 plastic bottles end up in the garbage or litter? Also, it takes thousands of years for just one to biodegrade! Constantly buying water bottles every day is not only pretty bad for the environment but also quite costly. Instead, buy your own refillable bottles. There are also many types of inexpensive water filters and purifiers so you can have fresh clean water at home.
Instead of going to chain restaurants and fast foods over and over, try eating at local restaurants. Whether it’s a ‘mom and pop’ style diner, stylish chic eatery, or even a food truck; there’s always something to satisfy every taste bud and level of adventurousness. Why not buy your groceries at a farmer’s market? You can support small business and farmers while buying produce that’s generally fresher and healthier. It’s also a fun way to spend your weekend!
Obviously, these won’t be an option for everyone but nowadays, many cities have excellent public transportation. Instead of driving everywhere try biking instead. You can get some fresh air, stay active, and reduce your carbon footprint all at the same time. Just remember to wear a helmet! While we’ve mentioned it before, sometimes the best way to explore a new city is on foot.
Support The Community
There are many things that you can do during the weekends like going to see a movie or checking out the mall. But there is also a way to find entertainment while supporting the local area. There are a lot of community theaters that are really professional and have consistently exciting and well done shows. You can also explore the wildlife by going hiking on local trails and taking up some of the many seasonal activities that a lot of places offer.
Being a travel therapist can be an exciting career that feels like a constant vacation but let’s not forget to take care of wherever we’re living. As long as we do our best to take care of our home, everyone can enjoy it even after we’ve gone.