When I travel I like to travel as light as possible (this can be a challenge with the photography equipment), it gives me the opportunity to buy local products and gifts to take back home. In the 21st century it is also important to be a responsible, ethical and a sustainable traveler. Read on to discover how I do this and how you can too, with my Top Travel Tips For The 21st Century Traveler.
Traveling In Peru ©MDHarding
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How To Be A Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Traveler
Did you know that some suitcases can weigh a hefty amount? Although they have gotten a lot lighter in recent years it is something to be aware of and look out for when investing in your dream luggage. Save weight for your travel essentials with a light weight suitcase or bag! This can be a game changer if your traveling on a budget airline.
I love to travel with my Cabin zero luggage. It is lightweight, comes with a traceable tag, waterproof and comfortable to carry. Here's what happened when I traveled with my Cabin Zero luggage to India.
Getting Ready to Board A Flight ©MDHarding
Some clothes like denims can weigh a lot too. Why not go with denim look a like equivalent to save on the weight and take up less space. Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? This is where you take a few items that you can pair together and dress up with accessories. My wardrobe normally has a few colourful tops paired with neutral colored bottoms. Craghoppers does a great range of travel clothing and accessories. Did you know they even have built in mosquito repellent too?
Chitwan National Park, Nepal ©MDHarding
We all love our own toiletries but it's crazy to pay for more expensive small sized flight options. Why not either buy your favorite big bottle that lasts much longer and saves on plastic and pour into one of the bottles in your travel toiletry kit? Or perhaps you would like to try making you own with natural essential oils, that are also environmental friendly. More coming on natural travel products and workshops soon!
Check what the hotel environmental policies are, some mention about the towels and bed linen. Also do they help the local community in some way or donate to a local charity? The little bottles of shampoo etc are lovely and when you have forgotten something much appreciated but once finished these little bottles all mount up! I love staying at a hotel or on board the cruise ship where it has a large container fitted to the wall filled with an all in one shampoo and body wash.
We had an amazing stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. The food was delicious with authentic cuisine including ceviche and the national Peruvian drink Pisco Sour. Located in beautiful surroundings with nature walks and hummingbirds. It was truly heaven on earth. Ideally located to visit the ancient Inca site - Machu Picchu.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru ©MDHarding
Did you know you can off set your flying when booking your flight? Also many airline's now also donate to charities. So, if you have any leftover change in a foreign currency you might like to donate?
Earlier this year British Airways launched it's partnership with comic relief, supporting underprivileged children in the UK and around the world.
Some activities sound a lot of fun but they are not, for the animals that are involved! Look out for ethical sanctuaries. If you are going to undertake a volunteer trip please do your research. Some of the organisations are not registered and do not vet participants, this can leave you and also the people/animals you would like to help in a vulnerable situation or make the matter worse.
Don't forget to Pack The Essentials!
For me these include:
I hope you enjoyed reading and inspired to get ready for your next adventure! As always, I am happy to answer any questions and read any comments you have. Drop me an email here.
Until next time ....Happy Travels:) x
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