How to be an eco-friendly traveler?

There’s a long list of things we need to consider while planning a trip: our budget, our itinerary, what to pack, the must-see attractions, safety measures, and if we want to do it solo or bring along a travel buddy!

how to be an eco-friendly traveler

Wait! What about the Earth? Shouldn’t it be considered?

Something to keep in the back of our minds while planning our future trips is how much will they cost the Earth!

Nowadays, a lot of CO2 emissions come from the way we travel: cars, buses, airplanes – aviation in itself is responsible for 12% of the CO2 emissions from transport sources – it all affects the health of our planet.

Our actions matter more than we think! That’s why they should reflect an environmental consciousness in order for us to mitigate our carbon footprint.

We pose you the question: are you ready to take the necessary steps to become an eco-friendly traveler?

Here are some of our ‘green tips’ to help you become a more environmentally conscious traveler:

  • Travel on land – when possible, avoid taking unnecessary flights, take trains instead. Trust us, you’ll gain patience and a new sense of space!
  • Do it in smaller packs – smaller groups will have less of an impact for the climate.
  • Pack smarter, bring less – abstain from plastic bags at all costs! You don’t want them to end on our oceans! Plus: less luggage = less hurdle.
  • Treat your Airbnb as if it was your home – be cautious of electricity consumption and water usage.
  • Use public transportation – we know how practical Uber can be but taking a bus not only costs you less but it benefits the planet.
  • Choose your destination wisely – find places that aren’t overpopulated by tourism. Explore the unknown and give the ‘trendy’ places a break.

Quick research lets you find all sorts of resources and tips ahead of your trip. For instance, take the ICAO Carbon Emissions, it helps you estimate how much carbon emissions your trip will cost.

“We have not inherited the land from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children.”

We often believe, a small step is not enough in the great scheme of things, but every single step you take towards the future of our planet counts! After all, the Earth is the only home we have. Think and act green every step of the way!

If you have any other tips how to be an eco-friendly traveler, share them with us! We would love to know!

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.