By now I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about my China trip. (But oh my gosh, I went to China!!!)
Having never been to China before (and being slightly neurotic), I researched to make sure I was totally prepared. But as they say, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Ultimately I was not prepared for everything, and so I’ve made this guide about things you didn’t know you needed to know when traveling to China!
Monday I depart for China!
I am super-duper, over the moon, completely stoked to go! Except, I’ve still got a bit of flight anxiety. And it’s not my usual flight anxiety; it’s the I-don't-want-to-die-of-a-blood-clot-on-board kind of anxiety. (Basically if there’s even the tiniest thing to worry about my brain makes sure I do.) So this week I’ve been researching and brainstorming ways to stay healthy while on my long haul flight, and I’m now sharing them with you!
It’s October! And you know what that means…
And you know what really scares me?
Poor segue aside, overtourism genuinely scares me. To me, travel done right is an almost perfect industry. People visit destinations because of their beauty and charm. The most popular travel pics on Instagram aren’t photos of polluted or overcrowded destinations, they are of pristine water, clean mountains, colorful cities. The more polluted the destinations are the less people want to visit them.
And that’s why tourism is incredibly important.
Tourism makes it in the destination’s best interest to preserve and protect. Well-preserved areas mean more tourists. More tourists mean more money. But sometimes areas get to be too popular. And no matter how destinations try to accommodate more and more tourists, there is a physical limit to how many people can fit in an area.
Cities can fill to their maximum capacity just from the local population. But when tourists arrive, cities can be pushed to their limits. Overtourism has gotten so bad in some places that locals have protested!
It is our responsibility as sustainable travelers to make sure we don’t contribute to overtourism or damaging ecosystems. Here are a few ways we can help combat overtourism.
Last week was amazing.
I already miss the beach. The soothing salt water, the prodigious wildlife, the fresh-caught seafood. But I’m not here to complain about missing St. Pete Beach, I’m here to talk about sustainable beach vacations.
To be honest, when I think of sustainable vacations, beach getaways don’t jump to mind. Too many resorts and hotels proliferate in overdeveloped areas, and too many are built without respecting the environment.
Fortunately, there are ways to make your next beach trip more sustainable! While I didn’t follow all of these tips on my own trip (sorry, camping), I know they’ll help “green” your next beach vacation!
Is there anything more American than the road trip? We’ve literally got a song about a highway (Route 66)! Numerous road trip themed Instagram accounts exist, and some people (some exceedingly rich people) collect cars as a hobby!
Americans love their cars.
Unfortunately, this obsession with cars has taken its toll on our planet. Carbon emissions from transportation (which includes cars, trains, planes, etc.) make up about 27% of our total emissions in the US. But despite the staggering number of cars in the US, and their emissions, it is still more eco-friendly to take a road trip than to fly somewhere—provided there are at least two people in the car.
I am not immune to the romance of the road, and I went on my own road trip this past week. My aim was to make my trip as eco-friendly as possible. So are five tips I used that will help make your next road trip more sustainable!