7 Green Travel Blogs You Should Be Following
There must be millions of blogs out there, on the world wide interwebs.
As I’ve written about before, it can be quite hard to make yourself heard in the sea of voices, as a blogger. Yet, it can be equally as difficult to seek out like-minded people, who write and post content that aligns with your own values and is above all, interesting.
As someone with a passion for sustainable tourism, I keep an eye and an ear out for others who hold similar ideals as myself. Bloggers who believe strongly in travelling with minimal impact, as they immerse themselves in local culture. Those who advocate passionately for the conservation of local wildlife and aren’t adverse to a little tree cuddling now and then. And above all, can write about their learnings and experiences with both passion and humour.
In honour of Earth Day (which was this Saturday just gone), I’ve rounded up seven of my favourite green travel blogs and have peer pressured them into providing their best tips for eco-friendly travel. (If you’re after more, check out these tips on responsible travel here).
Let’s get on with the introductions.
Erica and Sam of The Manini Experience
Inspiration struck best friends Sam and Erica, whilst hiking in Hawaii. The two decided to partner up, to form a philanthropic travel company that was keen on making an difference. And so, The Manini Experience was born!
The two friends now host tours with a difference. Participants have the opportunity to give back to the communities they are visiting, with each tour offering philanthropic activities. Their blog is also filled with plenty of good advice for the wannabe green traveller – such as highlighting these seven harmless tourist attractions that should be avoided at all costs.
Here’s their tip for travelling sustainably:
“Reduce and reuse! Eliminate waste by reducing your usage of non-reusable items. Always choose reusable when possible, especially for things that are disposed of in large quantities like straws, coffee cups, and plastic utensils.”
Erica also happens to be a professional photographer, so I highly recommend following them on Instagram.
Joy of A Jaunt With Joy
Joy and I met on Instagram a year ago and I’ve been following her blog ever since. As a wildlife biologist, she is passionate about animals and conservation and seriously has me thinking about changing my career path to one that actually aligns with my interests.
An enthusiast for life outdoors, many of Joy’s posts cover her adventures on the West Coast of America. Not to mention the various destinations that life a cruise ship staff have taken her to, which include Alaska, New Zealand and Australia. When she’s not working, she’s happily chilling out in nature, which has led to articles such as this great round up of tips for solo female hiking.
I’d expect someone with her background and passion to have some pretty good tips for travelling responsibly and as it turns out, my hunch was correct!
“One of my biggest responsible travel tips is to leave the Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel door to cut down on electricity and water your cleaner would have used.
Another tip is to buy a few stainless steel straws and carry them around in your bag. It may seem like such a little thing to do, but cutting down on the use of plastic straws (and bags) around the world can be incredibly impactful. Especially for the survival of wildlife!”
Want to keep up with Joy’s wanderings? Follow her on Instagram.
Ellie of Soul Travel Blog
If I were to sum up Ellie’s style of travel in word one, I’d say it was thoughtful.
Ellie has just returned to her native country of the United Kingdom, after months spent traversing through the continent of Asia. An advocate of yoga and mindfulness, Ellie is also a big fan of train travel, having used this method of transportation in her recent travels around India.
“There has never been a time when our choices and decisions as travellers have mattered more, and there has never been a time where we can make such a positive difference as we can now.”
2017 is rather fittingly the year of sustainable tourism. Find more tips on travelling responsibly here.
You can keep up with Ellie’s travels in real time on Facebook.
Alesha and Jarryd of Nomadasaurus
Australia’s number one adventure travel blog consists of writer Jarryd and photographer Alesha, who make a formidable team.
The two Aussies met in Canada in 2008 and kicked off their adventures together, driving across Canada and backpacking Central America. Four years ago the duo embarked on an epic overland journey, planning to make their way from Asia to Africa without flying. Their travels took them as far as Turkey over the course of two years, as they immersed themselves in local culture and had one hell of an adventure.
As long term travellers, Lesh and Jazza understand the importance of having a positive impact on the communities they encounter as they traverse around the world.
What’s their number one tip for travelling responsibly?
“Always carry a metal water bottle with you and refill it to cut down on the use of plastic. If you are travelling in a country where you can’t drink the tap water take a SteriPEN with you to sterilise the water, or buy large jugs and refill out of those. This simple act will help minimise unnecessary waste, and will go a long way to helping improve the environment in the places you visit.”
Want to read more? Here are 10 ways you too can be a responsible traveller.
Keep up with Lesh and Jazza’s ongoing adventures on Facebook.
Steph of Worldly Adventurer
Sick of seeing others of her generation bouncing across the world at a rapid pace, Steph made a pledge to travel with meaning – embracing every opportunity and adventure that came her way.
It was this decision that saw her move to Bolivia in late 2014, where she spent two years exploring the continent of South America, whilst volunteering with communities that could benefit from her combined skill-set and passion.
Steph rightly points out that volunteering isn’t actually about the individual – shock, horror, but it needs to be said. The role of a volunteer is only ever meaningful if your actions are proving to be beneficial to the community that you’ve chosen to work within.
Here’s her tip for thoughtful and responsible travel:
“Responsible travel has many different guises and a lot of people these days are seeing how volunteering can be a way of interacting more profoundly with a new country and being able to give something back.To be most effective and responsible, choose to volunteer directly with a local NGO, charity or social enterprise as this means you won’t be paying an agency middleman and you’ll probably have more control over what work you end up doing.”
If you’re contemplating stepping into the wonderful world of volunteering, have a read of Steph’s in-depth guide to volunteering in South America.
Steph recently left the continent of South America for Istanbul. See what she gets up to next on Facebook.
Katie of Feathery Travels
I am quite simply in awe of Katie.
Many of us will have expressed shock and outrage over the treatment of refugees across Europe (and the world). Katie, who is no stranger to volunteering actively went and did something about it.
I’ll let her tell you her story in her own words…
Though the “Jungle” has been evicted, refugees’ problems in Calais are far from over. With more people arriving every day, a large majority of them unaccompanied teenagers, the work of organisations such as Help Refugees, L’Auberge and Utopia 56 is essential. These grass-roots, volunteer run organisations exist purely through donations of time, goods and money. They provide the only food, warmth and support that is available to these vulnerable people who, now the camp is gone, are forced to sleep outside without any shelter at all.
After planning to help out for a week or two last July, I ended up staying until December. It’s simple to get involved and your help is desperately needed even if you can only offer one day.
Time is precious and the most valuable thing any of us have to offer. Something worth remembering.
Follow Katie on Facebook.
Josie of Josie Wanders
I’m a big fan of backyard travel and so eagerly devour pretty much anything I see written about my own country.
Josie’s blog has consistently been one of my favourites. Writing until recently from South Australia, she posts about her travels in her own state, as well as many other destinations around Oz (like our beautiful capital, which rarely gets the attention it deserves!).
Her blog is an excellent resource for those wanting to get in amongst Australia’s diverse landscape. Bushwalking in the Flinders Ranges, anyone?
And as far as responsible travel goes:
“Think about water and carry a refillable bottle. One of the biggest pollutants is plastic, and a big part of this in some parts of the world are the bottles from bottled water. A water bottle can often be refilled where you are staying for free, which saves you money too. If you have to buy water, buying it in bulk and refilling your bottle will help both with packaging and the budget.”
Josie and her husband have recently left Australia for their “gap year” (love it). Follow along on Facebook as they travel around the world.
Feeling at all inspired? I know I am.
Do you have any other responsible travel tips (or fabulous green travel blogs) that you wish to share?
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