Words by Andrea
Every issue of Be MyJourney’s lifestyle journal will propose three sustainable travel simple tips.
WHAT : Sometimes travelling during summer we suffer very high temperatures, especially when we visit Mediterranean countries like Italy. Rather than finding the solution in the air conditioning (AC), you can simply close the windows’ shutters while you are away during the day, reopening them at nigh, when the air is crispy and pleasant.
WHY : An exaggerated use of AC in our guest rooms is not healthy for us, nor for the environment. According to The Guardian, using a small AC unit to cool a regular room “we consume on average more power than running four fridges” (source: The Guardian, 2019)
> Read Be MyJourney’s interview to Follonico to get more sustainable lifestyle tips.
WHAT : As travellers, deciding to compensate our flights with carbon-offsetting is a good idea, but not a solution!
WHY : Although if we decide to support programs who plant trees or invest in renewable energies we drive a positive impact, the reality is that these actions take a long time to regenerate the air. According to Greenpeace “a newly-planted tree can take as many as 20 years to capture the amount of CO2 that a carbon-offset scheme promises.” (source Greenpeace, 2020)
> In order to minimise our environmental footprint, as travellers we can choose alternative transportations or select the airline companies that either are already implementing hybrid solutions or are committed to fight climate change investing in innovation.
WHAT : Have you ever thought about a walking holiday?
WHY : This is among the most sustainable travel choices you can make and, if you feel the need for some introspection, it might be the right choice for you! Beyond having a zero emission holiday, taking a walking trip is also a good way to meet travellers with fascinating stories and a lot of determination. An experience to challenge your boundaries, be in contact with nature and discover literally off-the-beaten-path villages. Italy offers many options for walking trips, like 1000 KM of Via Francigena – a trail that starts in Canterbury and ends in Santa Maria di Leuca, Apulia.
> This is the kind of trips that need some planning in terms of training and equipment, if you want to learn more about it let me know here