June 5 is World Environment Day, the official United Nations day for encouraging global awareness and action to protect the environment. Each year, the event is organized around a theme that draws attention to a pressing environmental concern. The 2019 focus is air pollution, and although the issue may seem complicated, every person can do their part in reducing its harmful effects. Honor World Environment Day as you travel this summer, and discover how you can explore the world in an environmentally conscious manner!
Pack a Reusable Water Bottle
As plastic pollution continues to increase, environmentally conscious consumers are ditching plastic water bottles. Staying hydrated is an important aspect of maintaining your physical health while traveling, but you don’t have to create more waste to do so. Pack a reusable water bottle in your checked bag or carry-on, and refill it at potable drinking stations throughout your travels.
Only Bring What You Need
Overpacking for a trip isn’t just inconvenient, but it can have a negative impact on the environment too. Every pound counts when flying, and planes produce more carbon emissions the more they weigh. Consider leaving your fourth pair of shoes behind, and Mother Earth will thank you.
Turn Off the Lights
Treat your hotel room as your own home, and avoid wasting energy or water. When you leave for the day, turn the lights, heat, or air conditioning off. Limit your showers to five minutes or less to conserve water, and reuse towels by hanging them up to dry after each use.
Stay the Path
Whether you’re hiking Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or exploring the National Parks of Costa Rica, it’s important to stay the path. Marked trails keep you safe, but they also serve to safeguard endangered plants or protected areas. Stick to the marked trails, and maintain a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter.
Travel the World with AESU!
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
2019 tour dates and prices are available and selling out quickly! If you have any questions or want help booking your European adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!