eco tourism

6 great tips for eco tourism on a budget

Eco tourism comes in a lot of forms, from voluntourism to ethical safaris to sustainable treks to slow travel. You know you need to do something about the earth. But, with all the activity going on, you have a hard time finding a plan that fits with your budget and motive scores. Few people have a personal passion, or a social or environmental cause that carries a lot of weight to help give them direction.

The world is in the process of investing about $6.3 trillion by 2030 to mitigate the damage to the planet in order to meet future global demands and If you’re keen on visiting developing countries in the future, then you have to consider the environmental impact you might have when travelling, whether it’s through your business or personal travel plans.

Here are six tips which will help you save money when travelling the world.

1.Packing Light For Eco Tourism On A Budget

Pack light. Pack light. Pack light. This becomes a mantra when embarking on a journey of fast and cheap eco-tourism.  One carry-on suitcase and one small backpack per person is more than enough for your travels and stops you from packing those “just in case” items.

Pack light for ecotourism on a budget. Here is a list of savings you can make from packing light:

Save money on airline fees – Most airlines charge per checked bag. I’ve seen expenses as excessive as $70 per checked bag on major U.S. airlines. Many tourists get around this charge via limiting their bags to what they can carry onto the plane for no extra charge.

Make sure you read your airlines’ luggage requirements before you start packing your bags. Some international airlines are very strict about the size of your carry-on bag.

Easier use of public transport – when we want to get ourselves and our baggage from the airport to our hotel or vice versa, we usually consider public transportation. It’s typically a handy and inexpensive option. Most large cities have a train or subway station at the airport. Packing light makes it a lot less difficult to use public transportation to/from the airport without feeling conspicuous or taking too much space. other riders often have luggage too.

Save money on fuel – Packing light will also save you expense on roads trips as less weight in the car means you’ll spend less on fuel. Furthermore, you will not need to invest in a larger vehicle or in an exterior rack if you keep your packing to a minimal.

Save money on clothing and other items – Planning a holiday or trip often comes with thoughts of buying new clothes, shoes and other items for your trip. However, if you limit yourself to just the essentials and not the extra “just in case” items, you will be fine with a small suitcase and the knock on effect will be that you spend less on new clothing and other non-essential items.

2.Avoid air travel when possible

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I love travelling. I also love to share experiences with friends and family, especially about the different places, cultures, and flavours I enjoy. But air travel is not sustainable, it comes with too many drawbacks, and it’s not even saving us any significant time. Instead of travelling by air, I prefer to make my trips on the train or on foot. I can still visit places I would by just putting a bit more thought and planning into my journey’s.

However, there are times when you simply cannot avoid air travel, the best thing to do in these moments is to choose a low-cost airline company. Even though low-cost flights are usually full and you may have issues with leg room, they are much better than 1st class flights.

People who choose first class will obviously be more comfortable and you will have more room, but they will also consume more on board. Everybody is landing in the same destination, so you should be able to cope with the downsides of travelling with a low-cost airline.

3. Stay Longer in Each Destination

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As well as saving you money, staying longer in each destination reduces your carbon footprint and is important for sustainable tourism. No matter which form of transport you choose, if your visiting more countries and cities, try to plan your differently.

Try to avoid staying in places for only one or two days. Instead you should plan to stay longer. This will help you become more familiar with the place and from this you will really experience what these destinations have to offer.

Also, most accommodations offer discounts on longer stays, so you will save money that way too. This tip seems quite obvious but when you’re travelling on a budget, all these constant commutes between cities soon mount up on your total cost and by having longer stays, your behaviour and way of travel is much more sustainable.

4. Choose Green Hostels Over Hotels

The latest trend of green adventures is being led by the increasing number of guests that are opting for eco-conscious experiences. They are the group that is the most sustainable, these guests are intent on changing the world. When you’re traveling, you’re looking for a green experience, but just how green are hotels? Why not opt for a hostel so you can really have an eco-responsible adventure?

When choosing an eco-friendly accommodation, there is a misconception that it will cost you more, but in fact it’s no more expensive than traditional accommodation. Staying in sustainable accommodation, you can save up to 8kg of carbon dioxide emissions per person, per night. Furthermore, you get that piece of mind, knowing the power used is from renewable sources, the detergents are all natural and the food is all local.

5. Take Your Reusable Bottle with You

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Plastic consumption and pollution is a big problem in the world today. Countries are trying to develop better ways of tackling this issue and improving recycling strategies. But with most of them still needing improvement, the best thing we can all do is buy less plastic.

Imagine how much the world would change if we all decided to reuse plastic bottles instead of buying new ones. The world is full of used water bottles, and there’s a big push to keep our planet green. Get a reusable bottle or a disposable one that has a spout with a cap, and then start reusing.

We need to encourage companies to use more sustainable packaging. We should all avoid purchasing bottled water and start taking reusable bottles with us, restaurants and bars will usually fill them up with tap water for you. Places that do refills are also becoming more common especially in city centres, so you will be able to save money and help out the planet at the same time.

6. Choose Local Restaurants

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If you have already chosen to stay in a green hostel, it will most probably have a kitchen and if you eat at the accommodation you can rest assure that all the food prepared is local. If you are cooking the food yourself you can buy your ingredients from the local markets and support the local economy.

It’s hard to actually calculate the carbon footprint of a meal, but food that has been imported will have a higher carbon footprint.

Cook your meals at your accommodation if you have the means to do so. Its easy enough to buy pre-prepared meals from the local supermarket. Doing this, you can save a lot of money, as its cheaper buying from supermarkets than dinning out at restaurants.


Living and travelling sustainably is becoming a lot more popular, with people starting to take some individual responsibility for the issues the world faces today. Countries have started to work on plastic and pollution problems in a bid to try and slow down climate change.

You can do your part by deciding to travel more sustainably. Make sure you avoid single-use plastic and remember to take your reusable bottle with you. Choose to use public transport or for shorter journeys choose to walk or use a bike and plan longer stays in each destination.

Avoid as much air travel as possible and choose green hostels or multi-person dorms. Make sure you eat at local restaurants or if preparing meals yourself, use local markets for your ingredients. All these small and simple changes in your lifestyle will help the planet and the environment.

Planning an Eco-holiday? Check out our helpful guide – Sustainable Tourism: Tips For Planning An Eco-Holiday.