With travel becoming increasingly affordable and countless CV opportunities boasting overseas courses, our carbon footprint is rocketing skywards. Flying contributes a significant amount to this as 20,000 planes carry over 3 billion passengers every year. A round trip from New York to California alone generates the same amount of greenhouse gases as the average car produces in over 2 months. As air travel becomes ever more frequent the numbers are set to rise.
But fear not! All is not as bleak as it seems. There are a number of ways to reduce our carbon footprint whilst still travelling, having fun and gaining life-changing experiences. Although the best way to reduce your carbon footprint is not to travel at all, this remains unrealistic. Here are 5 top tips to help reduce your carbon footprint whilst still gaining the benefits of a trip away.
Travel within the UK
The UK boasts some of the best tourist destinations in the world, showcasing the stunning scenery of the Lake and Peak districts, vibrant cities such as Edinburgh and Newcastle or large swathes of coast to the south. On a student budget, travel in the UK can be a cheap and easy way to spend a few days holidaying with your friends whilst enjoying the peace of mind that a low-emission trip inevitably brings.
Find alternatives to planes
Useful alternatives include international coaches, services such as the Eurostar or even travelling as a foot passenger on a ferry. These are much better for the environment and can be cheaper modes of travel too.