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Be an environmentally-friendly traveller with Nomador

environmentally friendly travel with Nomador.com

Members of the Nomador community share one incredible privilege. It’s not the fact that we’re able to see the world, discover new cultures or even make long-lasting connections with people we’d never otherwise meet.

These things are, of course, the wonderful benefits of being a regular nomad. But the greatest privilege cannot, in fact, be quantified or qualified.

What is it? Simply, a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of the world in which we live. It manifests itself in each person in a completely different way, changing us for the better, and changing us forever.

As we become global citizens, innately conscious of the world around us, we begin to understand that our actions have an impact. It’s not enough to simply discover the world; it’s our responsibility to protect it too.

At Nomador, being environmentally-responsible travellers is very important to us. So, we’ve compiled three simple ways we can all make a difference when we travel. How many are you already putting into practice?

1. Getting there - offsetting your carbon emissions

Even the simple act of getting to our travel destination has a huge carbon footprint

For a return economy flight from Sydney to Paris, it’s around six tonnes, and if you’re going business, it’s over 18. Even a business class flight from New York to Paris is 6.31t, while a Eurostar from London to Paris is still responsible for 12kg of carbon. 

If you were to choose house-sitting for your accommodation, you could donate even a small percentage of the money you saved back into neutralising the carbon footprint you gained to get there. 

Many airlines offer passengers the option to do so when they buy a ticket, and for your Eurostar journey, you might like to donate to an environmental initiative of your choice instead. There are a number of organisations dedicated to offsetting carbon emissions: Nature Conservancy and CarbonFund.org are two examples, while this page on World Land Trust lists countless more.

2. Choose the greenest way to get from A to B

The average petrol small car emits around 125g of C02 per kilometre. Multiply this by the countless kilometres you’ll be driving each day, and then by eight (the length of the average holiday), and the figure begins to look a bit frightening…

Happily, research has shown that the carbon footprint of metro systems can be up to 2.3 times lower than that of one private car.

Alternately, walking and using public cycle-hire schemes will take this impact down to zero. Other pros: you’ll see much more of the city, and get some exercise and fresh air while you do it!

3. Accommodation has an impact too

Good news: house-sitting is one of the most environmentally-friendly modes of accommodation. Hotels are powered and climate controlled around the clock - even the most sustainable properties have a greater impact than private residences.

When we choose house-sitting, we’re simply swapping places with someone else rather than using more energy. And, we’re providing a service (house or pet sitting) in lieu of the usual cost of accommodation.

And if we’re really committed to travelling light, we’ll be sure to treat the house we’re staying in like the most prestigious eco-retreat we’ve ever visited. This means things like turning off taps properly, not leaving appliances or lights on unnecessarily, and using recycling facilities.

Saving the world one traveller at a time

While these options only touch the surface of a much greater issue, it’s important to look for ways to care for our world every day. Every great journey begins with a simple step, after all - and we’ve given you three.

To make it even simpler – and to ensure you have the house-sitting experience of a lifetime – you can take care of your accommodation on Nomador: search for inspiration and find your dream experience here!

What do you do to ensure your travel is environmentally friendly? Which of these steps will you be trying on your next trip?

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