These travel bloggers are working for the environment and reducing their carbon footprints to make the world a better and safer place.

We all are enthusiastic about travelling especially when we are stuck in lockdown and only reminiscing about our travelling, hiking and adventurous days. Though it’s safe to say that travel throwback pictures are the nearest you can get to travelling right now, we must not forget to follow some travel bloggers on Instagram who are giving us major travelling vibes.

These travel bloggers are not just chasing their dream to be travellers and writers but also creating content on environmental-friendly travelling. They are a major contributor to eco-tourism in the world and are taking climate actions to make this world a better place for us. What can be more fun than travelling and conserving mother nature simultaneously?

Many of them also happen to be vegan and create content to guide others about sustainable travel, lifestyle, veganism along with diving into the rich culture and traditions of places around the world.

Once things get back to normal post-COVID, we must realise that the world will advance and develop at a fast-pace and that is when we need to be most conscious about our actions towards the environment and climate. It’s time we make responsible travel decisions as citizens and provide inspiration to others for finding some eco-friendly vacation ideas.

Follow these travel bloggers as they do their bit towards promoting eco-friendly tourism

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It’s just one bottle said 7.8 Billion People. – Aakash Ranison. • Today, we produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste each year. That’s nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. As per the UN Environment report 2018, around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. • In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away. And well, the next immediate question is – Where does all this plastic land up? Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment. • India is one of the major contributors to this plastic menace. We as a country produce 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day, however, the larger problem lies in our inability to adequately manage this waste. • We are unable to manage about 85%* of this garbage and the majority of this lands up in our lakes and rivers which in turn get merged into the oceans, threatening our marine life. Water and plastic pollution along with overexploitation and climate change have caused the extinction of 15 marine species, and currently threaten the lives of 700 more. • With the aim to aware people and change the way we use plastic @jellyfishwatersport took the initiative to make the world’s first marine cemetery in kozhikode(Calicut), Kerala and invited me to drive the project. • I am thankful to JellyFish Watersports & team[Kaushiq, Rubina, Rinzy, Prasad, Jishnu ] for giving me the opportunity to drive this project and thank you to the creative team[Tarun, Garima, Sangeeta, Aarushi, Prashant, Mubin, Nad, sorry I am forgetting any name.] • This project not only allowed me to used the knowledge, skills & experience I had but gave me the opportunity to fail and learn. Thank you Kaushiq for putting your trust in me & love you @charliebuoy.

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biggest news of the year coming out of the cricket world! The best cricketer by a huge margin of the contemporary generation – Virat Kohli, also the Indian cricket team captain, and also someone known as the fittest cricketer in the world, has been following a VEGAN diet for past 4 months!! And Virat attributes the increase in his on field performance to not eating animal protein in any form (meat, eggs and dairy i.e.). Yet another elite athlete joins the Vegan world! Today some of the most elite athletes in the world are eating Vegan – right from Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, to Lionel Messi the football superstar, to Kyrie Irving the NBA star from Boston Celtics, to David Carter the NFL star also known as the 300 Pound Vegan, to Scott Jurek one of the best ultra marathon runners of his generation, to Patrik Baboumian – also known as the strongest man in the world! You may ask what point am I making here? All I'm trying to point out is that reaching and maintaining elite status in the world of sports is very much possible on a Vegan diet as demonstrated by these rockstar athletes. I'm not trying to say that Vegan diet is superior to other diets. Sure there are superstar athletes out there who eat meat and still perform, but a wide majority of people have this preconceived notion that eating Vegan means loss of performance for your sport. That is simply a myth! Future is very much VEGAN! . And this brings me to my next announcement. The largest #Vegan festival of India is going to be held on Dec 2nd in Mumbai, and I would like to invite each one of you to come attend the festival. One of the events of the festival that I've had the honor to put together is a fitness panel discussion consisting of some of the brightest minds of Indian fitness world to come share their stories and nutrition/fitness tips. From one of the best ultra runner to a triathlete to a builder to a sports scientist – they are all going to be there! So for folks wanting to get their fitness & nutrition questions answered – look no further! Come attend the Vegan festival of Mumbai! Stay tuned for more updates on my timeline. . PS: me on top of Mentok kangri #vegansofig

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Just published on the blog: “Can We Reduce Single Use Plastic During the Pandemic?” Link in my bio or read it on the-shooting-star.com 🌱   A single use plastic catastrophe is silently brewing in the midst of this pandemic 😔   As we use more protective gear, rely more on e-commerce, get more home deliveries, opt for takeaways and worry about the virus lurking around on surfaces that we normally would’ve re-used, we’re creating more trash.    Masks have already started washing up on Hong Kong’s beaches. Single-use plastic usage is estimated to have gone up in the US by 250-300%. Athens has reported a 150% increase in the amount of plastic waste. India’s ban on plastic bags has taken a backseat.   Fish, turtles, dolphins and other marine animals can choke on gloves, get entangled in the elastic bands of masks and get injured by face shields. With all this plastic filling their stomachs, they can starve to death. Some recycling plants have been shut over fear of the virus spreading. Poorer countries and neighborhoods are disproportionately being affected.    How can we stay safe yet reduce single use plastic during the pandemic?   🌱 Use reusable multi-layered cloth masks instead of use-and-throw ones.   🌱 Opt for eco-friendly e-commerce sellers who don’t wrap everything in plastic + leave feedback for sellers.   🌱 Insist that home deliveries are single-use plastic free and return the packaging immediately.   🌱 A “sanitize, quarantine and reuse” routine rather than an open and throw routine.   Detailed research, hacks and other ideas on the blog.    Go read, then tell me, have you noticed an increase in your single use plastic consumption since the lockdowns began? What are you doing / going to do about it?

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**Local Travel** You don’t have to fly halfway around the world to travel. If you ask me, experiencing a new place – even if it’s just a short drive from home – is travel. 🗺 We’re trying to travel more locally to cut down on our carbon footprint (and our travel budget). It used to be that we’d take an international flight every chance we got, which meant we were flying on every one of Aaron’s several yearly school breaks. But last year we spent spring break road tripping through Eastern Oregon (guys, it is INSANELY BEAUTIFUL out there) and then summer break overlanding through Western US national parks. And this weekend we drove just a couple hours from home to get this crazy view. 🗺 We’ve saved a lot of carbon, a ton of cash, and been severely schooled on the misconception that we need to travel internationally to find unique and beautiful places. So if you don’t have the time or the funds to fly to Costa Rica or Kenya or wherever your wanderlust wants to take you, don’t worry about it! 🗺 Don’t let travel “influencers” make you feel like there’s only one way to travel. Take a road trip to the next state over, or book a hotel in the closest big city and act like a tourist for a weekend. Then pat yourself on the back for traveling sustainably instead of lamenting the fact that you didn’t fly to Bali! 🗺 Do you travel more locally or internationally? . 📍Wenatchi Land . . . . #localtravel #travellocal #wenatcheevalley #wenatchee #wenatcheeriver #wenatcheewa #visitwenatchee #wenatcheeoutdoors #okanoganwenatcheenationalforest #responsibletravel #sustainabletravel #ethicaltravel #conscioustravel #thisissustainable #travelbetter #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #pnwdiscovered #pacificnorthwest #pnwexplorations #washingtonlife #upperleftusa #choosemountains #mountainsplease #wishyouwerenorthwest #wanderwashington #nwisbest #pnwcollective #washingtonexplored #pnwcompass

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Exactly 5 months ago, I was filled with uncontrollable rage and despair over the ridiculous but sadly popular notion that behavioural change on an individual level(recycling, resting straws, going vegan etc) would somehow solve climate change. I didn’t know how to articulate what was wrong with that line of thought then. Yet miraculously, today we are talking about abstract topics like #ClimateJustice & downright boring (but absolutely necessary) things like policymaking. It’s been a week since I launched the crowdfunding campaign to fund our documentary project on #climatecrisis. Responding to my call, you all have already contributed over Rs. 1 Lakh on Ketto and Rs. 45,000 on Kickstarter. What’s amazing is that a tremendous percentage of funding came from you all, strangers who know me only through my work here. That kind of trust is not only heartening but also very empowering. Who would’ve thought that someday I would learn and talk about climate change, and people will happily give me their money to make documentaries on the topic? But life is strange and wonderful all at once. Working on a non-paying passion project is not a reality that is possible for everyone, even more so in the Asian/Indian context where stability and security have been our guiding light for ages and creative pursuits are mostly reserved for the privileged. But some of us are lucky enough to find a way out despite our modest upbringing. So I’m fully aware of my privileged position today and am incredibly grateful for your support in making this happen. Between @deejfilms & I, we’ve already raised more than 40% of our funding goal of 8000 USD. With the money raised so far, our filming expenses for December are covered at the very least. But post production remains our biggest expense. To make informative & insightful documentaries, we need a motion graphics artist onboard to simplify the science & data in a visually striking way and an editor who can put together a film that would best narrate the story. We’ve made great strides and we have long way to go. Crowdfunding LINK in BIO, contribute &/or share with your network. Basically, I’m requesting you to please do the needful! 😉

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History was made! The @United #FlightForThePlanet crew flew us from Chicago to Los Angeles on the most eco-friendly flight in aviation history. #ad . ✈️ It was an honor to take part in such a significant moment in the progression of environmentalism in the travel space alongside travel influencer @comeflywithlove and eco advocate @pcousteau. The aviation industry has a long way to go in reducing its environmental impact and I’m proud to have witnessed United leading the way for others to follow in its eco-conscious footsteps. We flew with sustainable biofuel, dined with wooden cutlery, wiped our hands with bamboo napkins, and drank from an industry-first, fully recyclable-paper hot beverage cup. . 🌱 Why is sustainable biofuel such a big deal? Well, you know I’m all about electric cars, and while I’d love for planes to be electric too…that’s not a thing yet. Next best option is biofuel! Using biofuel is one of the most effective ways an airline can reduce its impact on the environment. The fuel they used on the #EcoSkies flight came from agricultural waste and has a whopping 60% less emissions than normal fuel. . ♻️ No other airline has ever combined sustainable aviation biofuel, zero cabin waste, carbon offsets, and operational efficiencies. This flight was the first of its kind and hopefully it won’t be the last. In the words of United president Scott Kirby, “This will only work to make this a better planet if our competitors do the same as well.” . 🌏 Do you support businesses that advocate for the environment? #WorldEnvironmentDay

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AD: Supply chains & transparency. It’s a lot to get your head around. For my #earthwise challenge with @tomsuk I’ve been looking into fashion supply chains and generally learning more about the fast fashion industry. There was a lot of uproar around transparency last week and, don’t get me wrong, transparency is not an indicator of sustainability or ethics. But, when trying to look into individual brands' supply chains for most there was either no info available at all or it took a long, long time to find. If a brand doesn’t have their supply chain info and information on how they are tackling slavery and other human rights abuses in their supply chain, then that starts to make me think they’re hiding something or (possibly worse) haven’t even thought about it as an issue. This is one reason why I really appreciate @tomsuk. Clear as day on their site I was able to click on the “Supply Chain Transparency” tab which sent me to a page filled with info about how they are actually working to protect their workers and also linked me to the addresses and names of all their factories worldwide where their shoes are made. I really think this should be the norm.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ What about sustainability? @tomsuk is also a certified B Corp (woooo) and they’re constantly pushing to be better. The new #earthwise collection (as seen on my wee feet here) are their most sustainable collection yet. The ones on my feet were dyed pink with natural plant dyes (mulberries!!) and the lining is made from wood pulp! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ One of the key things I love about @tomsuk is their dedication to challenging themselves to be better. The #earthwise collection is their most recent example of this, but also their move from giving only via a one-for-one principle (for every product bought one is donated) to now giving 1/3rd of profits to giving partners all over the world. They’re willing to listen, adapt and change with our changing world whilst maintaining core values and people at the centre. During this time, they’re donating 1/3rd of their profits to COVID relief organisations which I think it’s pretty cool. Thank you @tomsuk ❤

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What is overtourism really?? ⁣ ⁣ The word “Overtourism” is becoming more and more common, but what does it really mean, and why should we care? ⁣ ⁣ Apart from dealing with the selfie-stick wielding masses (no offence to selfie-stick users meant), one of the biggest impacts that overtourism has is making cities unpleasant for those who live there for the long term. ⁣ ⁣ Venice is the most famous example of this: This beautiful Italian’s city’s population has shrunk to levels lower than in the 1500s! Most Venetians have long-since left, choosing to live elsewhere, or on the edges of the city such as Maestre. And from what we’ve seen, the likelihood of this happening in cities such as Lisbon is not so far-fetched. ⁣ ⁣ So why does this happen? ⁣ ⁣ As tourism to a destination grows, everyone wants a slice of the economic pie (and we can’t say we blame them). Grocery stores begin to be replaced by travel agents, restaurants realise that tourists have more to spend than locals, and people start to rent out their apartments on Airbnb for triple the rate of what they could get from a long stay resident. ⁣ ⁣ All of these things start to spiral, and suddenly a city that locals can no longer afford emerges. Combine that with an influx of tourists and digital nomads who don’t speak the local language, and English starts to be spoken more than local languages.⁣ ⁣ We’re not blaming anyone for overtourism, but it’s easy to see how things can escalate quickly, and how our collective choices create impact. ⁣ ⁣ In our coming posts we’ll be unpacking some of these elements to overtourism some more and looking at what we, as travellers, can do about it! ⁣ ⁣ Have you experienced overtourism? If so, where was it and what did you do?⁣ ⁣ #overtourism #soultravelmoment #responsibletourism #masstourism #ecotravel

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Chayanika Roy
Creative thinker, writer and an orator, Chayanika Roy is a passionate journalist in making who loves to explore new opportunities, meeting new people and undertaking dynamic challenges. As an enthusiastic traveler, she enjoys capturing the beauty and culture of the places she visits. She has endeavoured in various fields including- content writing, photography, screenplay writing and social media. Writing for a national publication and working with organizations has given Chayanika a better sense of the creative field where she is stepping in.