April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is a world-wide effort to bring attention to the fragile nature of the planet and our responsibility to care for it. Due to COVID-19 and stay at home orders, most if not all Earth Day celebrations this year will be virtual. However, though we may not be able to celebrate the earth in a big way this year, there are still many small ways in which we can do our part to positively impact the planet.
When we can start traveling again, travel responsibly. Several hotel chains offer incentives for making green choices in energy and housekeeping. Recycling is also a fixture in most establishments. When shopping, purchase only what you need or will use. And, since many cities around the world have banned plastic bags, remember to pack reusable totes and bags to carry your purchases. Whenever possible, skip the automobile and take a sightseeing walk. You’ll get a better view of the neighborhood and enjoy a more in-depth travel experience.
For an even more intense experience, consider an environmentally themed trip. Eco-tourism has grown in popularity and can include guided hiking expeditions, and photography classes. Lodging can range from luxury camp resorts, to the basics. Popular spots include America’s National Parks, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Brazil.
And finally, remember that in practice Earth Day is every day. Whether at home or away, taking small steps like water conservation, recycling, and responsible waste disposal can have a big impact on the environment. Just as the world belongs to all of us it is up to us to care and preserve our Earth and all its fantastic wonders for travelers alike, and generations to come.