In case you haven’t heard, we are having some serious issues related to water. As travelers, water is often a focus of our trips! We love beaches, pools and waterparks. We also consume a lot of water during other travel activities. Interestingly, 97% of the earth’s surface is made up of salt water and about 2.5% is fresh water. Of that, 68.9% is locked up in glaciers, leaving just over 30% available for all other needs and uses. It is a system in peril.
Do you know that people tend to use more water while they are traveling than they do when they are at home? In fact, tourists use 16 times more water than locals do. And much of this use occurs while visiting many of the world’s poor countries. In order to be a responsible traveler, it is essential that we make efforts to cut water consumption.
There are many things you can do to cut back on your water usage at home. It’s also simple really to conserve water while your away. Here are three simple ways to conserve water while traveling.
We have all seen the signs in hotels about not having towels replaced every day or bedding changed daily. Many people think this is just for the hotel’s own cost savings and disregard this small request. But, by not getting fresh linens daily, this saves a lot of strain not only on freshwater usage, but also has a positive impact on energy use and pollutants. It’s time travelers really start using the same towels and sheets for many days at a time to reduce consumption. And, if you don’t need your room cleaned daily, there is more water savings.
Pick Your Stay Wisely
Stay at places that already have water conservation efforts in place. Reduced high-maintenance landscaping, use of drip irrigation systems, low-flow faucets, covering pools at night, and reuse of grey water are all easy things hotels can implement to conserve water. Also, you can easily avoid staying at places that have high-evaporation water features like decorative water features. Staying at one of these establishments is an effortless way to contribute to water conservation.
Be Mindful of Travel Dates
Many of us want to enjoy nice weather which generally means avoiding the rainy season. But the influx of tourists during the dry season puts an additional burden on the already taxed water resources this time of year. Simply looking at different dates could have less of a negative impact on an area’s water resources. This is especially true in times of climate change and excessive heat.
Again, there are many things travelers can do to conserve water while traveling. Water is a central element and a driving factor behind many people’s travels. Being a water-conscious traveler is essential for being a good visitor in your host communities. Starting with just a few easy steps is a painless way to contribute to water management and conservation efforts!
Do you have special water conserving tips you practice during your travels? Share them in the comments below!