For the adventurous traveler, bearing an ecologically minded worldview can function like a death knell for any grand travel plans. After all, unless you’re traveling by foot, bike, or camel, you’re probably creating at least a semi-heavy carbon footprint.
Add to that concern, the fact that the best in ecological travel tends to be on the pricier side, and travel can seem too costly to both your wallet and the planet. Well, don’t give up just yet. There are ways to give into your wanderlust that will allow you to be ecologically responsible and watch your wallet at the same time.
Stick to a Budget
Being a financially fit person doesn’t have to preclude travel any more than being an environmentalist does. You just have to go about traveling as a financially fit person who’s also an environmentalist would. Because eco-travel has a reputation for being pricey, then, the first step you should take in your endeavor to save green and be green is to establish a budget for the trip you want to take.
Once you know the amount of money you have to work with, commit to staying within that amount as you research your options for greener travel. Consider setting aside some money to purchase carbon offsets, in order to counteract the effect your travel will have on your carbon footprint.
Air travel is by far the biggest polluter in the transportation world, but, as a rule, if it doesn’t take you long to get from point A to point B, emissions are likely to be higher. In order to green your transport a bit more, do the best you can to travel via slower means. Yes, you may probably have to take a plane to Barcelona, but once you’re there, travel by foot or bicycle.
If you’re able to budget for it, let your slow travel be part of your adventure. Walk, bike, or take the bus whenever you can. If you’re really serious about green travel, sign up to work on a sailing vessel that’s headed to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit. Not only will you make money and gain new skills, but your carbon footprint will be miniscule in comparison to flying.
Eat Local Wherever You Are
The farm-to-table movement has done a world of good across North America in terms of better tasting and healthier food and fewer greenhouse gases in the food chain. In many parts of the world, however, there never needed to be a return to local food, because people never sought to get around it. So, do your research.
Eat where the food is locally produced, whether you purchase it from a street food vendor, a bakery, a restaurant, or a market. Eating local food — wherever you are — goes a long way toward ensuring a healthier planet, and from an economic perspective, it keeps money in the pockets of the people who actually live where you’re visiting.
Bring a Water Bottle
One of the most commonly given pieces of travel advice is to only drink bottled water, but for the traveler who’s trying to stay green and save money, that advice is tough to follow. So, bring a water bottle and use it to stay hydrated.
If you’re traveling to a region where the water is likely to make you sick, be sure to pack some chlorine dioxide tablets, or, if you’ve run out or are on a rationing plan with them, fill your water bottle up with low-alcohol beer. Some tourist destinations now also provide filtered water stations where you can fill your bottle up without worry, too.
Sustainable Sleeping Is Cheaper Sleeping
One of the easiest ways to wed your love for the planet with your desire to save money is to sleep sustainably. Skip out on fancy hotels or anywhere else you might take up a whole room to yourself, and opt instead for hostels, campsites, and other shared spaces.
You can even arrange to rent a room from a local family in some places. Another option is to travel overnight. Especially if you have a lengthy train or bus ride on your itinerary, book it so that it lets you travel while you sleep.
Traveling green means traveling light. A light pack keeps unnecessary weight from increasing fuel use in transportation, and a light bag won’t tire you out so you resort to taking cabs everywhere when you’d intended to walk. It will also allow for greater peace of mind, since you’ll have much less to keep track of if you have only a few items with you.
Love the earth and love to travel, and save money while you do both with these six tips.
What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?
A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.
When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.
New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.
This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.
Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.
With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.
Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.
The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.
Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.
Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy
Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.
Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.
Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.
How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:
- They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
- They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
- They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
- They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.
Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.
Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use
The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.
Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.
Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers
Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.
Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.
Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy
Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:
- Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
- Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
- Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.
You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.