Summary: Paying attention to how you choose to travel can impact the environment.
As the topics of pollution and global warming become more relevant, more and more people are starting to think about how we, as humans, are affecting the planet. Paying more attention to which foods are ethically sourced and trying to cut back on water and energy consumption ultimately make the planet a better place to be.
While some people might cut back on the amount of driving they do by walking, cycling, or carpooling to get around, there are few alternatives to flying for long-distance travels. There are, however, steps you can take to make your next air travel more environmentally friendly.
Book Nonstop Flights
Depending on where you are traveling to, you might be asked if you would like to take multiple flights with layovers. This can greatly increase the amount of travel time, which is why some airlines might offer direct flights instead. Nonstop flights, while more convenient, are usually priced at a premium. However, choosing to take only one flight will ultimately reduce the amount of fuel to get you to your destination.
Research Plane Models
Before you purchase your next airplane ticket, take a moment to research which airplane model the airline will be using. Older airplane models will likely be less fuel-efficient than newer ones, leading to more air pollution into the atmosphere when traveling the same route.
Additionally, you should look into what different airlines are doing to make their flights greener, so you can make your next reservation knowing that you are keeping your carbon footprint as small as possible.