Green Travel: How to become part of this growing community!

- Posted on: 17/08/2023 - By: Sofia Carraro Rocha $itemValue.title

In a world that's becoming increasingly conscious of the impact of travel on the environment, being a thoughtful traveller has never been more important. Whether you're an experienced traveller or a first-time backpacker, adopting a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to travel not only helps protect the places we love but also enriches your travel experience. In this post, we'll explore the art of mindful and budget-conscious travel, offering tips and insights for becoming the ultimate "Thoughtful Traveler".


Cultivate cultural sensitivity

Respect local customs, traditions, and etiquette. Research and understand the cultural norms of the destination you're visiting to ensure you're interacting respectfully with the locals and their cultures.


Use Eco-friendly transports

Opt for greener modes of transportation whenever possible. Walk or bike to explore the city, use public transportation too. If you're traveling longer distances, choose trains over flights to reduce your carbon emissions.


Dublin has many different public transports, including trams, trains, buses, rickshaws and bikes to rent around the city. Discover how to use Dublin’s public transport here.


Would rather rent a car and go? Why not to try carpooling with fellow backpackers?


Responsible wildlife interaction

When encountering wildlife, always prioritize their well-being. Avoid attractions that exploit animals for entertainment and choose responsible eco-tourism activities, such as wildlife sanctuaries and ethical animal encounters. Keep a respectful distance and never disturb their natural habitat.


Do not feed wild animals in their natural habitats - Phoenix Parks Deer by @sofiacarraror



Mindful packing and consumption

Packing light not only saves you money on luggage fees but also reduces your carbon footprint. Pack versatile clothing, reusable water bottles, and eco-friendly toiletries to minimize waste. Consider bringing a cloth bag for shopping to reduce your reliance on plastic bags too.


Support locals and sustainable tourism

One of the best ways to positively impact the places you visit is by supporting local businesses. Shop at local markets, eat at family-owned restaurants, and purchase souvenirs crafted by local artisans. In order to support small business abroad, whether it was a coffee shop, restaurant, or an artist stall you can also review the business in the Social Medias platforms. This not only supports the local economy but also encourages the preservation of cultural heritage.


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Dublin is well known for its local weekly, monthly and seasonal markets where local small business shown their products and services, as Dun Laoghaire Sunday Market, Temple Bar Food Market, Red Stables Market (St Anne’s Park), Howth Market, Bushy Park Market, Stoneybatter Farmers Market, The Liberty Market, and many others.


Embrace slow-travel

Slow travel is the antithesis of rushed and fast-tourism. Take the time to immerse yourself in the local culture and community, instead of pop-in up from a place to another. This not only reduces your carbon footprint but also allows for more meaningful connections and experiences with locals.


Choose Eco-friendly accommodations

As a thoughtful traveller, your choice of accommodation matters. Opt for eco-friendly lodging options like hostels with sustainability initiatives, eco-lodges, or boutique hotels with green certifications. These places often employ energy-efficient practices, minimize water wastage, and support local communities.


Minimize single-use plastics

Plastic waste is a global concern. Be a mindful traveller by carrying a reusable water bottle, a collapsible cup for that coffee-time, and bamboo utensils. Say no to single-use plastics like straws and plastic bags and choose establishments that prioritize sustainable packaging.



Make your travel experience even more meaningful by volunteering with local community projects or participating in beaches and canals cleanups. Giving back to the places you visit demonstrates your commitment to preserving their natural beauty and resources.


The Bernard Shaw (located in South Richmond St in Dublin) offers free pints for people who help clean rubbish from the Grand Canal. They give you the bin bags and material do clean, and when you return it filled, you grab a rewarding pint.


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Plan and budget wisely

Thoughtful travel doesn't have to break the bank. Plan your trip well in advance, look for deals on flights and accommodations, and create a realistic budget. Consider cooking your own meals occasionally to save money and reduce your environmental impact.


To help you on planning your “on-a-budget trip” to Dublin, we have partnered with our favourite restaurants around the city to offer you a special discount. No matter which Canbe property (Gardiner House Hostel, Garden Lane Backpackers, or Inchicore Suites) you choose to stay in during your visit to the Irish capital, you can avail of amazing discounts at our selected partners. You can check out all our partners clicking here



Becoming a thoughtful traveller involves making conscious choices that benefit both the environment and the communities you visit. By adopting eco-friendly practices, supporting local business, and embracing mindful travel habits, you can create lasting memories while leaving a positive impact on the destinations you explore. Let's embark on a journey that's respectful, sustainable, and budget-conscious, making the world a better place. One adventure at a time.


Explore more about how to save money during your travels as a backpacker clicking here.



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