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Travel sustainably: how to minimize the biggest travel sins

It's summer and therefore holiday time - people are traveling and that's a good thing. But you just have to always be aware of the effects this has. Sometimes the most beautiful places in the world are not so environmentally damaging to travel to.

It's summer and therefore holiday time - people are traveling and that's a good thing. But you just have to always be aware of the effects this has. Sometimes the most beautiful places in the world are not so environmentally damaging to travel to.

Nachhaltiges Reisen

Sustainability should shape all areas of life if it is truly lived convincingly. But especially when on vacation, even those who otherwise buy from organic farmers, avoid plastic and don't drive a car sin. Tour operators know from experience: on vacation, customers want to have fun and take some distance. Sometimes even the desire to save the world. However, it cannot be denied that traveling in particular causes considerable damage. And that doesn’t just apply to CO2 emissions.

Our holiday fun: where we “sin” the most

It is very clear that air travel suddenly wastes many bonus points collected elsewhere in your lifestyle. Airplanes emit CO2 that makes you dizzy. And air travel is still so cheap, especially the popular city weekends at mini-fares, but also all-inclusive tours for little money in Africa, Asia or the Caribbean. Such offers are indeed not sustainable. But would a cruise be a good idea? Again, no. Because the ocean giants harm the environment at least as much, no one can examine exactly how much waste they dump in the sea, and no one wants to take a close look at the working conditions of the crew. And the example of Venice shows what consequences the daily entry of large ships can have. Here the enormous bow waves are damaging the foundations of the palazzi, and the swarms of tourists are increasingly driving local Venetians out of their own city.

Are there alternatives – and how do you travel more sustainably?

Alternatives do indeed exist, and they are actually very worthwhile. Because if you don't spend hours at the airport or sitting in traffic jams in your car, the holiday fun begins much earlier and the recovery is also more sustainable for the traveller. Basically: you don't have to wander into the distance, quite the opposite.

Those who live in the city and simply stay at home on vacation benefit from empty streets and parks and can often enjoy special holiday offers from the municipalities, especially for families with children. But if you do need a change of scenery, you have two options for traveling “green” – either by train or with a rideshare. Traveling by train slows down, and especially on long-distance journeys you can enjoy the journey and not just the destination. If you want to be particularly relaxed, you can cover longer distances in a sleeping car train. It doesn't cost more than an overnight stay in a mid-range hotel!

And for the sociable, riding with others is a way to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from driving and perhaps meet nice travel companions in the process. Internet platforms bring drivers and passengers together and ensure that even longer journeys can be completed at affordable prices.

A type of travel that dates back to the 19th century is often underestimated. Century was not that rare - namely on foot. In recent years, however, more and more people are discovering so-called pilgrimage routes for themselves. Particularly popular: the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. You don't have to be that religious for that. Traveling on foot helps you reflect on yourself, slow down a gear (or several) and become more mindful. The Way of St. James runs through all of Europe. The first step often begins on your own doorstep. And you don't have to walk all the way to Santiago.

And if you still want to go overseas?

If you want to travel to Africa or America, you can hardly avoid taking a plane. In this case, experts recommend staying at least long enough for the flight to be worthwhile - also ecologically - i.e. at least two, preferably three weeks. It goes without saying that such a vacation can only be combined with a green conscience every few years.

But it's not just about nature!

Sustainable travel should also take into account the integrity of the destinations and the lives of the people there. And here too the traveler can do a lot. For example:

  • Do not travel to countries where the human rights situation is questionable.
  • Avoid overcrowded, “trendy” vacation spots - you'll get ripped off here anyway, and the influx of tourists isn't good for the area.
  • Travel outside of peak travel times if at all possible.
  • Avoid staying in international hotel chains, but choose hotels or resorts operated by local companies.
  • Go on trips and shop at local sources, eat at local restaurants.
  • Use public transport even on holiday.
  • Produce as little waste as possible while on the move.


 In summary, you should travel in such a way that the people where you are traveling are as happy as you are about the trip. And you can make a really big contribution to this with just a little effort!

Everyone can and should take part NIKIN shows us how to do it

Although we at NIKIN are primarily concerned with sustainable materials in the fashion industry and fight against global deforestation, it is important to think sustainably in other areas of life too. We want to motivate people to rethink their lifestyle and possibly make it more sustainable.

It's summer vacation time and despite the ongoing climate debates, many people are still traveling to the farthest corners of the world. We don't want to point the finger at holiday travelers, but instead show alternatives to planes and cruise ships. Because: Traveling is beautiful and important. But you can plan your trip in such a way that you don't harm the environment or the people at your destination - and still experience a lot of holiday fun!

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