Friends, countrymen, global citizens - lend me your ears! If you’re a traveler of any kind - full time, part time, weekender, business, local or abroad, backpacker, destination specific, walker, runner, biker, surfer, diver, yogi - wherever you go and whatever you do when you get there, listen up!
You’ve probably heard this a few times, but the world has a Plastic Problem. And it’s serious!
Over the past 6 months Dustin and I have seen more plastic than we ever thought possible. On the beach, in the ocean, piled up at the roadside.
The disappointing part is that we’ve seen too many travelers and tourists purchasing bottled water like it’s going out of style. This is a huge contribution to the plastic problem in many developing countries. Even though some places say they recycle, they don’t have the facilities and infrastructure to handle the waste. So it ends up in open landfills and in waterways.
Well, my motto is, don’t just bring me problems, bring me solutions. So here ya go.
When you travel this summer, carry a reusable water bottle. There are many on the market. Our favorite is @hydroflask, it keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.
Most cities, towns and islands we’ve visited have locations where you can refill your bottle for free or a small fee, which is usually less than the cost of a bottle of water. These programs often have websites that list the refill stations in the area. And even if it’s not advertised, usually all you have to do is ASK.
Whenever we stay somewhere longer than a few days, we buy one of those refillable 5 gallon jugs and keep it in our room. Not only does it prevent plastic waste, but it saves us money.
So let your reusable bottle be an essential part of your travel arsenal. And while you’re at it, bring a reusable straw, plate, bowl, utensils. And please, for Mama Nature’s sake, say NO to single-use plastic!