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I'm Tara.

I'm just a silly little girl who likes to go places and tell her silly little stories.

SLK documents the adventures I've had across 5 continents & who I've become on my journeys. 

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5 simple ways to travel 'greener'

5 simple ways to travel 'greener'

I'm far from perfect. I fail thousands of ways every day. But, I'm learning constantly and seeing the parts of the world I have has allowed me to understand the footprint I make anywhere I visit. I recently read an article about the damage every flight does to the environment, and it left me feeling sick to my stomach. Since I've begun this journey towards being more aware of the footprint I leave, I realized there are so many little ways to help the Earth. I'm always trying to do better and offset the damages of my on-the-go lifestyle. 

Here are 5 simple ways everyone can do their part for the planet...

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1. Stop sucking

Admittedly, I forgot to bring the reusable straws on my trip. I felt a very guilty. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon BambooLao straws at my favourite {and the only existing} Mexican place in LPB. I quickly purchased three {for the equivalent of only $4, whoop1}. I've stuck them in my backpack, so now they are ready whenever I need them. 

2. Reusable water bottle

More times than not, however, hotels and guest houses {as well as many restaurants} offer clean water refills. So, why buy a new plastic throw away bottle every time you need a drink?   

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3. Shampoo 

The harsh chemicals we use in the shower don't just disappear. They leave their own marks on the environment, particularly water systems. In Luang Prabang, a city where two rivers meet, the water contamination is noticeable right out of the gate. Laundry detergents, shampoo, body wash-- you can see it all visibly being used in the river here. Post-hair-chop, I've been able to fully utilize the Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar. I keep it in a reusable tin, which can also be purchased at LUSH stores or online. I also recently discovered a farmer's market vendor in South Carolina who makes shampoo bars with essential oils that I've found to be almost identical to the LUSH version, only for about 1/2 the cost. Alternatives are everywhere if we only open our eyes!

4. Bring a backpack

"Plastic bags everywhere for everything all the time!" - Southeast Asian motto, basically. By doing something as simple as bringing my backpack with me wherever I go, I make it easy to say 'no' to plastic bags at checkouts or markets and easy to carry things back to my accommodation. 

5. Conscious-minded shopping at the night market

I've written a guide to night market shopping, and in it, I mention how important it is to think critically about what we purchase. By purchasing items produced locally for a fair price, you're contributing positively to the economy and promoting values of ethical tourism. 

 

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There you have it. 5 seriously simple ways to travel greener!

What ways are you helping the planet while you wander?

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