While it is important to travel, it is equally important to respect the environment. According to Responsible Centre for Travel, there´s an increasing number of companies that want to help travelers to minimalise as much as possible their impact on the destinations they are visiting. But…Have you asked yourself what can you do as an individual to contribute to sustainable tourism? Have a look at these top eco apps that will make it much easier for you whenever you go abroad. Here’s a link to our article about 10 Best Eco Hostels
5 Top Eco Apps for Responsible Travelers
Good Guide: Buy your own values
“Eat, stay and buy locally”, says travel writer and journalist, Ondine Cohane. Whenever we go abroad we need to remember something: Trying to minimalise as much as we can the impact on the local culture and community. One easy way to avoid all these practices is consuming ethical products and services. Good Guide helps you to find safe, healthy, green and socially responsible products based on scientific ratings.
- Eat With: Taste local food with the locals!
Are you a food lover and a responsible traveller? If the answer is yes, then this app might be something of your interest. EatWith is an innovative app that helps people to get in touch with locals who are happy to show you the best of their cuisine and to invite you to have dinner in the heart of their living room. This idea born in Israel, is something between a blind date and the food experience, says Guy Michlin, one of the app’s owners. This app is currently available for over 20 countries in North America, South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
- Pack for a purpose: Give something in return
What if in addition to visiting a new country you decide to bring something for the community? Back For Purpose is an app that has been designed with one thing in mind: the importance of caring about others. Users just need to browse through the app and find participating lodges. You will be able to find out which local projects are being developed within the community and what items you can provide from your home country. Remember, the last step is just to remember it and put it in your suitcase!
- Expedia App: Stay at an eco-friendly hotel
Who says that hospitality and sustainability can´t be a good match? Finding an eco-friendly place to stay during your trip can be a proper challenge. A good example of how the information is displayed on the screen is the A&O Berlin Mitte. Once you have selected the hotel you will be able to see the information regarding its affiliation as a sustainable and green property. In this case, the hotel was certified by VIABONO, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federal Environmental Agency.
- Cabmix: Share your taxi with others
It’s an everyday practice in most countries of South America, however, we don’t normally do it when we go abroad. Sharing a taxi from the airport to the centre of the city is a brilliant way to contribute to responsible tourism. The Catalan company, Micotuco, has launched an app called Cabmix that lets you find travellers also looking for cabs to get to the centre of the city from the airport. This is definitely a good way to meet people and save money.
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Author Bio: Marta López is a lifestyle and travel writer based in London. She loves travelling and meeting new cultures. When she isn´t writing on her laptop, she can be found around the city looking for the best street food markets and downloading the latest app for iPad.