An estimated 1.5 billion people traveled internationally in 2019, according to the United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO). Despite less active travel in 2020, our world is more connected than ever, and modern transportation and technology make globe-trotting remarkably simple. But with increased travel has come an increased burden on the environment. The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) reported that 2.4 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions stemmed from commercial aviation alone. Growing concerns about environmental impact have lent popularity to the concept of eco-travel—using and promoting sustainable practices in the travel industry. Here are a few ways you can incorporate responsible travel into your future explorations.
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