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5 Ways to Be an Eco-Conscious Traveler
22 Apr 2019IdeBY SweetEscape

On 22 April annually, we celebrate Earth Day. Why? Simply because good planets are hard to find. Earth Day represents our support to the biggest living organism in the world, mother nature, and how we should protect her at all cost.

Humans and all the industries that follow, unfortunately, are the biggest source of waste - and tourism is no exception to that. Luckily though, we can do our parts to minimize the damage and maybe even lead an exemplary life, including during traveling. If you hope to be a more eco-conscious traveler, then let’s strive to these 6 ways from us below :

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1. Don’t Litter

There is no easier way to start being a more environmentally adept traveler than this one : Do Not Litter. Any waste that might come from your traveling, be it a single receipt paper, a used food container, or any trash that you produce should always end up in the proper disposal units.

The act of littering goes beyond personal irresponsibility, but also has economic, legal and environmental impacts that follow. So before you dismiss the importance no littering, think about the damaging effects to animals and plants that can cause loss to local tourism industry, or how millions of dollars spent in cleaning up could be put to better use. You’d change your mind for sure.

2. Reduce Plastic Use

Do you know? A plastic cup can take 50-80 years to decompose. An estimated of 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed each year, while more and more animals on land and water suffer directly from plastic garbage.

We know how easy and convenient plastic material is in human’s life, but it is highly advisable that all travelers think twice before using it and opt for a more environmentally friendly materials if possible.

Some of our favorite ways to reduce plastic use when traveling include not using plastic straws, bringing our own drinking bottle, and storing our shopping purchase in personal bags. What’s yours?

3. Hotel is Home

Will you only use fresh towel daily at home? Do you take extra long showers at home? Or do you leave your TV, aircon or lights on all the time at home? Probably not.

While we understand that it’s normal to indulge in luxury after spending money for your stay, adopting the “ hotel is home” concept when traveling is a great way to help save the energy that is hurting the environment and the tourism business. Bringing your own toiletries and skipping daily cleaning also help by miles.

4. Travel Light

Every kilo counts when flying, that is why they charge extra for baggage!

The more weight trains, planes, and cars have to carry, the more fuel will be used and the more greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. Packing light solves the problem, while also is a great solution to saving more money in the process. There’s no need to always maximize your baggage allowance - the environment will thank you for that.

5. Wise Transportation Choices

When it comes to traveling, transportation cannot be avoided but there are a few smart ways to work around it. If at all possible, try cutting back on the number of your flights by selecting direct flights or other mass transportation mode. It is also recommended to go for a walk or selecting the public transport, rather than hiring your own cab. Afterall, immersing with the locals or exploring on foot is what a true travel is all about. \

Whenever you want to go and start to be eco-conscious travelers, make it memorable with SweetEscape! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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Marhaban ya Ramadan! Tips Berpuasa Saat Bepergian Ke Luar Negeri ala Sivia Azizah
07 Mei 2019KisahBY SweetEscape

Marhaban ya Ramadan! Bulan suci Ramadan telah tiba, dan para Mulsimin dan Muslimah di seluruh dunia mulai berpuasa sebulan lamanya. Ramadan bukan hanya tentang menghindari makanan dan minuman, tapi juga tentang menjaga pikiran dan hati kita dari segala yang negatif dan membersihkan tubuh, hati, dan jiwa, hingga kembali fitrah untuk menyambut Idul Fitri di akhir Ramadan.

by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong
by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

Ramadan bukanlah merupakan halangan untuk para pelancong untuk pergi berlibur. Meski demikian, menemukan makanan yang tepat untuk sahur dan berbuka puasa seringkali menjadi cukup sulit saat kita sedang pergi ke negara lain, terutama jika kita sedang berlibur di negara-negara yang tidak memiliki populasi umat Muslim yang besar.

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Pengalaman ini juga pernah dirasakan oleh Sivia Azizah, salah satu penyanyi dan influencer modern Indonesia. Berbicara dalam acara peluncuran kampanye musim panas SweetEscape #MakeSummerMemorable, Sivia berkata bahwa ia tetap bersikap optimis saat bepergian di bulan puasa.

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

"Aku sih yakin bahwa ke mana pun kita pergi, bahkan ke negara yang mayoritas non-Muslim pun, pasti masih bisa ketemu makanan-makanan yang Halal. Misalnya, aku bisa ke supermarket atau mini market buat siapin makananku sendiri," ujarnya.

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

Seringkali, Sivia memanfaatkan salah satu kebiasaan umum orang Indonesia saat bepergian ke luar negeri. "Orang Indonesia suka banget 'kan bawa makanan dan saos-saos Indonesia waktu traveling ke luar negeri... Karena takut nggak cocok. Nah, aku rasa ini juga salah satu cara untuk memastikan kita punya makanan yang cocok dan halal buat Ramadan," kata Sivia.

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

"Sebenarnya, ya..." lanjutnya, "Aku tuh suka banget nyobain makanan lokal! Orang lain pada bawa kecap, sambel, kerupuk dari Indonesia waktu jalan-jalan ke luar negeri... Kalau aku sebenernya lebih seneng nyobain makanan lokal yang OG gitu! Nurut aku itu salah satu pengalaman paling berharga waktu kita sampai ke suatu negara lain."

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by Amber for SweetEscape in Hong Kong

"Aku orangnya kalo traveling hampir nggak pernah kuatir apakah makanannya bakal cocok atau nggak sama aku, bahkan di bulan Ramadan. Asal halal dan aku nyaman, kenapa tidak?" tambah Sivia. "Aku baru saja kembali dari liburan di India bersama beberapa teman. Mereka semua bawa kecap, saos, sambel, kerupuk, dan lain-lain dari Indonesia... Kayaknya cuma aku yang nggak bawa! Aku pada dasarnya suka masakan India, tapi ke mana pun aku pergi, aku rasa itu experience paling seru."

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"Menurutku, kuncinya adalah keep it simple. Aku rasa sahur dan berbuka itu nggak harus selalu makanan khusus. Bahkan kalau yang tersedia hanya roti dan air putih pun, aku rasa itu cukup."

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Ke mana pun rencanamu untuk bepergian di bulan Ramadan ini, abadikan momen spesialmu bersama SweetEscape! Kami menghubungkanmu dengan lebih dari 2000 fotografer profesional di lebih dari 400 kota di seluruh dunia untuk mengabadikan setiap momenmu di mana pun, kapan pun! Liburan musim panas ini, ikuti kompetisi Sweet Summer Escape! Kirimkan cerita dan foto musim panas terbaikmu dan menangkan tiga paket liburan gratis berdua 5 hari 4 malam ke Bangkok dan Khao Yai, plus sesi foto 2 jam gratis dari SweetEscape. Ikuti kompetisi kami sebelum tanggal 10 Mei 2019 and let's #MakeSummerMemorable

Sweet Summer Escape dipersembahkan oleh SweetEscape bekerja sama dengan Tourism Authoriy of Thailand dan didukung oleh Yuna & Co., Lancca, Optik Melawai, dan IZIRoam.

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