Eco friendly globe-trotters are often faced with dilemmas while planning a trip since many of the activities associated with travel (round trip flights, dining in restaurants, vehicle/boat tours) can be damaging to the environment. Not to worry!

With some planning before you leave and these five incredibly useful apps, you can reduce your carbon footprint by engaging in sustainable travel practices and supporting local businesses that maintain a commitment to being green.

Green Globe

This app launched in 2011, and, through multiple updates, has remained true to its original purpose: helping travelers locate sustainable resorts, hotels, conference centers, attractions, and tour experiences, so you can hop off your round trip flights and into an eco friendly place to stay! Key features include photos, descriptions of member businesses, and direct links to booking, map location, and videos. The businesses included in the app all meet Green Globe’s rigorous selection criteria, including a checklist of over 40 elements (from recycling to energy used to invest in the local community). All this to say, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you’ve chosen a hotel through this app. (Free)

Want to save some green while being eco friendly? Find cheap round trip flights right here!

Spinlister

One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling is to use a bike as your primary form of transportation once you get to your destination city. Spinlister removes the barrier of where to find a bike to rent or borrow by providing a platform for connecting bike owners with travelers around the globe. The process is as easy as can be, and will get you on two wheels in no time. (Free)

Happy Cow

With all of that biking, you’re sure to work up an appetite. If veganism is part of your approach to living a more sustainable lifestyle, Happy Cow’s got you covered. This useful app will help you locate vegan restaurants in over 185 countries. Read reviews; scroll through photos; and map out directions to vegan-friendly bakeries, grocery stores, farmers markets, juice bars, coffee shops, and more!  ($3.99)

EatWith

Would you like to enjoy an outdoor dinner party in the South of France? A cooking class in Barcelona? A wine tasting in Lisbon? EatWith connects locavore foodies around the globe looking to share eco friendly culinary experiences. Special attention is paid to sustainable food culture and super local cuisine. Scrolling through the stunning in-app photos is enough to make your mouth water. (Free)

You may also like: Going Green and Giving Back: How to Be a More Eco-Friendly and Socially Responsible Traveler

#Climate

This efficient, visually appealing app is a great way to learn about climate issues and environmental movements worldwide. Download it before your flight and spend some time exploring the major environmental issues at your travel destination and what you can do to help. This is also a great app for younger travelers to use to learn more about the worldwide effects of climate change and what they can do about it. (Free)

 

What are some of your favorite eco friendly apps to use while traveling? Let us know in the comments section.

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Tasmiah Rashid

In a past life, Tasmiah was either a Bollywood actress, renowned ethnographer or master chef; no questions asked. In this one, she is a shower-singing, croissant enthusiast, who also writes content for Fareportal, in that order.