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. But, 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.

Strava

Eco-friendly apps biking strava

If you and your friends have a bit of a competitive streak, this app is for you. With Strava, you’ll be extra motivated to cycle, cycle, cycle! While being great for the environment, it will also be great for your overall health, and this is definitely something you can use while you’re on vacation, whether you bring your own bike or rent one on the go. Strava allows you to track your progress on the pace, distance, and calories burned during your bike ride; you’ll also be able to analyze your improvement over time. The app is chock-full of different routes and trails you can access. And, best of all, you can share and compete with your friends. But, biking isn’t the only activity you can track. The app also includes tracking for swimming, yoga, rock climbing, and more. Contribute to the environment while you break a sweat! (Free)

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)

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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)

Fair Food Forager

Eco-friendly apps traveling sustainable eating

Fair Food Forager is designed to make sustainable eating that much easier for travelers. Download the app and you’ll have access to local food resources and a variety of small business options, as well as tips and tricks to eating and shopping ethically. You can join a community of other eco-savvy travelers online and share recipes and tips, and maybe even turn your search for a place to eat into an adventure. Just as its name suggests, you’ll be exploring sustainable, local, ethical and delicious options in no time. What more could you want from an eco-friendly app? (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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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.