GUEST POST - 5 Ways To Have A Sustainable Honeymoon Hotel Stay, by Sustainable Living and Travel Blogger, Kayla Ihrig
8th July 2019
After all the work going into planning your big day, you and your partner deserve the most spectacular honeymoon. With these sustainable honeymoon tips, you can not just have a romantic and beautiful trip, but a more earth-friendly one as well.
1. Don’t use the freebies
This means passing on the tiny shampoo bottles, shower caps and even bar soap.
Bring your own bar soap from home for body wash, and then after showering leave it next to the sink. This can help you from using the tiny (and to be honest, usually low quality) packaged bar soap that’s provided.
If you don’t normally travel with bar soap, I have five points that may be able to persuade you. A case for why you should travel with bar soap instead of liquid on your sustainable honeymoon:
- If you’re flying, there’s no limit on how much soap you can take.
- Solids don’t have a risk of leaking and causing a huge mess in your bag.
- They’re generally cheaper than liquid products.
- Solids are lighter, which helps if there’s a weight limit on your luggage or if you’ll be carrying your bag on your back.
- Bar soaps generally have a smaller footprint than bottled soaps: they last a long time, you are less likely to use more than you need, they don’t come in a plastic bottle and can be bought with simpler ingredients.
A tip on transporting bar soap: some people complain that bar soap is messy to transport. On the contrary, it’s easy and low-mess with one simple trick. Buy or sew a wash rag pouch and you can toss the soap right in, even if it’s still wet. As long as the wash rag is dry then your soap will be fine.
2. Report hotel room equipment that has problems
Have you ever been in a room with a leaky faucet that drips endlessly? Or a toilet that runs all night? Or an air conditioner that’s broken and only goes on full blast, making you pile on every blanket in the room to stay warm?
I don’t like to complain, so I used to just let all those things go and not mention it to the hotel staff. However, that is certainly not in the best interest of the environment or the hotel, which loses money with water and electricity running unnecessarily.
Kindly mention it to staff or leave a note on a comment card to bring it to their attention. They very well might not be aware that something isn’t working properly. If you help get a broken piece of equipment fixed, then you’re sustainable honeymoon is helping reduce waste long after you return home!
3. Use towels as you normally do at home
It might be fun to use a freshly washed and folded towel every day, but the footprint of your stay goes up with every freshly washed towel. If you would normally use the same towel for a week at home, but instead use a new towel every day at a hotel, you use 7x the water, detergent and energy as you normally would.
Certainly don’t use a dirty towel to save resources, but consider whether or not your towels really do need replaced. A day-old towel won’t make your honeymoon seem any less luxurious.
4. Be vigilant about energy usage
What’s the point of leaving a lamp on in your hotel room when you leave in the evening? We've all been guilty of it before, but use energy like you would at home. Don’t leave the television running or the lights on while you’re gone.
5. Show there’s consumer demand for sustainable travel
Leave suggestions for more environmentally-friendly practices in your hotel review. The function of reviews is to help the hotel know how it can better serve its guests. Let them know that you’d be happier with more sustainable practices. If the hotel didn’t advertise as an eco-hotel, don’t penalise them for it, but kindly offer some suggestions. Here’s a recent Trip Advisor review I left for a hotel in Lisbon, Portugal:
With a sustainable honeymoon, you’ll be starting your marriage with some good karma in the bank. To have an even more sustainable honeymoon, please check out 26 Things To Pack For Sustainable Travels.
By Kayla Ihrig, sustainable living and travel blogger at www.writingfromnowhere.com. Kayla is also wedding planning and planning her own sustainable honeymoon!
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