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I have been on a bit of a hiatus this past 2 months, but I’m back to quickly talk about something very important: My home. Your home.
If you haven’t already realised, our home is in jeopardy. Our home, which is also home to over 8.7 million other species. Yes! 8.7 million, can you even fathom that? And with this planet we call home consisting of only 30% land, the other 70% is the Ocean!
I’m sure we’ve all seen the images of the sea turtle with a plastic straw up his nostril, and turtles eating plastic. I think it is high time all this comes to an end.
I love the ocean. There is nowhere I feel free-er than when I’m out in the ocean (getting my diving license has been on the top of my bucket list since 2016 now but I digress). So it pains me to hear that our oceans are increasingly getting polluted, which has become a serious problem for the many animals who call the ocean their home!
I know sometimes it seems like it’s too big a problem that is beyond our control, but there are small little steps we can take to make a difference.
One way we can play our part is to reduce plastic consumption, especially one-use plastics such as straws and plastic bags! And, with the USA using 500 million straws every day (enough straws to circle around the Earth 2.5 times!), that’s a lot of trash and potential litter. It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose, so the straws that we use for probably less than an hour will outlive us! And every year, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic.
It doesn’t take much to bring your own reusable bags (available on Amazon and AliExpress) when you go shopping and say ‘no’ to plastic bags. And say ‘no’ to plastic straws and bring your own metal straw (available on Amazon and AliExpress)! They are all the rage now btw.
Make this your personal commitment to say “no” to plastic straws and bags. Whenever you order a drink, politely request “no straw, please.”
You’ve got more power than you think. Want to take your impact even further? Use your own paper, glass, bamboo, or stainless steel straw instead, and start a conversation.
I have just taken my first step and purchased reusable stainless steel straws, and you can too! They come in all sorts of colors to suit your personality. I got mine in mermaid blue and gold!
Let me know if you’re in on this movement and what other steps you’ve taken to help reduce plastic consumption! Together, we can save our planet!
Save the planet, spread the word!
MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS & RESOURCES
Here are my top travel tips and resources to help you save money and plan your trips effectively! If you're looking for more tips, head over to my travel tips resource page or my comprehensive guide on trip planning.
- Booking Flights: When it comes to finding great flight deals, I always start my search on Google Flights or Skyscanner. To save some cash, consider flying mid-week or on the weekends, opt for carry-on only with budget airlines, and be open to red-eye or early morning flights. Check out my in-depth guide on how I find the cheapest flights.
- Accommodations: I'm a stickler for finding the absolute best deals on my stays, so I will obsessively oscillate between a few booking sites: Booking.com (in general) and Agoda (for Asian destinations). When it comes to vacation rentals, there's Airbnb or VRBO.
- Travel Insurance: It's always a wise decision to purchase travel insurance for international trips. I can't stress this enough - it's highly recommended! For international travel insurance, I suggest considering World Nomads or SafetyWing. SafetyWing, in particular, stands out as one of the few policies that cover Covid-19. They also offer excellent monthly policies that are perfect for digital nomads and long-term travelers!
- Travel Credit Card: My go-to travel credit card for booking trips is the Wise travel card. I love that there are no foreign transaction fees, so I can pay like a local and never get any surprises at the end of my trip. You can also withdraw cash from the ATMs wherever you are. With Wise, you are always guaranteed the best exchange rate, and I have saved sooo much money just by using this card. Most of the time, I get charged the exchange rate I see on Google, plus or minus a few cents.
- Tours: Most times, I prefer traveling independently but sometimes, getting a guide and a local's perspective makes the experience all the more enriching. When it comes to tour bookings, I trust Viator and GetYourGuide to provide me with excellent options. In Asia, I choose Klook as they are the biggest provider in the region. Plus, you can often get entrance tickets and discounted prices!
- Transportation: To navigate through public transit options and plan my journeys from one place to another, I rely on Rome2Rio. When it comes to rental cars, I compare rental companies and find the best deals through DiscoverCars.
- Connection: It's essential to me to have seamless connectivity wherever I go. I need it to navigate to new places, Google what's around me, and keep in touch with my loved ones. But fumbling around with multiple SIMs has always been a nightmare, which is why I choose Airalo when I travel. No more switching SIMs, just purchase a plan on your phone, on the go, anywhere, and stay connected.
- Luggage Storage: Whenever I need to check out early or take advantage of a long layover, I securely store my luggage with LuggageHero. It's a reliable service that allows me to roam around freely. As a bonus, you can use this link to enjoy your first hour of FREE luggage storage on me!
- What to Pack: I always have packing anxiety once I've left home—you know the phantom feeling that you've forgotten something even though you've checked 372836 times. So I made my own packing list and use it religiously before every trip, and by religious I mean I tick off that list at least 7 times before I zip up my bag. Check out my in-depth packing list here.