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How to Holidays In The Mountains In An Environmentally Friendly Way?

How to Holidays In The Mountains In An Environmentally Friendly Way?

Why do so many people like to spend their holidays in the mountains and go hiking? On the one hand, this certainly has something to do with the feeling of being close to nature. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, you can relax much better. The keyword is deceleration. In addition, you discover something new and beautiful everywhere: a flower by the side of the road, the scent of the earth, the vastness of the sky.

The way is the goal: Use environmentally friendly means of transport

When holidaying in the mountains or on long-distance hiking trails, it is particularly important to move in harmony with nature. You should also take this into account when you arrive. Driving or even flying? If possible, nature lovers should use other means of transport.

Many hiking paradises are wonderfully connected to public transport or the train. So you can travel by train without any problems and save a lot of CO2. There are often buses that take hikers from A to B. The best thing to do is to simply ask the responsible tourist office .

Or you can opt for Bike & Hike , i.e. covering part of the route by (e-)bike and then climbing the next peak on foot. In this way you are independent, can set your own pace and enjoy a lot of exercise in the fresh air.

Holidays in the mountains: This way you don't harm nature and the environment

On the hike itself there are a few things to consider in order not to pollute the environment. Many of these are self-explanatory, but it is often good to actively revisit how we can treat our mother earth with respect .

1. Garbage disposal

First and foremost is of course the garbage . In nature, the rule applies: take your rubbish back down into the valley with you! Most people still understand that plastic bags and bottles are waste. But did you know that banana peels and paper handkerchiefs also pollute the environment and are only completely composted after two or three years?

Some types of rubbish even pose a threat to the animal inhabitants and plants of the hiking regions. The flora and fauna in which you move should be protected. Just one cigarette butt per liter of water is enough to kill half of the fish swimming in it - smaller aquatic animals usually react even more sensitively to the toxins. It takes about 10 to 15 years for a filter to decompose naturally. Added to this is the risk of fire in dry regions. Cigarettes that have been carelessly thrown away have caused devastating forest fires.

2. Stay on the official paths & avoid noise

You should always stay on the hiking trails instead of smashing your way through the bushes - the danger of destroying sensitive vegetation in the long term is too great. In addition, you and all inhabitants of forest and meadows should have the opportunity to enjoy the silence . Loud noises startle animals and ensure that you won't see any rabbits hopping or deer grazing. Also, when crossing cow pastures , you should not be too loud or make quick, hectic movements so as not to panic the animals.

3. Be careful with fireplaces

It is a particularly beautiful experience to spend the night in the great outdoors and look out for shooting stars. The important thing is that if you start a fire, you have to keep a close eye on it. Special campfire sites are best . Before proceeding further, you should definitely make sure that the fire is safely extinguished . To do this, either pour water over the embers or smother the last glow with earth.

Fair wear: Stock up on eco hiking clothes

Holidays in the mountains are not a fashion walk. So it doesn't always have to be the latest trends or the colors of the season. Nevertheless, it is of course useful to have a good basic set of clothing suitable for hiking, especially if you are regularly out and about.

Environmentally friendly outdoor clothing no longer necessarily consists of synthetic fibers that are not biodegradable, but of natural fibers (e.g. merino wool) or recycled polyester . It is also worth examining more closely which harmful chemicals (e.g. fluorocarbons) were used during production.

Natural fibers are a lot more environmentally friendly, don't smell even after long wear and usually just last longer than their synthetic fiber counterparts. And nothing is better for the environment than a shirt that you can still wear in five years, or a pair of hiking socks that can actually be easily darned.

Reusable: pack provisions properly

Of course, what applies to clothing also applies to everything else that goes into your backpack. Instead of a plastic bottle from the supermarket, you should buy your own drinking bottle . It should be light so you don't have to lug it heavier, and BPA-free is also important.

It is best to find out in advance whether you can fill up your bottle on the go and whether the water is drinkable or only becomes drinkable with a water treatment tablet. Alternatively, there are also drinking bottles with an integrated filter.

In addition to the right drinking bottle, you should also fill a lunch box with provisions and not be out and about with aluminum foil or plastic bags. This has several advantages: With the right snack, you can look forward to the next break and a new energy boost. In addition, you can feast with a clear conscience, preferably products from the region and healthy snacks that give you the right energy.

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