One Key Choice to Sustain the Sustainability Journey

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18 Responses

  1. Jessica Esa says:

    Wow, I really haven’t thought much about sustainable travel. This is really interesting and so true what you say about her animal brain taking over. Thanks for the enlightening article.

  2. Alex Rivera says:

    I had thought very little on travel and sustainability prior to reading this article. You have given me much to think about. Thank you!

  3. Jem says:

    A really important article that everyone should read. You have written a wonderfully insightful article that is completely relevant in this day and age. You have a style of writing that is easy to read, especially on such a serious topic

  4. Synz says:

    This is the kind of topic most travelers these days should read. A lot of the travelers these days travel for the sake of having that check mark on that bucket list. I must admit, I’m sometimes that kind of person. But, most of the time I’m always conscious of my action with regards to the environment, and the people around me.

    • Teja says:

      Awareness is the start of everything! It’s really hard to wake up from the habits that modern life primes us for. But I suggest that the next step would be to measure your impacts – for example by using a carbon offset calculator. I personally like for this, and found it surprisingly affordable to offset my emissions! Measuring also allows you to see what your impact is, compared to what you think it is. It could be as simple as starting to separate your waste – I found a lot to think about once I did that and looked at the things I was throwing away.

      Please share the message :)

  5. Hayley says:

    I feel like you’ve really grasped the crux of the issues around sustainability, in particular your theory about FOMO. I found this post more compelling than many sustainability campaigns out there and it’s given me personally a lot of feed for thought. I’m currently on a quest to say no to plastic wherever possible, but it’s incredibly challenging.

    • Teja says:

      It is – I tried doing it super seriously for a month (I did #plasticfreeapril!), and discovered just how pervasive it is. But it did highlight numerous specific things I could switch. I now use bamboo toothbrushes for example – and pleasantly surprised to find that the bristles last longer than the plastic ones! So that’s a nice side bonus!

      I feel encouraged that this post resonated. Please share the message to others; thinking and reflection is the first step to overcoming FOMO!

  6. Jyoti says:

    You’ve touched such an important topic. I wish everyone would travel sustainabley. But we have to start somewhere.
    Thanks for sharing the struggles. All the best.

    • Teja says:

      Exactly. We all must start, and trust that if we just keep going, we would change into a sustainable mindset. :)

  7. Nathan says:

    Great insights you have there on the topic of sustainable travel! It’s really important to ensure that when we are visiting foreign lands, we should behave in a considerate manner so that tourism does not adversely affect local culture and wildlife.

  8. Alice says:

    Very nice article. I agree with everything. It’s important to travel in a sustainable way… I hate when people don’t respect the place and the culture.
    I’m also into scuba diving myself. Always looking for the best place to dive. Going to finish my Dive Master in the next few months.

  9. Joy Generoso says:

    Thanks for sharing your insights. I don’t know what to say.

  10. Hiral says:

    I can only think two words in my mind. Well Said! Reading this post gave me a lot of information about sustainable travelling. Thanks for sharing ?

  11. Thanks for the input of sustainability! Personally I feel for most people it is difficult to make the connection between travel and sustainability, because holidays are a time of the year people want to spent as relaxed as they can and they do not want to think too much. I think a good start would be using buses and trains whenever possible.

    • Teja says:

      Exactly! That’s why the easiest way is to start with the mindset, and in daily life. You’ll see that in all three of my sustainable travel articles, not a single one is about ‘doing’ anything specific, since they are about long-term habit shifts – and almost every recommendation will enhance the quality of the travel experience itself!

  12. Danny says:

    Insightful post! Love your style of writing.

    Ever tried scuba diving at Perhentian? I was debating if it’s worth doing it.

    • Teja says:

      Thank you!

      Yes, it’s where I got my Advanced Open Water actually. Whether it’s worth it depends on your level. If you’re an experienced diver and really only keen on picking up the BEST dive sites, then I think skip Perhentian for, say, Sabah spots like Sipadan.

      If you just like diving, then Perhentian is great because it’s cheap to dive there, the dive centres are good and most of them Green Fins certified, and the dive spots are not bad. The reefs tend to bleach less than the more southerly islands on the east coast.

      But the best is if you intend to take your first open water certification – the PADI course is very affordable here, and sometimes comes with accommodation thrown in.

      See my beach/watersports guide for more info: