Sustainable in NEPAL | An Honest Review of My Travel

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  1. john says:

    nice post ….kepp sharing posts like this….very informative…..

  2. Holly Flint says:

    Imagine if all travel writers included even just a line or two about sustainable travel in their stories – thanks for sharing your wisdom and some simple actions we can all take to become more cognizant travelers.

    • Teja says:

      Yes! I personally believe that the biggest impact will come from when sustainable elements are normalised into travel, not special things that some people do.

  3. Shane Marcus says:

    Great content. Thank you for exploring Nepal.

  4. 7x Energy says:

    I would love to visit Nepal!

  5. Margarida says:

    That’s a great article. Thank you so much for putting together this very useful information.

  6. Lauren Blake says:

    Very interesting and useful guide … really enjoyed reading sustainable travel guides and experiences… Thanks for sharing this fantastic post.

    • Teja says:

      You’re welcome! I believe in sharing the experience of applying sustainable tips, because it doesn’t always go the way you imagine, and setbacks are useful insight too. Not to mention, it makes others feel better about messing it up the first few tries!

  7. Kim Mibram says:

    What an extensive and informative guide to traveling! I’m definitely bookmarking this for future reference!

  8. Anna says:

    Interesting article and couldn’t stop reading Teja. Way to go! I was born in Nepal and appreciate when fellow travelers do their bits to help the community. Thanks

  9. Ricarda Christina Hollweg says:

    I traveled to Nepal some years ago and some aspects are new to me like the plastic recycling or the female travel guides. Very interesting and uselful guide on how to travel Nepal responsibly. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Marya says:

    Now that you’ve mentioned about the container, I think you’ve made a really good point. Especially when you travel solo, and sometimes a portion of some dinner is too much to finish in one sitting. And you think about how much money that you spent for said dinner, and you want to take the leftover so maybe you can eat it later. The idea never came across to me, but I think it’s really useful as it can also be used to carry some snack back home for me to eat during the flight. Plus, I hate aircraft meals, so it sounds like a win-win. Thank you for sharing! :D

  11. Great post, and great effort! And good on you for getting the ethical cashmere shop happening, that’s a really excellent and exciting initiative. Love reading sustainable travel guides and experiences. You are inspiring others to travel responsibly too, which is awesome :)

    • Teja says:

      Thank you! Getting it happening is one thing – making it successful is proving to be quite another! It’s all great experience though!

  12. Victoria says:

    Wow ethical cashmere and supporting women guides sounds truly amazing! I’m looking into doing some things differently in the future when travelling, especially reducing plastic waste. I will invest in a water bottle with filter as a first step!

    • Teja says:

      I’m so happy for you! You will not regret it – in fact, you will wonder why on earth you did it the other way all this time!

  13. sarah says:

    Can I just say that you are amazing and I am so impressed that you traveled alone and did all this!? Soo impressive!!! Thanks for sharing all the great organizations to support and amazing tips!!

    • Teja says:

      I’ll tell you a secret. All I did was looked at my budget, and picked out a few things that I would spend money on, and thought about how that money could buy me what I wanted, but also maximised value/minimised negativity for others. They say when you buy something, you’re basically voting for all that it is. I’m really grateful for the people who already organised to make this easy for me – so I am happy to promote them!

      And the rest was just being curious (tip 2 in my Essentials for Sustainable Travel! http://tejaonthehorizon.com/sustainable-travel/essential-next-steps-for-sustainable-travel/)

  14. richa says:

    Beautiful article! I love the idea of Packing with a purpose. Although I don’t do it on all my travels but every time I go back home to India I make sure to carry a pack of clothes that I don’t wear anymore and distribute it to the lesser privileged. A great initiative Teja!

    • Teja says:

      That’s what I thought too! I’ve no idea who is behind keeping all that information up to date, but definitely worthy to support. Although I guess even without the website you already pack for a purpose LOL ! Share it around just in case someone is willing to take on the extra trouble/ slow travel opportunity.

  15. Viviane Claire Feeney says:

    Those leaf plates are genius! Not only biodegradeable, but require no washing up and are probably better for you to consume from, given it’s all natural.
    Also, just a heads up; yeshelpinghands.org is up and running again!

    Much love!
    sunsurfandcoconut.blogspot.com

  16. Mayuri Patel says:

    These are such great tips for travelling responsibly and sharing your life with others.We can help in anyway.This is also on how travel can help others anywhere in the world.Great post
    Thank you for sharing it

    • Teja says:

      I think that a lot of travel and tourism assumes that just because you came, the locals are happy. My aspiration is to get myself into the mindset whereby, if I travel somewhere, the host community is happy that I came. I think that’s a different way of explaining sustainable travel, and maybe it’s a more relatable one?

  17. Mayuri says:

    Thank you for sharing such an eye opening article, there are so many things that can be done to promote sustainability. Some of the options that you mentioned here are actually traditional and unique – like leaf plates. In India, when we eat from leaf plates, they also taste amazing :)

    • Teja says:

      In Malaysia, we used to eat with banana leaf as a plate, and even longer before that, we used to cook in bamboo, but we never wove leaves into plates like these!

  18. Kris says:

    I’ve never heard of Packing with a Purpose before! It sounds like something I’ll have to look into for my next trip. Some of the other changes you noted seem so small, but if everyone makes those efforts it can have a huge effect.

  19. Leigh says:

    These are such great tips and many would work well for any destination! I love that you found a company of female porters in Nepal, that’s definitely what I would want to do as well. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love that you highlight a spot where you fell short of your goals – and then offered interesting ways in improvise. I’m the same with bags… and I totally kick myself when I forget (even when grocery shopping an using the bulk section I like to bring reusable containers). And the bananas + elastic was super clever!

    • Teja says:

      I absolutely believe in being honest with fails as well as successes. I think that way we can learn from each other’s mistakes and see them as a natural part of change (and not feel like maybe these mistakes are me alone…)!

  21. I am completely fascinated by the Packing for a Purpose! I want to find a way to travel and bring something useful. I think it’s such a splendid idea. Great article!

    • Teja says:

      That’s what I thought! OK so my attempt could have been better executed – but I will try again!

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