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How can I minimise my carbon footprint on my trip?

How can I minimise my carbon footprint on my trip?

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Showing off our beautiful island is always a pleasure but to maintain its beauty, we need our visitors to travel as sustainably as possible.

Before you even arrive in Dublin, your environmental impact has already begun and how you choose to get there is very important. If travelling by plane, you should try to get direct flights at off-peak times, travel economy, and pack as light as possible to save plane fuel usage. If you’re getting there by ferry, opt for a less busy travelling time.

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Dublin city is very walkable meaning that you’re able to check out most of its charm by foot as you wonder through the streets. However, that’s bound to get tiresome so a fun alternative is to rent a bike from one of the various dublinbikes stations dotted around for an enjoyable way to take in Dublin at a low cost (economic and environmental).

Getting from A to B in Dublin by public transport is very simple with regular buses, trains and trams running through the city daily. This is the best travel option when venturing out into Dublin’s suburbs and seaside towns with a fantastic view of the coastline from a window seat on the DART, our coastal train. Download the Transport for Ireland Journey Planner app to easily plan your trip in advance.

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For a more adventurous, yet sustainable way to experience Dublin, paddle along the River Liffey by kayak on one of the City Kayaking tours. And for an extra special day out, try the Music Under the Bridges kayak tour where you’ll stop under Dublin’s iconic bridges to listen to fantastic musicians playing from safety boats. The acoustics are unbelievable!

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Once you’ve returned home, be sure to check out sites like Go Carbon Neutral, Vita and South Pole. These sites allow you to calculate your carbon footprint from your trip where you can then offset your emissions in various ways like sponsoring reforestation initiatives, donating to programmes in less developed countries or supporting renewable energy projects.

These are just a few ways that you can minimise your carbon footprint when visiting the fantastic city of Dublin! How do our community members think you’ll be touring around Dublin on your next visit?

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