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One of the few pros of the COVID 19 pandemic was how it gave the world a chance to breathe. Air quality has improved around worldwide, water quality is also improving, and in some areas, wildlife has begun to flourish again – in part because us humans have not been able to travel.

But if you are anything like me, you have probably spent the last twelve months or so dreaming of when you can visit somewhere new. And when we do get back to traveling, lots of us are committed to doing all that we can to maintain these positive changes. We want to reduce our footprint on the world. Who better to learn from about how to travel sustainably than travel influencers and bloggers committed to green solutions?

To learn more about staying green on the go, check out my favorite 15 sustainable travel influencers who are committed to green travel.

Top 15 sustainable travel influencers picks

#1 Photographer and ambassador for veganism and sustainability: Ashley Renne

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Professional photographer Ashley Renne from heyashleyrenne.com is dedicated to eco-travel as part of her passion for veganism and sustainability.  When she first became a travel influencer, it was all about the glamorous jet-setting lifestyle. However, she rebranded to show her passion for sustainability and smart home technology in 2018. Currently based in Atlanta Georgia, keep up with Ashley over on her blog, Insta, or Youtube channel.

#2 Where travel and sustainability meet: Bamboo and Backpacks

Promising to be the place where travel and sustainability meet, Bamboo and Backpacks is a sustainable travel blog. Caleb and Linda are traveling the world and taking pictures and making videos along the way. Over on their blog, you can find travel guides, tips and tricks and so much advice about how we can all make a conscious effort to be more green.

#3 Explore responsibly with help from: Brainy Backpackers

One of the top sustainable travel bloggers, Linn Hagland smiled over her shoulder at the camera, standing in a rocky landscape.
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One of the most popular travel blogs, Brainy Backpackers is the brainchild of Norwegian sustainable travel influencer, Linn Haglund. Encouraging people to explore responsibly, Linn’s blog is filled with excellent advice and tips for seeing the world. You can also follow Brainy Backpackers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to discover more about their amazing journey.

#4 Avoid flying with solo sustainable travel influencer: Earth Wanderess

Evelina Utterdahl is dedicated to the planet and she is passionate about doing all she can. A solo travel blogger who is traveling full time without flying, this is an excellent blog for anyone who is looking for advice on getting around without using planes. 

#5 Budget backpackers and sustainable travel influencers: Green Mochila

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Budget backpackers Anna and Anthony are living the eco dream as they travel across South America and Europe.  Their responsible travel blog is filled with all the goods and tips for staying green on your journey, as well as incentives to. You should also follow them on Facebook for your fill of travel and sustainability.

#6 Digital nomads: Green Shoestring Travel

The Green Shoestring is an up-and-coming blog by couple Sam and Ashley, Originally from Colorado, they are digital nomads who work whilst traveling the world. Inspiring readers and Instagram followers to make travel sustainable, they first began their journey in 2015. Then, it was not long before they realized the impact that over-tourism was having on some of the world’s most beautiful locations.

#7 Hyping responsible wanderlust: Green Global Travel

Two sustainable travel influencers stand with their arms around each other in front of a green valley, with a river winding through it.
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Created by sustainable travel influencers, Bret Love and Mary Gabbett in 2010, Green Global Travel is jam-packed with travel inspiration, responsible wanderlust, and outdoor adventures. Followed by over half a million, they keep their subscribers up to date as they trek the world whilst keeping green.

#8 Making a positive impact: Soul Travel Blog

Partners Ellie and Ravi are sustainable travel influencers with a mission. The blog was initially started by Elie during a six-month trip to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, and India. Today, it is filled with tips and tricks on how to leave a positive impact rather than a negative one when traveling the world.

#9 Motto? Green is the new black: Stefania Guglielmi

A sustainable travel influencer originally from Bologna, Italy, blogger Stefania Guglielmi is dedicated to traveling green. Her motto for life is ‘green is the new black’ and she is certainly living the dream. Plus, her fashion background means that she keeps looking glam whilst on her travels.

#10 Make a difference for communities you visit with: Miss Filatelista

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Lola Méndez is a freelance journalist and also pens the sustainable lifestyle and travel blog, Miss Filatelista. She has been on the road for a number of years and has visited 64 countries. A New Yorker with Uruguayan heritage, Lola is passionate about responsible travel. Her blog focuses on in-depth sustainability topics and features tons of ways that people can make a difference in the communities they visit.

#11 50 countries and counting: The Crowded Planet

Margarita Ragg and Nick Burbs are a husband and wife duo from Italy and Australia.

After meeting in London, the pair bought a one-way ticket to South America for an adventure of a lifetime. This is where they first created their popular travel blog, The Crowded Planet. They have since traveled to more than 50 countries in the last decade; promoting sustainable travel that avoids unnecessary flights along the way.

#12 Travel consciously with: The Mindful Mermaid

Promoting travel, lifestyle, and all things mindful, this aesthetic blog is filled with stunning imagery that will inspire wanderlust. Alex Schmidt is dedicated to conscious travel and sharing her eco-knowledge. As a result, she has been showcasing life on the road whilst working remotely as an SEO copywriter and Croatian travel agent.

#13 Speck on the Globe

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Abbie’s account of her sustainable trip around the world, Speck on the Globe is a stunning blog that is filled with tips and tricks. Originally from Pittsburgh PA, Abbie has been working remotely and traveling since 2013.

#14 Always off the beaten track: Two Dusty Travelers

For anyone looking to go off the beaten track and explore the world, the Two Dusty Travelers is filled with informative articles and beautiful imagery. When they’re not busy being sustainable travel influencers, Emily and Aaron are a nurse and a teacher, exploring the world whilst ensuring travel that is ethical and sustainable.

#15 Eco-friendly vegan and yoga teacher from: Water Thru Skin

Eco-friendly vegan Valeria Hinojosa is 32 years old and from Bolivia. After leaving the world of private banking, she became a certified Yoga teacher and set up the WaterThruSkin travel blog. She is also one of the top sustainability influencers on Instagram with over 170,000 followers.

Three quick tips for easy sustainable travel

One of the easiest ways to make your vacations more sustainable is by exploring locally. With flights being a huge contributor to your carbon footprint, it’s not surprising that your local trip is greener. If you do choose to go further afield, another way to travel more sustainably is to carefully select your airline and pay attention to the aircraft that you’ll be on: Many airlines are taking card to cut down on emissions.

Sustainability doesn’t always refer to the environment. A big part of traveling sustainably is be being respectful to local communities and contributing directly to them. Spend your money on locally owned businesses, learn about local customs and respect traditions.

You can find more tips on how to support local businesses and become a greener traveler through our favorite sustainable travel influencers!

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Everyone is moving to Berlin – The British singer-songwriter Lail Arad already used this phrase in her lyrics in 2010. This is also the song that Cheryl Howard from cherylhoward.com connects to Berlin. She knows all about the appeal of the vibrant city, the best spots in hidden corners and she is THE expert on expat life in Berlin. Coming from Canada, where people are actually really friendly 😉 she tells Berlin-newcomers how to deal with the sometimes harsh German attitude, language barriers, bureaucracy, but also the more fun stuff (soaking up arts, culture, nightlife!). Her blog cherylhoward.com is an excellent how-to guide for everyone coming from abroad (not necessarily though) who wants to know all about Berlin and the German lifestyle.

We had the honor to enjoy a little talk with Cheryl in our studio and she answered us even the hardest questions, giving us a little insight into her life. From working in a stable job and owning a house to traveling and falling in love with Europe and ending up in Berlin – her life has definitely been one crazy adventure. This is also what Cheryl’s autobiography would be called if she had one. Cheryl definitely has experienced a lot and that is why we love her and her blog.

Since we couldn’t get enough, we also asked Cheryl to write a blog post for us, which you can find here: She tells us even more detailed information about moving to Berlin & the struggles that come with it,  what this crazy adventure taught here and a little how-to guide for wannabe-Berliners. You should definitely check it out! Read the article here.

Check out the full video interview below and obviously her blog cherylhoward.com.

Cheryl, what’s your favorite weird word in German?

I don’t remember the exact word but there was something that one of the German accounts posted (they do like a word a day or something) and I forgot the exact word but it was a translation for a lower back tattoo and that it literally translates into like “ass-antlers” or something. So I thought that was really funny!

(That’s true, by the way – the word is “Arschgeweih” ;).

Have you ever experienced a culture shock?

Yeah, in lots of places. But probably because I’ve been in Germany the longest, Germany was the biggest culture shock so doing things like going to the German sauna for the first time and I grew up in a pretty conservative household so going to the sauna as like a North American person and having to be naked in front of other people was definitely a really interesting experience but a very freeing and positive one.

P.S. Have you got what it takes to be the next MyPostcard Blogger of the Month? Or do you want us to interview your favorite blogger? Then let us know in the comments or send us an email at social@mypostcard.com!