Nov. 9, 2021

Eco-Friendly Travel: How To Travel the World Sustainably

Eco-Friendly Travel: How To Travel the World Sustainably

Want to travel more sustainably? There are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint while satisfying your wanderlust. When Luana and Tom Simonson first met on Tinder, she was a Cirque du Soleil costume designer and he was a South Florida surfer. Today, they are the founders of Lutom World, an eco-friendly lifestyle brand.


Want to travel more sustainably? There are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint while satisfying your wanderlust.

When Luana and Tom Simonson first met on Tinder, she was a Cirque du Soleil costume designer and he was a South Florida surfer. Today, they are the founders of Lutom World, an eco-friendly lifestyle brand.

Luana is also the author of the Eco-Savvy Traveler Guidebook: Sustainable Tips from a World-Traveling Environmentalist.

In Episode 133 of Badass Digital Nomads, you'll learn:

- Tips on becoming an eco-savvy traveler;

- How Luana and Tom started their company from scratch;

-How to be productive working from home with a baby;

-The top travel destinations for eco-tourism;

-Crazy global pollution stats;

-And what Luana learned about conservation while touring the world with Cirque.

Tune in to learn small ways you can make a big impact on the planet! 🌎🌍🌏💗

Shop Kristin's Eco-Savvy Traveler list on Amazon here. 💚

EPISODE 133 TOPICS AND TIMESTAMPS:

  • How Luana scored her dream job traveling the world with Cirque du Soleil after growing up in Brazil [5:10]
  • Luana's favorite countries [9:10]
  • The staggering amount of trash Cirque du Soleil produces on tour. [13:06]
  • How to use the Rethink-Reduce-Refuse framework. [15:00]
  • Why the recycling industry is so misleading about plastic. [16:00]
  • How regular people can make a difference when it comes to sustainability. [17:00]
  • South Korea's recycling innovations. [22:00]
  • Designing with recyclable materials like fabric and plastic straws. [28:00]
  • The problem with plastic straws [29:00]
  • Climate change conference and impact on animals [32:39]
  • How travelers can be more sustainable and consume less [33:33]
  • Why Lu quit her dream job to start a company and work for herself. [40:00]
  • Luana and Tom's love story [41:00]
  • Organizing a beach cleanup in Mumbai, India with 10,000 volunteers [45:58]
  • The most and least polluted countries Lu has traveled to [47:00]
  • All about Lutom's eco-friendly products and activewear. [52:00]
  • Advice on working from home with your partner. [57:15]

Sustainable Travel and Tourism Tips: [33:33]

  • Reusable travel kits. 
  • Packing for the right climate. 
  • Local versus chain restaurants. 
  • Opting for green tourism. 
  • Bringing your own toiletries. 
  • Water filtration systems for countries without safe water. 
  • Traveling with a foldable bicycle. 
  • Shopping locally and avoiding souvenirs. 
  • Choosing silk or plant-based dental floss and recycled toothbrushes. 
  • Hosting or joining a beach clean-up abroad. 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

  • How did you join Cirque du Soleil? 
  • How many countries have you been to and what are some of your favorites? 
  • When did you start noticing the amount of waste created by Cirque? 
  • Why do small actions matter when it comes to global sustainability? 
  • Why did you leave your dream job to start your own business? 
  • What are the most and least polluted countries in the world? 
  • And much more (as usual)!

 

RESOURCES

Shop Kristin's Eco-Savvy Traveler list on Amazon. 💚

Help YouTube's Mr. Beast remove 30 million pounds of trash from the ocean by January 1st, 2022 with the #TEAMSEAS organization

Books:

Videos:

Podcasts:

Articles:

Sustainability Products & Organizations:

Kristin’s Amazon Travel Store

Lu & Tom’s Favorite Travel Destinations

  • Lindos Island, Greece
  • New Zealand
  • Israel
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Denmark

Connect with Luana & Tom:

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A special thank you to Kristin's 2021 Patrons: Teklordz, Walt, Shawn, Richard Y, Heather, Karen, Kiran, Scott, Michael J, Issac, Mike M, Yasmine, Erick M, Yohji, Gary R , Ron, Gary, Ray, Henry L, Kelly, Alejandra, Keith, Stephen, Warren, James, Daniel, Gary B, Emily, Rich, Aisha, Phil, Anthony, Jennifer, Kathleen, Natalie, Dave B, Brian, Christopher, CJ, David G, Mike R, Chip, Shelly, Ron, Paul, Andy, Jeffrey, Paulo, Stephen, and Michelle. 

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