World Water Day: How You Can Help When You Travel

by Khaila Gentle

Every year on March 22nd, countries around the globe observe World Water Day. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about water scarcity and the water crisis. After all, it can be fairly easy to take water for granted. It comes out of the faucet whenever we want it, and we consume and use it without a second thought. In many parts of the world, though, there are persons without any access to clean drinking water. The United Nations, through their Sustainable Development Goals, hopes to change this by the year 2030. And through World Water Day, it’s hoping to accelerate the change needed to achieve that goal. Here’s how we as travelers can do our part this World Water Day.

World Water Day: How to Do Your Part, Whether Traveling Or at Home


Did you know that, on a whole, tourists tend to use far more water than locals residents? Being ‘water wise’ is one of the twelve ways that the UN suggests we can be more sustainable travelers, noting that the choices we make can help ensure that people have adequate access to water in the future.

With a growing number of places experiencing water scarcity, the choices you make can help ensure people have adequate access to water in the future. By foregoing a daily change of sheets and towels during hotel stays, we can save millions of litres of water each year.

12 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Your Travels, UN News

Help Keep Water Sources Clean

Belize is blessed with beautiful winding rivers, captivating coastal waters, and everything in between. By keeping water ways and water sources clean – whether by organizing cleanups or being mindful of where we throw our trash – we can do quite a lot for our environment.

Reduce Your Water Footprint

Another way to do our part is by being aware of our “water footprint”. You’d be surprised to find out just how much water one person can use on a daily basis. By attempting to decrease our daily water usage, especially when we travel, we can reduce the strain on water systems in surrounding communities. Even small things, like foregoing daily sheet and towel changes while at a hotel or resort, can go a long way.

Help Raise Awareness about World Water Day

Help to spread the word about water scarcity, World Water Day, and responsible water usage. The more people that are aware of this growing issue, the more quickly we can achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of Clean Water and Sanitation for all.

Happy World Water Day! Let’s make positive impacts on the world during our travels in 2023 and beyond.

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