Eco-Travel Tips: FIJI
Yellow 108 travels light. We believe in staying mobile, connecting to the community you're a part of (even if you're just passing through), and being open to the experiences in front of you. If you can streamline what you need before you go, not only will your mind be more clear, but you're less stressed and more open to be present and take in the amazing place you're visiting.
15 Tips for Backpacking in Fiji
We're camping on the beach, a sail boat, and staying in hostels while we consult on construction of a completely sustainable and eco resort on the main island.
Relax -- Go with the flow and don't try to force anything. Your trip (and your experience) is going to be exactly what it needs to be. You're in the right place at the right time. Enjoy it.
Jet Lag -- to Fiji, take the Red Eye to minimize it.
Stay on the Local Schedule -- time zone transitions can be hard on your body, but try to eat the appropriate meal at the appropriate times and your body will slip into the local groove much faster.
Keep it Light -- pack one bag (preferably a backpack). Fiji is a damp and moist land with lush foliage all around -- this is beautiful but really tough for a roller board bag. You'll be happy for the agility a backpack offers.
Accommodations -- places to stay abound, from homes to hostels, but regardless of what you pick, things are simple. The landscape and natural inclination toward reuse plays a big part in design -- like in outdoor showers and old kitchenware sinks.
Internet -- most backpacker hostels have wifi so staying connected is easy BUT you want to make sure your data and roaming packages are turned off. Apps for international chatting: Facetime, Viber, Whats App, imessage, Skype, etc.
Versatility -- Fiji is fairly off the grid so you do want to keep it simple. We pack so that whatever we put in our bag has more than one use: Dr. Bronner's is for body, hair, dishes, clothes, and a hundred other things. Also, because it's such a clean product, we don't have to worry about the environmental impact it may have when we're camping. Another great add to your bag: Klean Kanteen's amazing insulated steel thermos is perfect for keeping hydrated while hiking, or for keeping mate warm. An absolute must.
Battery -- you'll probably use your phone as a second (or first) camera. With a fully charged battery, it should last the day, but you don't want to get caught without charge. Before you leave, look into a second battery (for your camera) or a phone case that gives you reserve power.
Converters -- get one converter that has all the international adaptors in one (they usually look like a new age version of the Rubix Cube). One item, all the possibilities. You'll never get caught in a country without what you need, plus it only takes up slightly more space regular converters.
Durable Clothing -- pack hemp and organic cotton clothing. Humidity is high and with damp air, you want items that will dry fast. Try cut offs, tanks, microfiber yoga pants.
Food -- keep it local. Eat what's available in the markets and at the local restaurants. Not only are you supporting a developing economy, you're getting a look into the color and personality of the country's people. We caught dinner last night and not only was it the freshest fish possible, but it was pretty special to be a part of the entire process.
Green Travel Tips from Yoli's Green Living
Yoli is a green and healthy living expert who shared a few of her travel tips for treading light.
Tip #1 -- At your hostel, turn off everything you aren't using: lights, TV, AC, provided amenities, etc. Do a "room sweep" before you leave.
Tip #2 -- Use public transport, shared transport, or bikes to get around. You'll see more, save more, and use less.
Tip #3 -- Reuse towels and linens. There's no need to have fresh everyday.
Tip #4 -- Carry your own water bottle!