Okay, by now you’re familiar with the term “carbon footprint” -  the carbon emissions created as a result of your meanderings.Since we’re all in that mindset, here’s something new to consider – your “water footprint”.  As you can probably guess, your water footprint simply measures the amount of water you consume while going about your daily life.

I recently came across a Water Footprint Calculator on H2O Conserve’s site, and used it to calculate how much water consumption we’re responsible for in my little household of two. Though our living quarters are small, one thing the calculator illustrated clearly was that the lack of low-flow faucets and shower heads in my place create a larger footprint than is necessary. (Note to self: talk with landlord about this, as well as yard waste/food scrap recycling). I did get bonus points for “letting it mellow”, however.

All this got me to thinking: how  are we about our water consumption while we travel? So much of the world is constantly plagued by drought, water quality issues and even facing challenges to accessing water at all, water conservation should be a top priority for any responsible traveler.

A few tips for globe stompers watching their water footprints:

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