Who doesn’t love to take a little vacation? Take a break from the norm and welcome an invitation to adventure. With a few tips gathered from ABC’s travel site, you can now travel in the most eco-friendly way possible.
Planning your trip
All transportation requires the combustion of fuel, so the greenest thing you can do is use public transport. When possible, take the train or bus instead of flying. If you’re driving, try to get as many people in the car as possible, instead of taking multiple vehicles.
What to bring
Travel light and take only what you need. Take a re-useable water container with you. It’s difficult to find a recycling option when you’re on the go so simply re-fill and re-use the container for water throughout your trip.
Where you go
Choose environmentally-friendly accommodations on your trip. New green hotels and resorts, from the bare bones to eco-luxury, are rapidly popping up around the world. Check out the “Green” Hotels Association for more ideas. Seek out destinations that practice geo-tourism. Geo-tourism, according to National Geographic, is “tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place — its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.”
Home away from home
Just because you might be staying in a hotel, you still need to remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room, turn off the air conditioning and not waste food. Once you’re there, walk instead of hiring a car. Check if your hotel has a shuttle or try public transportation. If you have to rent, ask for a hybrid or Zipcar.