May
18
2011

Green Travel Tips


Summer is coming up fast, and there’s something I especially love about summer: Summertime is vacation time! I love to go on trips – who doesn’t? I want to do my part for the planet, however, and I try to make my vacations as green as possible. It’s easy to believe that one person or family can’t make a difference in the environment, but that’s not true. Real change comes when we all work together, and that means you can make a difference.

It’s easy to travel green. Yes, I can feel you rolling your eyes. Don’t be so disbelieving. Some very small changes can have a very big impact on your travel and make it greener. These changes are so easy and simple to do that no one else will even realize you’re making them.

Flying Tips:

When you’re getting tickets for your flight, choose electronic tickets instead of paper ones. Less paper equals less waste.

If you have to attend a meeting for business, why not combine it with your vacation time? You’ll get the best of both worlds and you’ll only have to fly once, which will reduce your carbon footprint.

Every wonder why your luggage is weighed? It’s so that the amount of fuel needed for the flight can be calculated. Less weight equals less fuel, so pack light.

Offset the carbon from your trip by purchasing carbon offsets online. You can do this at places like Carbonfund.org.

Driving Tips:

Check the tire pressure on your car to improve fuel efficiency up to 3%.

If renting a car, choose a hybrid or the smallest car for your needs.

Packing for your trip:

Take a digital camera on your trip instead of a disposable one.

Bring your own travel size toiletries and then save the bottles. You can refill them and re-use them on your next trip. If you do use the ones at the hotel, take them home with you and use them. The Bumble & Bumble Salon Traveling Kit is great for women. For men, there’s the American Crew Essentials Travel Kit .

Once you get there:

Use public transportation where available.

Shared rides, like hotel vans, are preferable to driving alone.

Walk wherever possible – it’s a great way to really experience a city.

Turn off the AC, heat, lights, and TV whenever you leave your hotel room.

What do you do to travel green? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know on twitter, facebook, or just leave a comment here.

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