When you think about being green or living a sustainable life you probably think mostly of ways to avoid traveling. The more you travel the bigger your carbon footprint becomes, right? Not necessarily! Here are some eco-friendly and sustainable tips for traveling.
Do your research before you go to make sure that you’re staying at the most eco-friendly hotel possible. Lots of Laguna Beach Hotels, for example, have tankless water heaters, use LED lights, have low flow toilets, etc. It’s okay to call ahead and ask what sort of measures your hotel is taking to be greener. Then, simply choose the greenest hotel that offers you what you want!
It’s also a good idea to choose a hotel that is close to the different things that you want to see. The last thing you want to do is undo the work you’ve put into being sustainable by choosing a hotel that is far away and will require lengthy drives to and from it each day.
Physically Getting There
The hardest part of sustainable and environmentally friendly travel is getting from where you live to where you want to go. Unless you want to walk or ride your bicycle to your destination, some sort of fuel based vehicle is going to need to be involved.
- Try carpooling with someone else. This is an especially good idea for bigger family vacations. Instead of everybody taking separate vehicles, rent a couple of fuel efficient vans and go all together.
- If you’re going somewhere beyond a reasonable driving distance, consider taking the train. Trains are not the coal eating monstrosities they used to be. Many of them have engines that use a combination of electricity and fuel to get to where they need to go.
- If trains aren’t an option, look into the fuel efficiency that each airline offers. Choose the airline with the most fuel efficient planes or an airline that will offset the carbon emissions by planting trees.
You know that one of the easiest ways to save money on a vacation is to bring your own snacks. This, though, can increase the amount of trash that you generate on your trip. Here are ways to cut down on that.
- Bake your own snacks—you can make your own granola bars, muffins, etc and then carry them with you in reusable containers. Use the containers to hold whatever souvenirs you buy while you’re on vacation when it’s time to go home. This way you don’t have to worry about whether or not the souvenirs you buy will fit into your luggage because you’ll already have space open for them.
- Instead of bringing along a case of bottled water, use a refillable bottle that has a filter built into it. These are particularly handy when you go on camping trips or to areas where faucet water might be a little hinky.
These are just some of the things that you can do to make your vacation more environmentally friendly and sustainable. What are other favorite methods you use to “travel green?”