10 Eco-Travel Tips for Earth Day—and Every Day!
Happy Earth Day Everyone! In honor of today, here is a list of some of the best Eco-travel friendly Travel Tips you can do, to help save the planet and your wallet!
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1 Make every trip count. The environmental key to travel is not how you go, but how much you go and how far you go; trains aren’t necessarily greener than planes. People are packed as tightly as possible in a plane, but on a train there’s a lot of space, Trains work in Europe because it’s compact.
2 Try to fly nonstop. Generally speaking, flights with more stops will require more emission intensive takeoffs and landings.
3 Consider taking a group trip, traveling as a group usually means a smaller carbon footprint.
Choose destinations where you can walk, bicycle or take public transit. And when it comes to the environmental impact of driving, miles are more important than miles per gallon.
4 Chose an eco-friendly hotel, B&B or vacation rental. Look for hotels and inns with a commitment to being green, though be careful of green washing. Most truly green hotels will be proud to talk about everything they are doing for the environment.
5 Conserve light and energy along with reusing sheets and towels. Air conditioning, heating and lighting use a lot more energy than washing towels.
6 Don’t waste water by dawdling in the shower or running the water while brushing your teeth. Talk to the maid or leave a note to ensure that housekeeping is letting you reuse sheets and towels.
7 Refuse bottled water, unless you are staying somewhere that may have unsafe tap water.
8 Go local, eat what the locals eat and encourage the local economy by hiring local guides. Be less demanding of having a Western-style meal where they would have to truck things in from a far distance.
9 If you’re not in a group and don’t need a car daily, look for car-sharing options at your destination.
10 Make every trip count. Planes are not always greener than trains. People are packed as tightly as possible in a plane, but on a train there’s a lot of space, Trains work in Europe because it’s compact.
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