You will be surprise as to the many options there are out there for "green" or earth-friendly travelers. So here are just a few "eco-friendly" options you can consider for your next trip:
1. Take the train! Instead of going through the airport hassle and paying for all of those extra fees for an airline ticket, i'd recommend on taking the train! It is not the most luxurious way to get to your destination but it is something fun and different to do. Plus you get to see some great things along the way! One of the trips I have been dying to do is Amtrak's Coast Starlight route.This daily route starts in Seattle and ends in Los Angeles with stops through Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, San Luis Obispo. Great summer vacation for any family size or even for a solo trip!
2. Road Trip! Another great option is renting a hybrid car (slightly pricey but good to the environment) and take a trip to some of the most historical and beautiful places in the U.S. To make the cost of the hybrid cheaper, invite two or three of your closest friends and head out into the road.
3. Re-use your towels! When staying at hotels from the most luxurious ones to the not so nice ones, reuse the towels. This will help cut cost on water waste so other countries around the world can still have the opportunity to enjoy fresh water. I don't know about you guys, but I only wash my personal towel once a week so why would I ask the hotel to wash my towel everyday?
4. Don't print your boarding passes! Most of us now have some sort of smartphone handy and most airlines now offer a smartphone friendly boarding pass option that airport security now accept. So how about you save a tree or two and stop printing those pesky boarding passes. If this is something that is not possible for you to do, then don't forget to recycle your boarding pass!
|Eco Hotel in Peru|
5. Eco-Hotels! Next time when you are booking your trip to the Caribbean, Europe, or even to Bali....consider staying at an eco-friendly hotel. Eco Hotels of the World offers some great eco-hotel friendly options to some fun places around the world! If you are wondering what an eco-friendly hotel consists of well here is a simple definition the Wikipedia put together: Eco hotel is a term used to describe a hotel or accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the environment. The basic definition of a green hotel is an environmentally-responsible lodging that follows the practices of green living. These hotels have to be certified green by an independent third-party or by the state they are located in. Traditionally, these hotels were mostly presented as Eco Lodges because of their location, often in jungles, and their design inspired by the use of traditional building methods applied by skilled local craftsmen in areas, such as Costa Rica and Indonesia.
6. If you have to fly, book direct! We all know the trick, cheaper tickets = many layover stops. Well those cheap tickets slowly hurt the environment: every time a plane takes off and lands it requires an exaggerated amount of fuel! So next time when booking a flight whether it is for work or for pleasure, try to book a direct flight.
7. Re-usable travel-size containers! I know I am guilty of this, every time I go out of town whether for business or for fun I always make a stop at CVS to buy travel-size packages. Unfortunately, as convenient that they might be, they actually require a lot of work and materials to create these TSA friendly products, which at the end of the day carry a heavy toll on the environment. So why not purchase travel size reusable containers? That way you are not only helping the environment but you are also helping your wallet by saving money on all those $1.99 travel size shampoos and conditioners! Tamperseal.com offers a great pouch for $7.95.
8. Take water with you! We all know TSA says you can't pass through security with a water bottle, well how about a flexible water bottle that you can just fold and carry in your bag? REI offers an awesome water bottle that is great for all of us on the go, it's called Platypus plusBottle. Some of the features of this nifty and eco friendly water bottle are: carry/hang loop, durable triple-layer laminate, food-grade poluethylene lining, all-natural silver-ion-based SlimeGuard, and it's compact and flexible design can be flattened when empty and rolled up to fit practically anywhere in your pack!
9. Get your exercise on! Once you arrive to your destination, get your fitness in by walking everywhere instead of taking a cab, bus or train. That way you can captivate your surroundings and enjoy a great workout. Make sure you have some comfortable walking shoes, otherwise you will end up succumbing to getting a cab.
10. Last but not least, and everyone's favorite: RECYCLE! It is amazing how many people drop their daily habits when on vacation. Just because you are taking a break from work and your daily grind doesn't mean you need to take a vacation on helping mother nature. So grab all those receipts, brochures and maps that you have been herding in your bag and place them in a recycling bin or save them for your next trip back. Plus you never know who will be visiting that destination that you just went to, and you can share it with them.
Hope that these tips can help you become a "green" traveler!
p.s.: shout out to all of my Latina Lifestyle Bloggers who will be posting Earth Day themed articles on their blogs today.