Greening Your Travels

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My previous post about Travel & Leisure magazine’s ‘Top 10 Must-See Green American Landmarks’ made me stop and think about green travel in general. If you’re like me, you feel compelled to reach outside of your own little world and experience what the rest of the planet has to offer. Leisure traveling not only expands the mind, but it allows us to see first-hand the varied people, landscape, architecture, art, technologies, and flora and fauna on this earth. While I desire to see the world, I ponder how it can be done with less impact on the environment.

Here are some ways to make your travels a little greener:

  • be a tourist in your home town to limit transportation impacts. Perhaps take a walk, bike, or mass transportation to local and regional destinations.
  • pack light (less luggage means less fuel used to transport it).
  • When driving, opt for the most fuel-efficient vehicle available.
  • conserve electricity and water wherever you go.
  • eat locally-grown food when it’s available.
  • bring your re-usable water bottle on treks where the water is safe to drink.
  • recycle where the option is present.
  • carry a re-usable bag for souvenirs.
  • Stay at ‘Green Hotels‘ that do their part to reduce their environmental impact through daily operations and practices.
  • Purchase carbon offsets to neutralize your transportation impacts — there are organizations that fund projects that utilize clean, renewable energy or that plant trees in your honor (Here’s a comparison among various carbon offsetting programs).

Photo by Seamus Murray

Tag(s): Cars and Transportation, Going Green, Green Travel, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming

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