EARTH FRIENDLIER WINTER GETAWAYS!


We all need a break from  winter, especially this year with its constant barrage of storms. But vacations can produce a lot of carbon emissions!  Whether ski vacations are your thing or escaping to the warmer weather of the islands, there are things you can do to minimize your carbon emissions and make your getaway “greener”.

Image from Island Lake Resorts Photostream Flickr.com

Flying, driving long distances, staying in nice resorts, eating at fancy restaurants all use a lot of energy.  Airlines are becoming more eco-aware and some like Delta actually recycle.  When flying, ask if your airline recycles cups, cans and newspapers. The more people ask, the more the airlines will respond.  Decline a napkin unless you really need it.  Pack light – heavier luggage burns more fuel.  Bring only 3 oz. containers in your carry on.  Otherwise they will be thrown out and end up in the landfill.

When driving, again, pack light. Roof racks add a lot of weight and require more fuel.  Make sure your car is properly tuned and your tires inflated to increase efficiency.

If you need to rent a car, consider renting a hybrid.   Some rental car companies are starting to offer them.  Of course when it’s feasible, take public transportation instead.

Hotels are getting on board now too and post signs about reusing towels, not automatically changing the sheets everyday and recycling. Green hotels use low-flow showerheads and low-flow toilets, fluorescent light bulbs, motion sensors for public rooms, lights out cards, etc.  You can find them through green hotel accreditation directories.

Find restaurants that offer local and organic cuisine (usually fresher and better anyway). More and more are doing so.  Cruise lines are starting to produce less waste.  Ecotourism, which promotes responsible travel to natural areas, is gaining popularity. There is even such a thing as green travel consultants to help you plan your “green” vacation!

Every small step is beneficial for you, the travel industry and the earth.  Why not try incorporating some green travel on your next trip!

For more green travel tips, visit gogreentravelgreen.com.

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