5 tips for a “green” trip
You might only fly in an airplane a few times a year, but the dark truth is, the travel industry has a disproportionately big impact on the environment.
Your relaxation does not have to come at the expense of Mother Nature.
In honor of Earth Day, here are five easy but important ways to plan a “green vacation.”
1. Plan more “staycations:”
Explore your home state and leave a smaller carbon footprint on the world. If you are the adventurous, world-traveling type, plan one longer vacation a year, rather than several short ones that all require air travel.
If you are flying, consider paying a bit extra for a direct flight with fewer layovers. Although it may save you money, it is hard on the environment. Instead, save your money by booking via ShopAtHome.com, where you can get Cash Back for your purchases. Booking.com offers 3 percent Cash Back, plus 50 ShopGold points.
2. Consider alternative modes of transportation:
Is it possible to get to your destination via bus or train instead? These tend to be gentler on the environment — and they’ll make a great story, too. You know the saying, the adventure is in the journey.
Traveling in the New York area? Check out the Gray Line buses, and take advantage of the coupons and Cash Back, while you’re at it.
3. Explore via bike:
When you arrive, instead of taking a driving tour, rent a bike and explore via leg power. Not only will you get a great workout, but you will see the destination from a ground-level perspective.
4. Stay in green hotels:
You can find many hotels that take the environment into consideration. LEED-certified hotels go great lengths to run efficiently. In your room, reuse towels, don’t leave the lights and TV on when not in use and limit your showers to reasonable lengths. Get out and have fun; don’t waste your vacation draining electricity and water in your room. Check the Green Hotels association website for lodging recommendations.
5. Pack light:
You might not think it matters, but every act adds up. Lighter luggage means less fuel, whatever way you are traveling. Consider this before throwing in those extra boots that you probably won’t wear anyway.