13 Ingenious Travel Tips to Enjoy a Greener and Guilt-Free Vacation
When you’re planning a vacation but also want to reduce the impact on the environment, there are many ways how you can combine the two without sacrificing a great experience. You can be as responsible as staying local and hiking and biking trails within the US or just make some small adjustments to your daily life or trip. Every little change counts and will help preserve our beautiful planet.
You could make sure to look for certifications – LEED Certification within the U.S., Green Tourism Business Scheme in the UK, EarthCheck in Australia, or Green Globe, Rainforest Alliance in Latin America and the Caribbean – or book non-stop flights whenever you can, since takeoffs and landings create most of an airplane’s carbon emissions. You can take the train and join the “slow travel” trend where you visit a few destinations in one trip but stay a longer period of time at each place. That way you get to immerse yourself in the destination and see areas and sights you might have missed when rushing through. But you can also start with small changes, such as returning maps, brochures and other information you get at your hotel. The opposite is true for leftover soap, shampoo, body lotion, and toothpaste. Take it with you, so it will not be thrown away and you can even reuse the little bottles for your next trip and skip the hotels products all together.
These are just some ideas how you can make your next vacation greener. Read our sustainable travel experts’ tips below: