When you’re planning a vacation and want to reduce your environmental impact, there are many ways that you can incorporate an earth-friendly lifestyle in your activities and travels. Every little change counts and will help preserve our beautiful planet.
First, make sure to look for suppliers with 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.
Your Protravel Agent can also help you 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 on 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 altogether. Or collect these travel amenities and donate them to a homeless shelter.
These are just some ideas on how you can make your next vacation greener. Read our sustainable travel experts’ tips below: