I bet you and I have at least one thing in common: we both love to travel.
Spring is here and summer is around the corner which means more road trips, camping excursions, weekend getaways, and vacations. Yay! I’m excited just thinking about it! But, again, if you’re also anything like me, you may see your “green” practices start to get pretty relaxed when you’re away from home. Sometimes the hotel lights stay on in every room, the air conditioner blasts chilled air, garbage is tossed in the most convenient receptacle, without thought to recycling. Sound a little bit familiar? Well, this year I’m bringing my green intentions on the road with me. Keep reading to see our five favorite travel tips that will help keep Mother Earth a little more colorful this traveling season.
1. Before you leave, turn down or unplug any appliances that don’t need to be plugged in. Even if your stereo, TV, or computer is turned off, it is still stealing energy — be sure to unplug them all. Another big energy burner is your water heater, so be sure to turn down the temperature before you get your vacation on.
2. Make your travel plans paperless. Many airlines, hotels, and car rental companies have gone paperless. According to the Bureau of Transportation, over 2 million people fly domestically daily. Wow, and that’s just air travel within the United States. With numbers that high, it’s imperative that we cut down on paper waste by choosing to travel ticketless. You can always opt for an emailed receipt or confirmation number.
3. Bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere. But, really, everywhere. The majority of airports have drinking fountains so it’s easy to fill up your bottle once you’ve moved beyond security. Plus that airport water is expensive! You can also fill up while traveling at cafes or restaurants, or ask for a pitcher of water with your room service.
4. Travel like a local. Opt for the bus, to walk, or shuttle while traveling (when safe.) Not having a rented car in an unknown land might seem a little intimidating and scary, I understand. But when possible, choose to walk or take mass transportation. It will open your eyes to the area around you and I guarantee you’ll see so much more then if you were in your rented two-door hatchback!
5. Be hotel-hip. One of the nicest things about a vacation is that your perfectly cooled hotel room will always have new sheets, clean towels, and mass amounts of shower gels and hair products. But guys, do we really need clean sheets after one use? Or a clean towel after it was used to wipe off our hands? Or our heat or A.C. blasting at full force with the sliding glass door open? Sometimes our “green” blinders come on when we’re guests at a hotel. But I challenge all of us, me included, to forgo the cleaning service for just one or two days. I bet we’ll feel a whole lot better about it!
+ I’d love to hear more eco-friendly travel tips — please leave them in the comments!
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