The word ‘green’ used to represent a color, but in recent times society has adopted a new outlook. Nowadays when we are presented with the word ‘Green’ we are inclined to think of the environment. “Going-Green” has gained a lot of notoriety and support because we have learned the value of conserving and preserving natural resources. And the truth is, it does not require more than willingness to incorporate it into your everyday routine. This is why we have chosen to showcase a few easy ways to merge your Green mentality with the act of traveling, so that will have a positive effect on your travel.
Perhaps the first way to set you on the right path to Travel Green is researching lodging that shares in the same values as you. Consider the increasingly popular alternative of a Vacation Rental. Vacation Rentals will allow you to control everything about your stay. Vacation rentals allow you to operate independently and better gauge what types of products you will need, the amount electricity or water used, and when reusing a product is no longer appropriate such as changing of linens. If neither of these options meet the criteria for the area of travel or is not ideal for all those in your company, you can always speak to the front desk or housekeeping attendant at the location of your choice. Most employees will be open to accommodating your ideals and honor your request to reduce turn down service or provide reusable glasses, etc.
Another great idea for the environment is to think of the transportation that you will be using. Some ideas to think about are to invest in non-stop flights, use public transportation, bike or walk, and consider hybrids if a car is absolutely necessary. Aside from the obvious convenience of comfort and price, these options help reduce the amount of carbon emissions which are so harmful to the environment. Not to be confused with a direct flight, non-stop flights allow the plane travel from one airport to another without stopping at any other destination to gather passengers. This act drastically reduces the amount of carbon emission by as much as 50%! Opting for public transportation, biking, or walking will allow the group to visit all areas of interest while conserving the environment. Each method adopts the logic of car pooling and prolongs the existence of the location you are in. Although, most of these options are available there are some occasions where personal transportation is essential. In those times it is best to opt for a hybrid if possible so that the previous reasons discussed remain true.
Biking and walking will leave a minimal carbon footprint, but even more beneficial to you as a traveler, it allows you to experience more of your destination. Take the time to enjoy the natural appeal of your surroundings and collect more direct memories. As you are exploring your destination, perhaps one of the most important pieces to mention is importance of marked trails. Although we all are inclined to “take the road less traveled”, it is important to always rely on the marked land in order to avoid damaging the local environment. Traveling on roads that have been left untouched can results in loss of vegetation, landslides, and other drastic environmental effects.
Aside from the methods of traveling green it is important to consider how you as an individual and group will contribute to the environment and economy that you have chosen as your destination. Choose to eat local, remember to recycle, reuse products such as water bottles, give back to the community, and most importantly treat it as your own. Although many times we start to think of our destinations as just that, it is crucial to notice that these are homes and society that are trying to keep afloat.
Enjoy your trip and remember to conserve it so others may visit as well!