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Top 5 Green Travel Planning Tips

top 5 green travel planning tipsAs more people are becoming aware of just how precious our planet is, they are finding themselves doing all kinds of things that would be considered to be “green”. They’re recycling items. They’re composting food. They’re purchasing energy efficient appliances. They’re visiting thrift stores. And they’re even being eco-friendly when it comes to their travel.

If you’re someone who tends to spend a lot of time out on the road or you simply have a trip coming up and you’re curious to know some of the things that you can do to make it a “green” one, we have provided you with some great environmentally responsible planning tips below:

Don’t fly (if you don’t have to). Although traveling by air can definitely get you to where you want to go faster, it also uses the most fuel which means it puts more emissions in the air. So, when it’s not a trip that requires more than a 10-hour drive or it’s not an international journey, look into taking a train or renting a car. And remember that if you decide to go with a rental, there are some rental car companies that offer electric cars as an option.

Pack light. Whether you go by plane, train or automobile, the more luggage that you pack, the more it weighs what you are traveling in down; this means it will take more time and more fuel to get to where you need to go. So, try and pack light by only taking what you is absolutely required. And remember that when it comes to toiletries, you can pick those things up once you arrive at your final destination.

Choose destinations that have plenty of things to do outdoors. A part of being eco-friendly is doing things that require as little electricity as possible. So consider going to places that have plenty of outdoor activities. A year-round ski resort is a great example of a “green” vacation spot.

Look for “green” hotels. If you’re thinking about visiting Australia, unless you’re planning to stay with a family member or friend once you get there, you’re probably going to stay in a hotel. If at all possible, book your reservation at a green hotel (like perhaps the Oxford Hotel). They are relatively modern facilities that are made out of sustainable materials, use energy efficient appliances, do not acquire as much waste and are also cost-effective. For more information on green hotels, visit Green Hotels.

Stop by their Farmer’s Market. One of the most important things about being eco-friendly is making choices that will support the community. A way that you can do this by putting forth a concerted amount of effort into making local purchases, at home and also when you travel. One way to show this kind of support is by shopping at the Farmer’s Markets. As a matter of fact, if you plan to stay at a place that has a kitchen, you can save money (and eat healthier) by cooking the food that you got from there rather than going to a restaurant every night. You can go green by keeping more green in your pocket. Happy traveling!

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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