When it comes to living a green lifestyle, it’s not just about what you do at home. Living a green lifestyle also encompasses what you do away from home. And today, we’re here to ask you a simple question: are you a responsible traveler when it comes to being eco-friendly?
Before attempting to answer that question, answer this one first: what does “green travel” actually mean?
We have some tips on making good choices when traveling this summer that will help you do your part in making this world a safer place. These tips may only make a tiny dent in the overall scope of saving the earth, but if we are all conscious about these things then it can eventually have a huge impact.
And did we mention that these tips are amazingly simple?
- Spend a little extra for non-stop flights. When it comes to carbon emissions from airplanes, most of it is created during takeoffs and landings.
- If you are a single traveler, it is actually more eco-friendly to fly than drive.
- If you choose to fly, choose an airline that participates in programs that reduce carbon emissions. Currently there are 30+ airlines that are a member of the IATA (International Air Transport Association) who participate in such programs.
- If you choose to drive and your car is not eco-friendly, consider renting an electric or hybrid vehicle. These cars produce far less carbon emissions and use less fuel.
- If you’re traveling in the U.S., find out if the hotel you’re staying at has a LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This organization judges hotels on water savings, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, types of material used and design innovations.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be responsible and travel green. The 5 tip listed above are incredibly easy steps to help continue your lifestyle of being eco-friendly away from home.