Spring and summer isn’t the best time of year just for the weather, it’s also prime travel season for a lot of people. Whether you’re taking a trip to visit family, explore a new city or enjoy a casual family vacation, shake things up by making it a green one.
When you first pick a location, look for a green hotel, B&B, or lodge. Many travel websites make it easy to find and book energy-efficient and sustainable places to stay. Just keep in mind that each site has its own metrics for rating properties, so do your homework. You might ask if the hotel recycles, if guests have the option to reuse towels and sheets, and if the building is energy-efficient.
Transportation, particularly by air, is where most travelers have the biggest environmental impact. To avoid this, you can offset the carbon emissions produced by your flight, choose the smallest rental vehicle that can comfortable accommodate you or choose a hybrid vehicle. Even better, use public transportation or bikes to get around town during your stay.
Lastly, the old adage rings true: Take nothing but photographs, and leave nothing but footprints. When site-seeing, be careful not to disrupt the eco-system. Bring reusable water bottles, waste-free meals, and don’t litter.