Travelling Green: Top 5 Tips

 

Being on vacation is usually synonymous with getting away from it all.  All we can think about is vegging out on that amazing beach we've been dreaming about for the last six months with a cocktail in hand and not a care in the world. But this doesn't mean that we should also hang up our eco-friendly hats and forget about our carbon footprint.  Because let's face it: if we all don't start tavelling green now, that amazing beach won't be around forever.  So get on board with these easy five green travel tips and you'll sleep even better while visiting the beautiful corners of our world!

1. Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle

 

Did you know that only 1 in 5 water bottles are actually recycled?  According to the Water Project, this means that 80% of water bottles become waste.  So while we all know better than to drink from the tap, especially in developing countries, but this doesn't mean only drinking bottled water.  Your reusable water filbottle might become your new best friend.

 

2. Buy Sustainable Souvenirs

 

One of the most exciting things about travel is discovering the crafts that are indigenous to each country.  So many unique things, and not enough space in your luggage.  Heck, it's also a great way to get ahead of your Christmas shopping!  Still, you need to be careful and make sure you are not buying the wrong souvenirsIs it made from the skin, fur, bone, shell, beak or hooves of an endangered species?  By avoiding certain wildlife products and carefully watching what you buy, you can prevent bringing many species closer to the edge of extinction.  At the same time, you'll also be encouraging local craftsmen to continue their traditions and keep gift shops authentic to their country.  Stick to ceramics and hand-crafted products and you'll be on the right track.

 

3. Visit Green Hotels & Resorts

 

Who said traveling to eco-friendly hotels had to be only a luxury experience? Thankfully there are now lots of budget alternatives that will keep your wallet in check.  Tree Hugger has rounded up a short list of resorts from around the world with such green features as solar power, organic meals, water-saving faucets, and home-grown produce.

 

4. Trains, Buses, Ferries

 

Did you know that jet emissions affect a 25 mile area around an airport?  According to Aviation Justice, people, children, animals and plants are toxic crop dusted by jet emissions for 12 miles from a runway end.  So if you can, try to get to your destination by train, bus or ferry.  Or if your heart is really set on that beach thousands of miles away, then at least try to use local trains & ferries when you get there.  Not only will you cut down on the price of pollution (and airfare!), you'll probably collect some great travel stories to tell all your friends.

 

5. Green Maps

 

With its ever-expanding list of eco-friendly living places, restaurants & gardens, Green Maps now boasts a list of 35,000+ eco-spots in 65 countries around the world. From farm-to-table restaurants to pretty parks, to cumminty gardens and to small villages, Green Maps will open your eyes to local off-the-beaten-path spots that only the locals know about.