I’ll be honest right from the start: I’m not the most “green” blogger on the planet, but I do worry about our wasteful culture, especially when it comes to travel. There are so many things we can do to make things just a little bit easier on good ol’ Mother Nature – I’d like to think if we take care of her, she’ll be on the look out for us.

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With that in mind, here are some quick ways to make your trip more environmentally friendly. They are very small, and easy to do. They won’t change the world, but you have to start somewhere, right?

  1. Plant a tree. It makes me so sad that trees keep getting cut down – they’re so good for the air and the environment. You can plant one yourself, or sponsor one of the many organizations that does. Planes put off tons of emissions, so do whatever you can – this is a great time to consider taking the train instead.
  2. Use a reusable water bottle. Those plastic bottles are terrible for the environment. Get a reusable one – it’s better for you anyway because having water nearby means you’ll stay more hydrated. There are metal ones and plastic ones; personally I prefer the plastic to the metal (just a weird thing I have), but for plastic make sure you check out what it’s made of – the cheap ones often have plastics that aren’t necessarily good for reuse.
  3. Don’t have the hotel wash day-old towels. Hotels have those signs that say to leave the towels on the floor if you want fresh, right? If you’ve just used the towel to dry off, there’s no reason why you can’t use it again tomorrow, so hang it up! Also, some hotels offer the option of you skipping room cleaning all together – usually with a bar or room charge credit. Save money and save the hotel using cleaning products!
  4. Eat local. Pay patronage to restaurants and cafes that use local ingredients. Besides being the right thing to do, the food usually tastes better. Who wants seafood when you’re a thousand miles from the ocean? Restaurants that serve up local food are getting more and more popular, and they’re usually easy to find – just ask your hotel concierge if a Google search doesn’t find much.
  5. Use public transport. Or walk! This isn’t always an option, but when it is, take it – walking or using trams and tubes is also a great way to get a feel for a destination, and makes for great photographs to bring back home. If you do end up using a car, rent a smaller car which means less emissions and less fuel costs in your travel budget.

See, that wasn’t so bad, right? I really think every little bit will make a difference overall, so next time you travel, ask yourself – is there any simple things you can do to make your trip a little less hard on the environment?

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Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.

Posted : Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 10:00
Category : Holiday Tips
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