You care about the environment. You recycle, conserve water, use cloth grocery bags, and hate plastic water bottles. Your car is electric, or hybrid, or perhaps you ride a bike! You do what you can to reduce your carbon footprint and going on vacation is no different. But how do you reduce your carbon footprint while on vacation? Here are the ins and outs of eco-friendly vacations so you can relax while still protecting the environment.
Choosing the right type of vacation
The first step to a successful eco-friendly vacation is choosing the right type of vacation and the right destination. Do you want to relax at the beach and not worry about a thing, or do you want to get your hands dirty and volunteer some of your vacation time by helping conservationists somewhere like the Amazon Rainforest?
Location, Location, Location
If you can, stay local. Reducing the amount of fuel needed for your trip can really help. Choose to use a train if at all possible. If you must fly, then look for a company that offers a carbon offset program like United Airlines. Once you’re at your destination, try and use the most environmentally friendly transportation available. Maybe consider renting bikes for your vacation!
Try to support the local people and shop locally. Consider eating food that is grown by the local farmers instead of eating at foreign-owned restaurants. Carefully choose souvenirs. Make sure they are fair-trade!
Reduce, Reuses, and Recycle
You probably do this already! Reduce and conserve your water usage while on vacation. Reuse your towels. And Recycle whenever you can. Many hotels are becoming more eco-friendly and offer ways to help conserve while you are on vacation.
One last tip. Protect your investments. Vacations are a huge investment in time and money. After all the research and effort that goes into planning the perfect trip, do not forget about trip protection! Travel insurance is something that too many people brush off thinking that they just won’t need it. Nothing can be farther from the truth. If you are willing to protect the environment then you should know it is important to protect yourself too. Travel insurance gives you the same peace of mind that you get when you know you’ve done everything you can to help protect the environment!