Traveling can be such a fun and liberating experience, but if you’re like us, you’re constantly aware of the carbon footprint and potential damage it can cause to the environment. Well luckily, that doesn’t always have to be the case. With these top two helpful tips and tricks, you (and future generations) will be able to explore the world for decades to come.
Research, research, and more research
The biggest tip for planning an international excursion is to research in advance as much as possible. From the potential hotels to the methods of travel, the majority of your trip can be planned out and it’ll save you the hassle of scheduling last minute. User-friendly websites like 10Best.com or travelandleisure.com are wonderful sources of information when it comes to which hotels offer sustainability programs or implement green practices. Take for example the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., not only is it chic but they also offer complimentary bikes to their guest and they make use of solar panels and “energy-efficient elevators”. Using sites like Airbnb also makes traveling cheaper, as people tend to rent their apartments at lower rates, and it makes it easier to stock up on groceries rather than continuously eating out.
Plan and Pack Smart
When planning short trips, it’s always best to pack as light as possible. Not only does it decrease the weight of the plane, thus decreasing as many carbon emissions, it also makes using public transit that much easier. Carpooling with strangers may seem scary at first, but it’s an incredibly eco-friendly option and can possibly lead to new friendships. Though if you’re attempting a longer trip, then always make sure to pack reusable bags, these will come in handy when shopping for groceries and reduce the use of plastic or paper bags.