It is that time of year again, and you are loading up the car, or you are packing your bags to head to the airport. You have your hotel booked and you are on your way, but are you taking your carbon footprint with you? Have you considered going on a green vacation?
Going green on vacation is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and feel good about doing your part to help the environment stay green. It can be a bit more difficult, as we may have routines at home to take care of recycling, and reducing and reusing, but can we keep those same habits while traveling?
Going green on vacation, just takes a bit of thinking and planning but you can do it. Here are a few tips to consider for your next vacation, and just how you can avoid taking your carbon footprint with you.
We recycle at home, and we have some great programs, but not all countries will have the same recycling program. So keep this in mind when buying lots of packaging, that it just may end up in their landfill.
Invest in a good hard plastic or metal water bottle before you go. You can pack it in your suitcase, as long as it is empty there are no problems at the airport. This way when you get to your destination, you can fill your water bottle, instead of buying cases of plastic water bottles to keep in your hotel.
If you are concerned about the water quality, and need to purchase the water, then see if you can get it in larger gallon jugs. This way you can refill your own water bottle and only have the one jug to get rid of or recycle (if they have the program). You can imagine just how many of those smaller bottles a family of four would consume in a day, or in a weeks vacation!
So do your part with the water bottles, and save yourself some money as well. If the water quality where you are going is good, then just fill your own water bottle from the tap. It is even worse buying those smaller water bottles if you don't need to. Going green on vacation is your responsibility. So, don't leave your carbon footprint at your vacation spot.
Shampoos and Lotions and Toiletries
Unless you have forgotten everything, going green on vacation, can start with your toiletries. Many hotels, will have those tiny little one use shampoos in the bathroom and lotions and conditioners. Don't open them, and they will not be replaced. Use your own toiletries.
It is such as waste to keep using those smaller containers the hotel offers. They are really for someone who has not brought their own, and are great for these situations, but to use them when you have your own is wasteful. Just more plastic to deal with. Going green on vacation means thinking ahead about what you need to pack.
Many hotels now, are trying to reduce the use of unnecessary water consumption, especially in the form of laundry. There may be a note on your door, asking you to only leave the towels you want changing in the bathtub. This is one great way to go green on vacation. You can use your towel for a couple of days. There is no need to use every towel in the place, and if you don't specify which towels need replacing, they tend to wash them all.
Walk when you can. If you are vacationing in a city, do you really need to rent a car? Going green on vacation, can mean using foot power. Why not try walking to some destination or take the public transport. If you are in a city, then why fight congestion and parking? This is one great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you brought your own car, then only use it when you have to. I find sometimes you see way more of a place on foot. When you are driving, and trying to watch the traffic, you just don't get to see all the little shops and talk to the locals! Plus your stress levels will be way down by walking. So pack some good walking shoes!
Some hotels will offer bus trips to any tourist destinations. Consider that instead of renting a car. This way you will not have to deal with parking or directions. You can have a full day and sleep on the bus back to the hotel.
If you follow the above tips, then you are already reducing your carbon footprint. If everyone used these tips while on holidays, the environment will be a much happier place.
Going green on vacation, can save you money, and let you do your part. Instructing your children to do the same from a young age, will help to promote a greener environment for the future.
If you do your part at home to reduce your carbon footprint, then why not do the same by going green on vacation?