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Green Travel Tips

Green Travel Tips

There’s no such thing as a holiday from being green. It’s a lifestyle choice, and if your lifestyle includes traveling then you’ll need to take the Earth into consideration when planning and taking your trip.

Here are some great tips adapted from It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living, by Crissy Trask.

Book a trip to a destination that will benefit the local people and environment instead of vacationing in a destination that is often visited and overburdened by tourists. For information about where to go, check out

Identify hotels that are committed to reducing waste, conserving resources, and reducing or eliminating the use of chemicals. has a list of its members.

Unplug appliances to save energy while you/re away. Many small and large appliances continue to draw energy even when turned off.

If your home will be vacant while traveling, turn down your thermostat in winter and up in summer to a temperature only necessary to protect houseplants and pets left behind.

Anytime you check into a hotel for more than a day, phone housekeeping upon your arrival and decline housekeeping services. According to commercial laundry equipment manufacturers, forgoing fresh bed linens and towels can result in saving as much as 30 gallons of water per room per day.

Resist the temptation to use those small, complimentary bottles of shampoo and lotion provided by hotels or take them home with you. The excess packaging used for such small quantities is extremely wasteful and if guests didn’t use them or take them, hotels would stop providing them. Refillable bottles brought from home are a much more eco-friendly option.

Protect campsite water sources from contamination by never washing dishes, clothes or yourself in them. Use a basin and a small amount of biodegradable soap for washing chores. Dump wastewater in a hole at least 25 yards from waterways.

Leave the campsite and park better than you found it. Carry all trash out with you, do not burn or bury trash of any kind, and check your campsite thoroughly to make sure you left nothing behind.

Brochures and maps are commonly provided at tourist attractions. Take care of them and as you are leaving, return it so that someone else can use it.

When visiting a park, never leave paths (or allow your children to) and do not disrupt or remove anything (e.g. rocks, flowers, etc.). Leave them for the next person and everyone after them to enjoy as you have. Most importantly, leave them for the species that depend on them.

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.


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1:59AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013


12:10PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

9:37AM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

nice one

3:53AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

good one

2:19PM PDT on Mar 31, 2010

Use the public transit. You have a driver that knows
the area, you don't have to deal with the stress of
driving, parking, etc. you can talk to other pax
and they can give you helpful advice. You are directly contributing to the local economy and you
have a more authentic experience. Instead of taking
a taxi, use the airport/hotel shuttle that allows you to ride with other travelers. I prepaid for
this service when I made my arrangements for Jamaica and it worked out wonderfully.

11:59AM PDT on Jul 30, 2008

Ask for a hybrid car if your renting. Even if there isn't one know that your doing good just showing that there is a demand for them.

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