There is nothing better than taking that much-needed vacation at the end of the year. After you have penny-pinched and saved all year long, you are finally ready to venture out to the destination of your choice.
Sure, most people pack their family into the RV or van and head out across the country, but do you realize the impact that this is having on the environment? In fact, if you ask most people how they feel about being a responsible traveler, they probably would tell you that they have never even considered it. So, how do you go about traveling greener and reducing the negative impact on the environment?
Consider Green Transportation
While the greenest means of transportation would be to walk, ride a bike, or hitchhike, this probably is not practical. In fact, you would either never make it to your destination or by the time you made it, you would have to turn around and head back home. So, how can you travel across the country or to another state and be green at the same time. The latest technological advancements means that there are tons of green vehicles available. In fact, there are even electric cars that do not produce any harmful emissions at all. Green vehicles will be available at select locations.
Sure, it isn’t practical to just go out and buy a new vehicle for your road trip, but you could consider renting. If you do have to fly to your destination, you should consider non-stop flights. The takeoffs and landings that produce the most harmful emissions.
Wherever you are staying always ask about the recycling program. If you are staying in a hotel or at an inn that doesn’t offer recycling, you should consider taking your empty bottles and recyclables to a recycling center.
Consider Biking At Your Destination
It is safe to assume that you if you have most of your itinerary mapped out once you reach your destination. Well, instead of taking public transportation or driving your fuel-friendly car, you should consider biking , you are walking. Not only is this easier on the environment, but it would be excellent exercise for you and your family. There might be some destinations that you cannot walk or bike to, because of schedule conflicts. But, if at all possible you should arrange your schedule, where you have time to bike or walk to those locations.
Use Reusable Bottles
Plastic bottles are one of the worst forms of litter on the planet. On average, a single plastic bottle will travel more than a thousand miles before it is bought. Plus, it takes a long time for a plastic bottle to break down. This is why you should consider giving up those plastic bottles during your travels and in your personal life. Using a reusable bottle is best. Reusable bottles help to eliminate the trash, while ensuring you still remain hydrated during your journey.
When visiting a foreign country, it is absolutely pertinent to make sure that you’re giving back to the locals. This is why you should avoid purchasing items that have been shipped from overseas. Instead, you should buy products directly from the locals. However, you need to be cautious about buying certain souvenirs. Make sure that you do not buy any products or souvenirs, which have been made using endangered plants or animals. These items probably won’t make it through customs anyway.
Consider Working On A Farm
There is a possibility that you’ll be able to work on a farm during your stay. In fact, some farms actually operate as motels as well. You probably won’t want to work too hard on your vacation, but it is still a great way to give back. It’ll give you the opportunity to connect with the country’s agricultural heritage. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money by staying on a farm. Finally, working on a farm is really a once in a lifetime experience.
Always Use Marked Trails
If you’re going to be hiking during your trip, you’ll want to make sure that you stay on the right trails. Always use the marked trails. Plus, you should keep a safe distance away from any wildlife that you encounter along the way. If you’re going to be camping, you should be cautious about lighting campfires. Be sure that it is permitted. When you wake up in the morning, you need to make sure that the fire is completely extinguished.