The summer travel season is here! For the Eco-minded among us, thankfully, more and more people and companies are recognizing opportunities for making travel more earth-friendly. Recently, we even came across a nonprofit that recycles used hotel soap!
Before getting into the post, if you are wondering about this week’s blog picture, it is actually a collage of photos from one of our favorite destinations in NYC. The High Line is a modern multi-use space and park that spans approximately 1.45 miles. One of the many many interesting things about it is that it was created on an elevated section of the city above an abandoned railway that had been marked for demolition. It is a great example of how cities can honor nature and reuse spaces to create something peaceful and lovely.
Now back to the post -- whether you’re hitting the road or blazing a trail through the skies, here are some tips for keeping your trip environmentally friendly.
Carrying extra weight isn’t just tiring, it also requires more fuel. Wherever you’re headed and however you’re traveling, packing light is a great way to reduce the amount of fuel you’ll need to get you from point a to point b.
Use Reusable Containers
Individually wrapped snacks can lead to a lot of waste. While snack packs are certainly convenient, they generate a lot of trash. Make your own snack packs with reusable bags or containers or take along large bags to portion out. And don’t forget your water bottles! We love how S’Well bottles stay cool for so long—even if you leave them in a hot car.
Prep the Family Vehicle
Before a road trip, make sure your car is ready to roll. Check the air pressure in your tires. Proper inflation can help you get better mileage. Your owner’s manual will let you know the right PSI. Also, consider taking the family vehicle in for a check-up before a long trip to make sure everything is running well. When on the road, using cruise control can help you reduce your fuel usage, as can obeying the speed limits.
Book Non-stop flights
If you’re able to fly non-stop to your destination, book it! A non-stop flight will have a lower carbon footprint than connecting flights because most of an airplane’s carbon emissions occur during takeoff and landing.
Staying a While? Go Local
If you’re renting a cool condo or visiting friends for a while, visit the local farmers market. Anytime you can buy local food, give it a try! Food that hasn’t traveled far has a lower environmental impact.
Keep Up Your Good Habits
When you are at home, you likely conserve water and recycle. Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you should stop, though it might require a bit of creativity. If you’re staying at a hotel, ask if they recycle. Same for campgrounds. If they don’t, a local supermarket will likely have some recycling bins you can toss your bottles and paper in.
Book and Rent Green if Possible
More hotels are advertising their efforts to go green. Check out a hotel’s website to learn more about how they are ensuring their guests’ stays are eco-friendly. When at your destination, consider renting a hybrid vehicle if possible. If none is available, opting for a smaller vehicle with good gas mileage is a great choice. Also, if you’re comfortable in the saddle, many cities offer bike rentals for tourists. What a great way to check out a new town (and sneak in some exercise)!
Do you have any tips for staying earth-friendly while on vacation? As always, thanks for reading and feel to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing your thoughts and it helps us to plan future posts.