- On January 14, 2016
When you think of green travel or ecotourism, do you imagine sleeping in a tent in the midst of the jungle listening to the sound of encroaching wildlife or paddling a canoe down the Amazon River?
Green travel can be luxurious and as rewarding as conventional travel. This broad term includes travel practices focusing on economic, socio-cultural and environmental sustainability.
Expand your boundaries and perspectives. Get to know the world around you. Go green. Green travel emphasizes the importance of preserving the natural and cultural environment in your travel destination. This translates to conserving plants, wildlife, and other resources as well as maintaining respect for local cultures and making a positive contribution to them.
Each year, almost one billion tourists traverse the globe. Of major importance to preserving the wonders of nature and those manmade treasures like the Egyptian pyramids is the commitment to minimize the potential negative effects of tourism. For instance, seaside hotels in Hawaii are contributing to beach erosion. Carbon dioxide emissions from planes are a contributing factor to global warming.
A green approach to traveling is easy and protects the places you enjoy visiting. The general belief is that green travel is expensive. On the contrary with airfares, you will only spend between $10 and $40 more than normal, dependent upon the length of the flight. From eco-hostels to luxury accommodations, green lodging is now available for any budget.
What is a green hotel?
You should ask these questions before booking if you are committed to going green:
- Is the hotel locally owned or staffed primarily by locals?
- What is the recycling program?
- How does the hotel contribute to the local community?
- Do guests have the option of reusing sheets and towels?
While you are in residence, conservation is in your hands. Avoid long showers. Turn off faucets while you are brushing your teeth (this is good advice for home as well). Shut off AC, lights, TV, and other energy-consuming devices when you leave your room. If you use the toiletries provided by the hotel, take them with you for the remainder of your trip or later for home—keeping more plastic (which takes over 1,000 years to disintegrate) from the garbage dumps.
Eco-friendly Travel Tips:
If you pack light, you decrease the weight the plane must carry, thereby saving fuel and lessening the toxicity released into the atmosphere—and you save baggage fees if you choose only carry-on.
Should you take a cab, walk, or use public transportation? If you said “walk” or “use public transportation”, you are thinking green, decreasing the carbon footprint and saving yourself money whilst also getting a great opportunity to mingle with the locals.
Is this vacation an exciting road trip? Prepare. Check your tire pressures. Clean out the trunk and backseat. Ensure a good journey with a tuned engine—and increased gas efficiency. Start the ignition and enjoy the thrill of the open road!
On the trip, whenever possible, buy local. Purchasing locally cuts down shipping costs and is most often cheaper.
- Palau – one of the world’s top diving destinations;
- Norwegian Fjords – mountains, waterfalls, and clean waters. A remote location and the country’s environmental regulations have preserved this paradise.
- Costa Rica – from Spanish horses to volcanoes, to rainforest to black sand beaches, what’s not to like?
- Kerala, India – if you like sandy beaches and plush virgin forests, then this is for you.
- Kenay – for mountains, lakes, rain forests, deserts, beaches, and wildlife, this is the place to be.
Green travel? Imagine. Make your travel dreams come true. And contribute to saving our beautiful but beleaguered world.
Imagine your travel dreams coming true while you contribute to saving our beautiful but beleaguered world.