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Eco-friendly Vacation–Traveling Green this Summer

By Amanda Wilkes:

No matter where your destination might be, you can make a difference in the environmental impact that you make while traveling. Half the battle in green travel is done before you even leave your house! With nearly 1 billion people traveling the globe each year, it is essential that we take into consideration what small steps we can take to make our traveling footprint a little lighter.greentravel

Before You Leave Your House

  • Unplug all appliances.
  • Adjust or turn off the AC/Heater.
  • Turn off any unnecessary lights.
  • Check faucets and hoses for leaks; each little drop adds up.
  • You won’t be reading the newspaper, so stop the service while you are gone.
  • Pack your own eco-friendly toiletries so that you don’t have to use pre-packaged merchandise when you arrive.
  • Pack your own reusable water bottle so you can eliminate buying a bunch of plastic ones.
  • Bring a reusable bag that can be used while shopping on your trip.
  • Learn about your destination’s public transportation in the comfort of your own home before being too intimidated by it when you arrive.
  • If you must rent a car, rent it in advance to be sure you get a hybrid!
  • Book hotels, motels or inns that have been certified with green qualifications and that employ locals.
  • Book a nonstop flight…most of the carbon emissions from planes come from take off and landing.
  • Don’t print your airline ticket; instead, show them your e-ticket on your electronic device.green vacation

Once You Arrive

  • Request that your sheets and towels be changed every few days rather than every single day.
  • Be as eco-friendly in your travels as you are at home — lights off when they aren’t being used, AC/Heat adjusted appropriately and short showers.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture by finding locals tour guides to show you around rather than using large tourist companies.
  • Be aware of your destination’s scarce resources, respect them, and use as little of them as possible.
  • Be aware of and stay on marked trails.
  • Continue to immerse yourself in the culture by eating food that is local to the region rather than products that have been shipped in from far off destinations.
  • Buy local products that will support the members of the community.
  • Preserve the culture by learning about it.

About Amanda

Amanda Wilkes is a Southern California native and an avid advocate for the health, happiness, and the well being of the world we live in! She loves teaching, traveling, writing, cooking, and photography. Amanda cannot get enough of being out doors, playing in the sunshine and doing yoga on the beach at sunset. One of her greatest joys is finding a new Farmer's Market or sustainable eatery! She lives in Laguna Niguel, CA with her beloved boyfriend and fur baby. As a teacher, she hopes to empower the youth of today with the ways of tomorrow's future!

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