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Green Travel Tips: Part 2

October 25, 2010

In part one of our Green Travel Tips series we covered glass water bottles, rechargeable batteries, flying, driving, and conservation vacations. In part two we’re going to be covering flying (again), packing, room conditions, leaving your home, and becoming a local. Sounds like fun ‘eh? Well let’s get to it then!

Green Travel Tips: Part 2

1. Fly nonstop – Not only does it save you some time, but if you’re able to fly nonstop you’re leaving less of a carbon foot print for your travels. It’s not always possible, but when it is, do yourself and the environment a favor and fly nonstop. It’s worth the extra $30.

2. Pack lightly – It doesn’t matter if you’re flying or driving. The lighter you pack, the smaller amount of fuel will be used to reach your destination. So pack smart, pack light, and only take what’s necessary.

3. Room temperature – Either turn up the temp on the air conditioner or turn down the thermostat in your room. Just because you’re on vacation and it’s not your electric/gas bill doesn’t mean you should be wasteful. Put the room at a comfortable temperature and always adjust the thermostat up or down a little more when leaving your room for the day.

4. Unplug your home – When leaving on a vacation unplug everything in your house that absolutely doesn’t need to be plugged in. You won’t be using it and even when turned off, plugged in appliances draw current. Also, set your thermostat at the highest or lowest safe setting so you’re not using any more energy than absolutely necessary when you’re gone.

5. Become a local – Before arriving at your destination do some research and find stores and restaurants that take advantage of locally grown and manufactured products. When something is locally produced it takes less energy and less fuel to get it to the stores and into your hands, so be a good guest and help the locals keep their home nice and put some green in their pockets while you’re at it.

That covers is for part two. Check back soon for part three. We hope you’re enjoying our five-part series of green travel tips. Like last time, if you have some of your own green travel tips you’d like to share PLEASE put them in the comments below. If we get enough tips in the comments then we will publish additional parts in the series to include your submissions.

Thanks for reading, and happy vacationing!

Green Travel Tips Part 1

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