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Green Travel Tips: Part 6

November 3, 2010

Welcome to the sixth installment of Vacation Roost’s Green Travel Tips. If you’ve been putting your own ideas in the comments we thank you. If not, then what’s keeping you huh? Share your knowledge with us all. If you placed yours already and have seen it come up in one of the posts without attribution, we’re sorry, but these posts were compiled all at once, far in advance so we beat you to the punch without you knowing it… sorry about that.

Anyway, we’re happy to see you again and we hope you’re enjoying the Green Travel Tips series. This time around we’re visiting your home and lodging once again. We’re also looking at being a good guest in your new host city.

Green Travel Tips: Part 6

1. Suspend newspaper delivery – This is one that people seem to forget quite a bit, and it’s not only bad for the environment but also for the safety of your home. If you’re leaving for a couple of days remember to place your paper on hold. This will reduce the amount of paper used by the newspaper company and will allow them to reduce their own waste and energy costs.

This is also important because a pile of newspapers is like a 20 foot neon sign that says, “I’m not home and won’t be back for a while.” This is the kind of thing every prowler, burglar, robber, and petty thief looks for. It’s a golden opportunity gets for those types. So save yourself and then environment with a quick call to your local news source before you leave.

2. Turn it off – Does your lodging have a gym, jacuzzi, sweat lodge, etc.? If so, turn the lights and equipment off when you’re done. Just like turning the lights off when you’re not in the room, turn off the things you’re not using when you’re done.

3. Give a hoot, don’t create waste – When you’re out traveling and want to capture the moment, opt for the digital camera over a disposable. Not only do digital cameras hold WAY more images than a disposable, but the image quality is vastly superior and the waste created is far less.

4. Take only what you need – If you’re looking at the resource of maps, travel guides, and tourist brochures that are available in booths around a city only take the ones you will absolutely need. Even better, if you have a smart phone you can bookmark the website associated with your desired location so you can reference it at will and not walk around looking like a tourist with a back pocket full of travel guides.

5. Become a shuttle bug – If the airport, hotel, lodge, house, etc. that you’re staying at has a shuttle service, use that instead of a rental when possible. Some places have shuttles that go from one hotspot to the next in major cities and you can hop aboard and maybe even make a new friend on your ride to your destination. Take advantage of any transportation that is offered.

That’s it for Green Travel Tips part six, hope to see you for the next one. If you have some green travel tips of your own, please put them in the comments below, and if we don’t already have that one in queue we’ll add it to our reader submissions for a readers’ tips edition.

Thanks for reading, and happy vacationing!

Green Travel Tips Part 1

Green Travel Tips Part 2

Green Travel Tips Part 3

Green Travel Tips Part 4

Green Travel Tips Part 5

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