Being mindful of the environment and the impact we have on it is crucial. Whether we want to admit it or not, everything we do has an effect on the world we live in. Global warming is coming, and it’s not stopping no matter how nicely we ask it to. Our earth won’t be this green forever, so we need to do our part to keep it beautiful for as long as possible. Little changes create big impact. Swap your car for a bike, trade your plastic bottle for an aluminum one or start recycling. When we travel, we don’t need to forget this mindset; traveling green is easier than ever!
We all take vacations, so why not enjoy them knowing we’re being kind to our environment and at the same time getting some much needed relaxation? It’s a win-win situation! We’ve put together a list of the most efficient and easiest ways to travel green. Get your suitcases ready and your sneakers laced up…it’s vacation time!
Traveling green is easier than most people think. Check out these ideas to incorporate into your next trip!
Reusable Water Bottle
Reduce water waste on your vacation by packing a reusable water bottle. You’ll save money because you won’t need to buy a plastic water bottle every time you get thirsty, and you’ll be reducing your plastic waste. Aluminum is also much better for your health as plastic can release potentially harmful chemicals into your water among other things. Swell has the most epic water bottles, although they are on the pricey side at about $30 a pop. Head to your local TJMaxx or Marshalls for a less expensive yet equally efficient option.
Be Mindful At The Hotel
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, many hotel’s laundry services account for 16% of their total water usage. Think of all the sheets and towels hotel guests use on a daily basis…that’s a lot of water! Instead of throwing your towels on the ground after each use, alert the staff that you will reuse them by hanging them back up on the towel rack. Many hotels worldwide have started posting signs in the bathrooms sharing how many gallons of water it takes to wash the sheets and towels each day. Turning off the lights each time you leave your room can also make a difference.
Walking, Bikes & Scooters, Oh My!
What better way to explore a new place than to travel like a local? Most major cities worldwide have bikes, as well as motorized scooters and bikes for rent. Prefer to do it the old fashioned way? Take a walking tour instead of hauling a cab to drag you around. Your body, and the earth will thank you! Public transportation is also another option. Always wanted to go on an NYC Subway? Now’s your chance!
We hope traveling greener is on your radar now more than ever. Enjoy exploring now more than ever knowing how much kinder you’re being to the environment…Travel greener!