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Top 5 Green Travel Tips

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Green travel is a strong travel trend for 2009. Increasingly, hotels, airlines and tour operators are offering eco-travelers greener options in their services and products.

Chicago Airport

How can you travel greener? Here are several easy ways:

1. Choose greener modes of transportation.

Walk, cycle and take the train or bus – they’re the most environmentally-friendly modes of transportation. If you travel by car, rent a hybrid car to reduce your environmental footprint. For longer distance travel by plane, you can purchase carbon offset credits or look for companies which offer them.

2. Reuse hotel towels and bedding.

Every year, around the world, hotels spend enormous amounts of energy and water to daily change and wash towels and bedding. More hotels are adopting environmental programs including reusing towels and bedding. Ask when you check-in at your hotel and offer to reuse them.

3. Support the local community and culture.

There are many simple ways to support the local economy and culture where you’re visiting while reducing your environmental footprint. Dine at locally-owned restaurants which serve local foods and employ local residents. Buy handmade souvenirs by local artisans.

4. Recycle, reduce and reuse on-the-road.

Wherever possible, think about recycling, reducing and reusing while traveling. Many hotels and airports have installed recycling stations for food and beverage packaging so take time to recycle. After finishing reading newspapers, magazines and books, you can give them to fellow travelers or donate them to local libraries or your hotel.

5. Bring your own reusable water bottle.

If you can, bring your own reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles. Stainless steel SIGG bottles are excellent and stylish additions to your travel accessories.

Photo of Chicago Airport by Idle Type

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Venere Travel Blog writer sonya

Sonya is a freelance writer and blogger who writes about travel and green living. She has traveled, lived and written all over Europe, North America and South America.

6 responses to “Top 5 Green Travel Tips”

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  1. A reader says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    well these water bottles make lot of sense to me.

  2. John says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Sonya, Good article. You’re spot on walk, cycle, next should be bus. As for cars, Hybrid cars are much hyped, but the carbon footprint from producing the lithium batteries is not included and they work best in cities not on long journeys where they produce more CO2 than conventional cars. Go for a car that producers less than 120 g/km CO2.
    Offsetting is done with the best of intentions, but don’t get carried away with all the hype there either. The best course of action is a slower more sustainable mode of travel than flying. Look up http://www.cheatneutral.com for a thought provoking and sometimes amusing spin on offsetting.
    Consume less water (short showers), energy (turn down the heating or turn the A/C off), resources (reduce the waste produced by your stay).

  3. Inking Stamp : says:
    October 24th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    toyota and other car manfucaturers should step up the production of Hybrid Cars-;:

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    January 7th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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  5. Lauren Silvey says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I am pleased that I detected this weblog , precisely the right info that I was searching for! .

  6. Kurt says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Of all environmentally friendly modes of transportation, the train is the most fun.


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