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.
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.