Simple Green Travel Tips for 2012

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					                      Simple Green Travel Tips for 2012

As the outdoor temperature starts to rise and the last day of school quickly approaches, it
is that time of year to start planning your summer vacation. Maintaining an eco-friendly
lifestyle doesn't have to take a hiatus when you travel. In fact, it shouldn't. With millions
of tourists traveling each year by air, land and sea, it's more important now than ever to
do your part to preserve nature's treasures. Whether you are planning to spend your
vacation lounging on a tropical beach, or pounding the pavement site seeing, the
following are tips you can take along with you as you travel to help reduce your carbon
footprint.

Reaching Your Destination


Air Travel

Traveling by air is one of the most popular modes of travel. Unfortunately, it is also one
of the most environmentally damaging. When traveling by air, you can do your part to
help offset carbon emissions by booking a direct flight. The most damaging carbon
emissions are released from an airplane during the takeoff and landing.

Another way you can travel greener by air is to book a flight on a "green plane." Many
airlines are transitioning some of their planes to operate more efficiently. Boeing recently
introduced its new 747-8 Intercontinental jumbo jet. According to the company, the plane
provides 16 percent better fuel economy, 16 percent less carbon emissions per passenger
and generates a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than its predecessor, the 747-400.

Driving

If you plan on driving to your vacation destination and don't own a fuel efficient or
hybrid car, consider renting one. Renting the smallest car to comfortably meet your needs
not only saves the environment, it also saves your car from accumulating additional
miles.

Take the Train

For shorter destinations, consider traveling by train. Not only do trains emit less
damaging carbon emissions when compared to airplanes, they provide a unique travel
experience. You will be able to see so much more from the inside of a train, than from
30,000 feet or behind the wheel.

Where To Stay


Green Hotels
The hotel industry is doing its part to protect the environment by offering eco-friendly
accommodations. Green hotels are popping up around the world offering luxury
accommodations while also helping to reduce energy, water, and waste. Look for hotels
that make use of solar and wind powered energy, water saving devices, non-toxic
cleaning supplies, organic cotton sheets and towels, and energy efficient lighting. For
more information on green hotels, check out the Green Hotels Association's website.

Getting Around

Use public transportation such as buses, shuttles, or trolleys as much as possible and take
advantage of hotel vans to get to and from airports. Or better yet, walk or take a bike ride.
These options are a cheaper alternative, reduce your carbon footprint and force you to get
outdoors and enjoy your natural surroundings.

This summer don't check your green habits at the hotel door. Be sure to take the reduce,
reuse, recycle mantra with you along with your carry on luggage.

				
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