10 Tips to Green Any Vacation

Easy Eco-travel Advice




Green travel doesn’t mean sleeping in a treehouse or backpacking into a jungle to rescue orangutans, but simply keeping a few Earth-friendly ideas in mind when planning a summer vacation. Of course, when traveling to a foreign country, making an effort to get to know the people, their culture and a few words of their language, respecting local customs and showing appreciation also go a long way toward avoiding the label of “Ugly American.” The easiest eco-travel tips are these:

1. Pack lightly.
2. Find a “green” hotel or eco-lodge.
3. Book a downtown hotel that is walking distance from sights.
4. Take short showers, reuse towels and switch off lights, heat and air conditioning when leaving  the room.
5. Ask if the hotel recycles, and participate.
6. Take a non-plastic water bottle that can be refilled.
7. Use public transportation.
8. Eat vegetarian, or at least meals comprised of local meats and produce.
9. Always stay on marked trails and be respectful of nature and wildlife.
10. Buy locally produced gifts and souvenirs to support the local economy.


Sources: www.MSNBC.com/GreenTravel, www.Geekabout.com, www.IndependentTraveler.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Dirt Houses Cancer-Protective Microbe

Soil contains bacteria that kills melanoma cancer cells, say Oregon State University researchers.

Doctors Underestimate Opioid Prescriptions

A survey of 109 emergency room doctors found they frequently underestimated how often they prescribed opioids and that they prescribed fewer when alerted to the situation.

Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids

Dutch children that had been breastfed had a 45 percent lower incidence of asthma later in childhood.

Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems

Adults that were spanked as children turned out to have a higher risk of depression, suicide attempts, drinking and drug use, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Wild Berries Prove Anti-Cancer Prowess

A naturally occurring compound found abundantly in wild berries increases the cancer-fighting ability of sirtuin 6 enzymes.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags