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

Help For Home Gardeners

Nationwide, local extension agents offer soil testing and instruction in organic methods, making rain barrels, choosing native plants and a host of low-cost and no-cost services.

Beyond Antibiotics

Antibiotics for pets can carry considerable downsides, so it's worth exploring natural options like herbs, homeopathy and nutritional interventions with a holistic or integrative vet.

Alice Robb on the Transformative Power of Dreams

We can teach ourselves first to recall our dreams and then to influence them to enhance our inner growth and creativity, says the author.

Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

Chinese seniors that ate more than two teaspoons of nuts a day were found to have better thinking, reasoning and memory than those that didn’t eat nuts.

Sleep Better and Feel Happier With Probiotics

Italian students that took probiotics for six weeks were less depressed, angry and tired than those in a control group.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags