Do you love to travel? Do you want to learn practical ways to lighten your footprint on land, in the ocean and in the air? Check out these tips and resources to use when planning your vacation.
If you are taking a road trip and have a gas guzzler, save money and lighten your carbon track by researching special deals on rental cars and choose a hybrid or electric vehicle. When you have to refuel, use the GasBuddy app to check local providers and prices. If you have an electric vehicle, the PlugShare app is a great resource for finding a variety of EV charging stations, covering over 50,000 worldwide including Blink, ChargePoint, SemaCharge and GE WattStation as well as the European networks RWE, Clever, Endesa and Enel. Plan ahead and make sure you can use the electric vehicle to get you where you want to go.
When flying to your dream destination, use the airline app to show your ticket or save it in your Passbook on the iPhone. Some other useful apps include SmartTraveler to keep you updated on alerts in the country you are visiting, MyTSA for airport security and TSA Pre registration as well as GateGuru, a TripAdvisor company providing one place to keep your tickets, schedule and rental car information. Find the best price on flights easily using Hipmunk and Skyscanner.
There are many choices of eco-friendly hotels throughout the world. Check out thirty gorgeous eco-friendly hotels in places like Chile, Grenada, Belize, India, Italy, France, Nevada and California. To help tourists find restaurants and tours, TripSketch Green Traveler provides over a dozen apps for eighty cities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania and you can filter with their “Do Good Feel Good” category showing you where to shop, eat and visit local nonprofits.
Cruising across the ocean is another fun way to spend your vacation out in nature. World Wildlife Fund and Nature Habitat Adventures have some amazing wildlife tours to take you deep into the ocean in the Galapagos and out in the wilderness on an African safari. The cruise line industry can emit even more carbon than an airplane so take time to research the company and learn about how they care for their impact on the oceans. 7 Ocean-friendly Eco Cruises Hitting the High Seas describes a number of lines that take sustainability seriously including Celebrity Solstice which uses solar panels and LED lights, Holland America uses plug-in power while at port and worked with their supply chain to reduce eight tons of waste generated each day and Disney Cruise Lines uses laundry water generated from the air conditioning system and were the first to use non-toxic coating on the hull of their ship.
If you don’t have the time or finances to take that trip you’ve been dreaming about yet, at least take a day to do something fun in a city near you. Download your city’s public transportation app and purchase tickets so there is no need to print or wait in line. Get creative being eco-friendly in your travel and enjoy your summer!
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