The next time you travel, consider doing so in an eco-friendly manner. Follow these green travel tips and plan a trip that can help save the planet.
Eliminate your carbon footprint
The first step eco-friendly travelers take is to plan on eliminating their carbon footprint. By doing so, you can help tackle the global warming problem and also help transform the world to a
future where only clean energy is utilized.
At CarbonFund.org, you simply click on the "For an Individual" button, select the mode of transportation you will use when traveling and the
tax-deductible donation to offset your carbon footprint will automatically be calculated.
Before you leave for your trip, unplug all your unnecessary appliances. TVs, radios, microwaves and other appliances use energy even when they are off. Lower your thermostat and water heater
settings to reduce enegry waste.
Popular green destinations
There are eco-friendly destinations literally all over the world. In the United States, popular green destinations include the Pacific Northwest and the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. The
rain forests of Central and South America are also a top choice.
In Africa, the wildlife preserves attract a lot of eco-friendly travelers, as do other isolated locations such as the island of Madagascar. Iceland and Switzerland in Europe are pristine options,
while Laos and Thailand offer a variety of locations for eco-friendly travelers headed to Asia.
Select a green hotel
When deciding where to stay, it's important to make sure that you book your reservations with a green hotel. At GreenHotels.com, you can find a
group of member hotels that have taken the extra steps necessary to ensure their hotels are eco-friendly. Listings for green hotels are from all over the world - from Asia to Europe to locations
throughout the United States. Green hotels use a number of energy saving measures including CFLs, low-flow showerheads, recycling programs, eco-friendly packaging and much more.
At IStayGreen.org, you can find a database full of environmentally friendly hotel options. Simply use the search option on the front page of the
website and you will find a green hotel in your travel destinations. Also at IStayGreen.org is the ability to read user-generated reviews, which can give you first hand accounts of the different
hotel options before you complete your reservation.
While on your trip, walk as much as possible or use public transit. Never leave the lights or the air conditioner/heater running when you aren't in the room. When hiking or exploring, only use
marked trails to avoid destroying vegetation. Don't leave containers, trash or anything else behind.
If you want go on an adventure and help a good cause at the same time, many fantastic ideas can be found on RAWChallenges.com. Instead of
traveling for solely your pleasure, you can make a difference in the world.
By selecting a RAW challenge, you not only help out the host community, you are also simultaneously aiding charities by raising money. While these adventures can definitely be difficult, the
memories last a lifetime - as do the changes your participation helped create and inspire.
On the RAWChallenges.com website, you can view the trip calendar and register for the most eco-friendly travel experience possible.