Eco-Friendly Vacation and Travel Tips

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When leaving on a family vacation, it is a common practice to turn off the lights and appliances before leaving the door of the house. Applying the same energy-conscious habits while on your trip can help to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. Here are a few easy steps you can take to travel greener while away from home.

  • Turn off the lights when leaving hotel rooms.
  • Turn down the heat or air conditioning.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle instead of frequently buying new plastic bottles.
  • Carry tote bags or backpacks instead of taking new bags everywhere.
  • Instead of driving everywhere, you may get a better sense of the place by traveling on foot, by bicycle, or the public transportation available.
  • Packing lighter reduces the amount of fuel needed to travel.
  • Eating local foods gives visitors the local flavor and saves energy on transport.
  • When choosing a rental car, try going with a smaller, fuel-efficient model. Many car rental companies such as Hertz, Avis, and Budget offer renting a hybrid as an option.
  • Try visiting more outdoor locations, such as national parks.