Top 10 tips to reduce your travel footprint.
Happy St. Patty’s day to everyone! March, 2020 has certainly brought about a lot of uncertainty in the world regarding our health, the economy, and the unknown steps ahead. While we switch to a keener awareness of social distancing, abundant hand-washing and a kinder approach to caring for ourselves and others, we’re also hopeful to see a shift towards recovery due to the swift decisions made by leaders at the local, regional and global level.
This month’s blog post was originally slated to discuss traveling green! We believe it’s still a pertinent topic and one that we can all implement while planning our travels ahead–travels we hope can be a reality sooner than later! Some items below are easy, no-brainers that we should already be applying to our everyday lives. Let’s take a look at how to travel green for your next excursion:
- Bring your own water bottle and remove the plastic bottle surge to our oceans and landfills.
- Consider a local staycation — learn about your own town, discover historic sites, visit local shops, walk or bike to attractions.
- Turn off lights when you exit your hotel room; cancel housekeeping and reuse bedding during your stay; hang up towels and use more than once.
- Bring your own totes—forego the plastic laundry bag at the hotel and store your items in a reusable tote bag instead.
- Limit showers to five minutes–that’s plenty of time to get clean. Also, turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Switch to chemical free travel products–many companies offer green-friendly options from shampoo to body wash and more. If you use the products provided at a hotel, take them with you as they are thrown away if opened, therefore wasting the remaining product.
- Automate your thermostat while you travel. There’s no sense in keeping your home at 72 degrees when you’re gone for a week.
- Road-trip ready: make sure your tires are properly inflated; avoid running the air-conditioning; keep filters clean of dust and debris; remove extra weight in the trunk (pack what you will use); turn on the cruise control.
- Support local everything when you travel–the local coffee shop, the local boutiques, restaurants, clubs, etc.
- Go off the beaten path–walk a trail, visit a park. Anything you can do to turn off the engine and reduce vehicle emissions.
And, last but not least. If travel continues to be restricted for the weeks or months ahead, go online to explore new destinations. Zoos, museums, historic sites and popular attractions are increasingly offering FREE online virtual tours. While it may not be or feel the same, you can still learn and explore right from the comfort of your social-distanced environment.
Happy travels everyone–whether in person or online!