Some Tips For an Eco-Friendly Vacation and Green Travel

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 13:48

Strategies of traveling green could save residents money, increase transit ridership, reduce local traffic, pollution and carbon emissions, and make streets safer for everyone.

While vacationing has positive features, has the potential to harm the environment, especially if followed by bad habits. Some green traveling tips can minimize its negative effects on the environment.

Bringing reusable bottles and bags, eating and drinking locally, traveling with cars rather than plan, staying at eco-hotels, packing lightly and many other factors could help protecting the environment and limit energy use.

Efforts for recycling plastics do exist but certainly not enough yet. Use reusable bottles and bags. While you are shopping, bring a bag (preferably a cloth one) and refuse to accept plastic bags for every item you buy. Also, bring a glass or metal bottle with yourself.

Eating locally produced food leads to emitting less carbon to the atmosphere. The more travelers eat local foods, the less food will be brought from other regions, which in turn means cutting the gas emitted by trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles which bring the food.

According to New York Times, flying a 4,000 kilometers distance will generate 20 percent of the greenhouse gases that your car emits over an entire year. Estimates show that about 20,000 planes are in use around the world, serving three billion passengers annually. By 2040, more than 50,000 planes could be in service, and they are expected to fly more often. So it’s better for the environment to travel less with planes. Cars and trains are a better choice in this regard.

The more weight planes, trains and cars have to carry, the more fuel they use, and consequently, the more greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere, which in turn causes the planet’s temperature to rise. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for every 45 kilograms taken out of the vehicle, 1-2 percent less fuel would be consumed. And this affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.

Finally remember to take nothing but photographs, and leave nothing but footprints.

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