A lot of people think that taking an eco-friendly vacation is difficult, some even think it is an oxymoron. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are lots of ways to reduce your environmental impact while you vacation – you just have to adjust the way you do things a little bit. Here are 5 quick and easy eco-friendly travel tips.
Bring your own refillable water bottle. Whenever you are traveling, it’s important that you bring your own refillable water bottle so that you don’t have to buy plastic water bottles everywhere you go. It may take some getting used to – thinking about whether or not you have your water bottle with you before you head out for the day, but once it becomes a part of your routine, things will get much easier. You will also no longer have to stop and find places that sell water bottles throughout the day.
Carry your own utensils. Let’s face it, when you travel, you tend to eat out a lot more often than normal. If you are picking up food to go, it can be very easy to take the plastic utensils that are provided with your meal. However, those plastic utensils are often not recyclable, and they really start to add up after a while. All you have to do is keep a set of utensils in a small bag, as well as a small rag that you can use as a napkin. When you are done eating, you can give your utensils a quick rinse with the water from your bottle, and wipe them dry with your rag.
Use public transit. One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint when you’re traveling is to always use public transit, rather than taxis or rental cars. Not only will you be contributing to a lot less burning of fossil fuels, but you will also have an opportunity to meet locals and get a great view of the city.
Find a hotel with a small kitchen. If you want to eat healthy, save money, and save the environment, you can find a hotel room with a kitchen. If you are staying in Miami Beach, just research hotels in Miami Beach that have rooms with kitchens. This way you won’t be ordering food to be delivered, and you won’t be traveling around town as much to search out restaurants.
Don’t have your towels and linens washed each day. It used to be standard that all hotels would wash your towels and your bed linens each day, but when you think about it, no one does that in their own homes. So why do we expect it when we travel? These days, most hotels will tell you not to leave your towels on the floor if you don’t want them washed, and they will give you a way to specify that you don’t want your linens washed daily either. You can save a lot of water and energy this way, and it couldn’t be any easier add to your routine.