This is a post written by Liz Cutten expressly for Tiny Green Mom. Liz runs FindAirlineCards, an airline rewards credit card site helping travelers save money on a daily basis.

6 Ways to Go Green on Vacation

Vacations are a time to get away from your stressful lives and enjoy yourself as a family, or even by yourself. What it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t just forget about helping the planet, which some people do. Instead, you’re going to want to keep some of these green tips in mind when you’re ready to go on your trip.

1. Consider your route – The longer you drive, the more gas you’re going to burn. Yes, I know that there are millions of people driving on a daily basis and many people have that, “I’m just one person mentality”, but many can make a difference. Try and vacation a hundred or so miles away from home, rather than thousands.

2. Research your hotels – Research the hotels that you’re going to be staying with. Are they going to be green friendly? Can you recycle? Do they do anything else to help the planet? Hotels like this generally love to advertise that they are “green.” You may find more than one, so make sure you get the best bang for your buck!

3. You don’t need to drive – According to some statistics that I had found online, the train is the best way to go when traveling across the country. They feature some of the lowest emissions per traveler in any other form of transport. This is a great way to enjoy the scenery and not worry about driving. Plus, you’re going to find that a train ticket is going to be much lower than a plane ticket.

4. Don’t forget about your home – When you leave, you have to remember your house is going to be unoccupied. You’re going to want to make sure that you turn your heat down to around 55-60, as well as make sure that turn down any electronics that you’re not going to be using such as your computer and more.

5. Be prepared with the supplies – Make sure that you bring some water bottles that you can refill on your trips. You will also want to bring other items such as a reusable bag if you’re going to be stopping at a local grocery store / farmer’s market to load up on supplies.

6. Buy locally – Since you’re going to be on vacation, I would advise that you purchase all your items locally. By purchasing from a local merchant, this means that you’re going to help out your eco-friendly footprint, since the items won’t be shipped from so far away.

See, you can still have fun, while helping the planet while you’re enjoying the mountains, oceans, or whatever may suit your fancy. Be sure to keep fun in mind, as well as the environment, so that you feel better when you get back home.

A BIG thanks to Liz Cutten for authoring this article for Tiny Green Mom!

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