Bon Voyage! Don’t You Mean Bon Verd-age?

Thankfully, as each month passes, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of going green. Today, there are hundreds of companies diligently working to provide environmentally friendly products and services. Considering that travel is responsible for a large portion of carbon emissions, it’s no surprise that the travel industry has begun flexing its green muscle. Nowadays, travel and transportation operations are coming up with unique ways to turn tourism green.

Here are some tips and tricks for making your vacations a little more earth-friendly.

Use the Carbon Offset Calculator

Let’s be brutally honest. While we always have the best eco-intentions, it’s not always easy to practice what we preach. That’s ok. If traveling is the one area of your life where you know you fall environmentally short, you can always consult the carbon offset calculator and pay cash-money penance. When you’re planning a trip, simply consult the carbon calculator, enter the details of your trip, and it will produce a donation figure that would offset the carbon footprint of your upcoming trip. Renewable energy groups get the funding they need and you can travel with a clear conscious.

Stay Local and/or Close

If you’re itching to take a vacation far from home, consider staying at an eco-friendly resort. Such destinations are beginning to become popular throughout Africa and South America. These hotels and resorts generally use local resources and do wonders to advance otherwise struggling economies. It’s a win-win.

The Small Things Do Make a Difference

Remember, it’s the small decisions that make the most long-term difference when it comes to the environment. When traveling, keep the following eco-conscious tips in mind:

1) Take public transportation to and from the airports on both ends. When you reach your destination, try to use bikes, public transportation and your own two feet to get around!

2) Reuse disposable items when traveling. If you buy a bottle of water, try to refill that same bottle throughout your trip.

3) When you leave your hotel room, turn off the lights, AC, heater and television.

A New Use for the Do Not Disturb Sign

The “Do Not Disturb” sign is not only for those times when you want to engage in adult fun. It’s also a way to signal to the world, “I’m green!” If you’re on vacation and staying somewhere that doesn’t have an eco-cleaning program, simply hang the Do Not Disturb sign on your door and don’t take it off until mid-week. If you’re the only party occupying your room, there’s absolutely no need to get the sheets washed every day. After all, do you change your sheets at home, daily? If everyone engaged in the Do Not Disturb rule, the amount of water saved could probably satiate an entire under-hydrated country.

Taking time out to explore the world and relax is important. All work and no play is never a good formula for a well-balanced life. But when you do travel, simply try and be green about it. Bon verd-age!

About the Author

Heather Johnson is a writer for Honeymoon Destinations, the leading online honeymoon planning resource. Learn all about the best honeymoon destinations today!