Eco-Friendly Summer Vacation

Eco-Friendly Summer Vacation

Summer is finally in the air, and for many people, that means an exciting summer vacation is just around the corner. One of the best eco-friendly changes you can make in your lifestyle is to travel greener this summer. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that goal.

Plan a Volunteer Activity at Your Destination

Look up environmental groups at your destination, and see what volunteer opportunities they're offering on the days you'll be in town. Helping plant trees, picking up trash, spreading the message about sustainable living, or even planting organic gardens will help you feel more in touch with nature. You'll be giving back to the earth and enjoying some time away from home.

Focus on Outdoor Activities

Instead of spending time indoors, partake in outdoor adventures such as hiking and lounging on the beach. You'll use less electricity, and you might even get to observe the ways that human activity is impacting nature. This will inspire you to maintain your green lifestyle.

Minimize the Environmental Impact of Your Transportation

Fly direct when possible, as this requires less fuel. Also, avoid renting a car at your destination and take public transportation instead. Walking is also a great way to get from place to place without burning additional fuel -- and it's good for you.

Pack Lightly and Sustainably

Don't purchase travel-size personal hygiene products. Their packaging just generates more waste. Instead, refill small bottles you already have lying around with shampoos and soaps from your standard bottles. When packing your bags, only bring what you need. This will make it easier to get around on pubic transportation.

Look for Eco-Friendly Accommodations

Before checking into a hotel, make sure they use green practices. Do they have water-conserving appliances and allow you to re-use towels and sheets? Do they give guests control over their own thermostats, so you can turn off the heat while you're away?

Another one of the easiest eco-friendly changes you can make is putting your travel expenses on a eco-friendly sustainable credit card, such as the one from Sustain:Green. Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint and fund rainforest preservation with every swipe.

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