Traveling can sometimes be stressful. Between the airlines, living accommodations, sight-seeing (although ALWAYS easier with the help of isango!-duh) and all while being on a time crunch could drive any totally-sane-completely-in-touch-with-reality-happy-go-lucky-person, kind of frightfully mad. And to throw in the conscientious effort to go green, you scoff ‘Well it can’t be done!’ But I assure you my friend, it can be done AND will make your travels all the more better because of it.
TIP # 1 – Starting with the home
Going green when you’re traveling starts with the home. Make eco-friendly decisions that not only helps the enviornment out, but also yourself once you’ve returned home from your travels.
-Take the time out and call your local newspaper to stop their services for the X amount of days you’ll be away. This not only saves you the hassle of dealing with the armfuls of newspapers once you return, but saves the paper for someone who will actually be enjoying the local happenings.
- Turn your heat or air conditioning to the lowest possible setting. Why waste money or fossil fuels for no one?
- Pull out any chargers (especially cell phones!) that are not using to charge anything. When left plugged in, these end up eating tons of energy.
TIP # 2 – On to your travels!
So you’re trying to figure out how to get to your destination, which usually consists of looking up airline flights, but how could you possibly go green when it comes to flying? Well being green is even possible with the airlines now, if you know where to look.
- Do a little research and look into airlines with a green friendly policy.
- For example, airlines like Southwest and British Airlines both have green policies and recycle all waste left in cabins.
- Look into electronically checking into your flight, the less paper the better!
TIP # 3 – Arriving at your destination
Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll probably be tired and just want to get to where you’re staying, but keep in mind how you’re getting there!
- Book ahead with a mini van or bus that will take you and fellow travelers to your hotel or place of stay. This option is much cheaper than a cab, and much more eco-friendly.
-If you’re feeling adventurous try public transportation! For the first day this may be a bit much, but try to use your destination’s public transportation as much as possible. This will give you a real feel for the location, and will give you a great chance to interact with the locals and find out some things you never would have known!
-When using public transportation look into a discounted travel card to help give you access to any form of public transportation for even lower prices.
TIP # 3.5 – A quick note about your living accommodations!
If staying in a hotel read this quick tip to turn your suite into a green paradise!
- Let the concierge know you are eco-friendly and ask that your towels/sheets need not be changed every day. Many hotels will assume you want this feature if you don’t tell them otherwise. Let towels air-dry, and let’s be honest how often do you change your sheets at home? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
TIP # 4 – Now, really start enjoying your travels
There are so many ways to make the most out of your trip, all while staying green and eco-friendly!
- Think about what activities and tours you really want to participate in and if possible try to find it through a local business. This way you’re not only sustaining the local tourist trade within the community, but you’ll recieve a more intimiate feel and understanding of your location with a local tour guide.
- This green tip is even easier with isango! We provide local businesses from every corner of the globe in order to give you the best vacation ever with their knowledge and expertise.
-Lastly, think about tours in a different way. Instead of taking an all day driving tour, think outside the box while still being eco-friendly. Ride a camel or swim with the dolphins
So now that you’re green savvy and know it’s possible to have the best travel experience while being eco-friendly, go out and test your knowledge! Happy travels!