Out and About
Once you’ve arrived at your eco-friendly lodging via eco-friendly transportation with your eco-friendly luggage, you’re ready to enjoy your trip! The way you experience this new location also has environmental repercussions. As much as possible, walk or take public transportation rather than renting a car or hiring a taxi. It’ll not only save fuel, but give you a much better feel for the city you’re in.
When you eat out, eat local. Find independent restaurants that serve regional cuisine, preferably sourced from local farmers. Just as you didn’t want to burn excess fuel getting there, you don’t want your food to, either. If you stay in a hostel with a kitchen or a hotel with a kitchenette, buy produce and cook a few meals in.
Resist the temptation to pick up every map, pamphlet, and brochure you see. Select only those that truly interest you, and when you’re done, leave them where others can use them.
And when it comes time to buy gifts for your friends and family back home, consider quality over quantity. Choose smart gifts that people will appreciate over cheap souvenirs that will be soon discarded. If your family doesn’t need anything, send a postcard. The personal touch will be meaningful, and it can later be recycled.
Remember: to really do it right, don’t just plan an eco-friendly trip, but make eco-friendly travel choices every step of the way from departure to homecoming.