Ideas for Planning a Green Vacation

June 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Family playing on the rocksAre you taking a summer vacation this year? Consider these Go Green suggestions to make it a more environmentally friendly trip.

Select a green destination- does the city have:

  • A robust public transportation system
  • Acres of parkland
  • Walkable neighborhoods
  • Designated bike lanes
  • Farmers markets

Hotel stay

  • Skip the bottles of water in the room, instead opt for reusable beverage container
  • Participate in the hotel’s linen and towel reuse program, if available
  • Turn lights off when you leave the room
  • Decline housekeeping (some hotels will give a food and beverage credit)
  • Bring your own travel size soaps to use (encourage hotel to enroll in Clean the World, a nonprofit organization that sends donated hotel toiletries to developing countries).

Green activities

  • Sail, snorkel, scuba dive, hike, paddleboat, paddleboard, kayak, bike, swim, bird-watch
  • Visit crafts or food market, and use reusable bags
  • Take a tour with local guides
  • Use available space in your suitcase to provide supplies to communities you visit with “Pack for a Purpose”:
    • It’s easy- check your destination; find an accommodation or tour company and a project it supports; choose supplies you wish to take from the specific items requested; drop off the supplies at the accommodation or tour company.

Remember, you can Go Green with Starmark® by opting into the Starmark Document Center to conveniently access your important documents online 24/7/365.

Source: Green means go: How to plan an eco-vacation from start to finish. Andrea Sachs. The Washington Post. 5.22.17.

 

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