Eco-friendly Travel Tips: 4 Ways to Reduce Resources, Save Money

Holiday travel is a guarantee for most people. Whether packing up the car to visit grandma or flying to see family and friends, traveling during the holidays can take a toll on passengers and the environment. However, there are ways to keep it under control.To help reduce your carbon footprint and save money, check out these eco-friendly travel tips.

Top 4 Eco-friendly Travel Tips: Easy Ways to Save Resources and Money

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Maintain Your Car

If driving, make sure the vehicle is up-to-date on all required maintenance. Some quick car maintenance includes: an oil change, inflating tires (don’t forget the spare), and filling up the day you depart.

When planning, check for construction or delays that could idle cars too long. Then plan an alternate route. This will prevent losing gas mileage and reduce car emissions. Other eco-friendly tips are avoiding excessive speeding, carpooling and packing light cargo. If flying, pack light (mail presents if needed), book direct flights, and rent small and/or hybrid cars.

Eat Local

Many destinations have farmers markets and restaurants that use locally sourced ingredients. Shopping at a farmers market and grocery stores will save money, provide opportunities to cook at home, and support local growers.

When dining out, look for restaurants that use fresh produce, meats and other ingredients. Not only does this support local farmers and the economy, but it also provides fresh flavors not available at a chain or large restaurants. Additionally, find vacation rentals within walking distance to restaurants and attractions to save energy resources, gas and keep everyone active.

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Use Public Transportation

Buses, trolleys and bikes offer an eco-friendly way to travel and see the area. If visiting beach destinations – including those in Alabama, California, Florida and South Carolina – rent a bike to help the environment. Many mountain destinations in Colorado and Utah have free public transportation options. Other destinations offer trolleys, shuttles and buses at a low cost, saving money as well. Remember walking is a healthy and eco-friendly travel option, too.

Reduce Energy Usage

Before leaving the house, unplug appliances and electronics that will not be used. Suggested items include: TVs and entertainment systems, computers, lamps and coffee makers. Also double check that most lights are off – leave a couple on for security purposes – and adjust the thermostat.

During vacation, practice these tips in rentals as well, and keep showers short, and use hard plastic water bottles that refill easily. Note: Keep the thermostat warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter when traveling.

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