Do you love the earth as much as you love exploring it? The good news is there are plenty of ways to keep your wanderlusting ways while also being eco friendly. While you may think that going green is complicated, that is not the case at all. These simple tips will help you to reduce your carbon footprint and have a fantastic trip all at the same time.
You’ve probably guessed we’re a fan of traveling via motorcoaches, this is one of the major reasons why. Coaches are one of the greenest ways to travel. In fact, a coach can replace up to 55 less efficient vehicles on the road and is up to 4x more efficient than a plane and 2x more efficient than a plane according to the ABA. Add that to the fact that charter buses are also one of the most comfortable ways to travel (hello reclining seats, onboard wifi, and clean latrines) and the decision to take a motorcoach is basically a no brainer.
Select LEED Certified Hotels
LEED certified hotels are environmentally conscious, sustainable hotels. While you may think that going green would mean that you have to select a basic, no-frills hotel. The truth is quite the opposite. Choosing a green hotel doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. In fact, many nice hotel chains such as Marriott and Hyatt have LEED certified hotels that have environmentally friendly initiatives such as using LED lighting and low-VOC finishes and furnishings, installing only low-flow fixtures and plumbing, and having a comprehensive recycling program. Many hotels also build from sustainable, local resources and give back to the local economy. That’s why selecting a LEED certified hotel is so great when you’re trying to be green while traveling.
Instead of bringing your entire wardrobe with you, select ‘capsule’ pieces that can be mixed and matched to lighten the load and decrease the amount of fuel needed to get from point A to point B. Bring a reusable water bottle to reduce the number of plastic water bottles being used and try buying local snacks and souvenirs instead of things that were packaged and then shipped. All of these little steps can make a big difference in your carbon footprint.
Green travel is important in today’s ever increasingly connected world. As travel gets easier and people take more vacations, we need to be mindful of the impact we are making on the environment. So get your earthloving self out there via motorcoach and enjoy your trip while having the peace of mind that you are making a conscious effort to reduce your impact on the environment.