Traveling is a deep-routed inclination that becomes irresistible considering the beautiful land and different cultures to see. Traveling puts an impact on the environment, but traveling also inspires many people to want to save the environment. After the recent oil spill, I cursed BP and all oil, proclaiming I would ride my bike to the store and stop using the car as much as possible. An hour later, my fiancé and I were in the car, off to see the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Revisiting the magical mountains, variety of wildflowers, and that sweet grass smell, inspired me to expand my green research and resources. Fortunately, our red 2008 Toyota Yaris gets 36 mpg, using a little less than two tanks of gas. Of course this still made an impact, but it is a responsible choice when the inclination for an escape arises.
Travel is inevitable, but you can make your escape eco-friendly by using greener transportation and stay at eco-friendly locations.
Car Rentals should always be an eco-aware choice. Sure it is tempting to go for the convertible or gas guzzling hummer to treat yourself, but chances are you’ve done enough damage just getting to that location. Many car rentals now rent hybrids. If that’s a little over your price range, at least choose a gas efficient model. The Yaris isn’t a hybrid. If you are staying in a small strip, like a beach town, try renting bikes instead.
Bio-Beetle began in Hawaii, and is slowly expanding. It is a car rental place offering Volkswagon Beetles, Jettas, Jeeps, and Passats that run on bio-diesel. This is a clean burning diesel made from things like vegetable oil.
Hotels are a likely destination if you aren’t too keen on camping. It’s important to choose green companies. As a consumer, you choose the market. When you invest in green business, other companies will follow suit to regain a market. Here are some hotels with high-quality eco-performances.
Better World Club is a traveling club offering roadside assistance, travel assistance, and insurance. Any time you book with them, they offer $1 to the environment. If you book air fair, your payment already includes vouchers used to offset green house gases.
Bonus Due to partnerships, if you become a member of Better World Club, you can receive 15 percent discounts on eco-friendly car rentals like Bio-Beetle and EV Rental Car.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts have 44 properties utilizing hydro and wind power. In 1990 they became part of the Green Partnership Program, emphasizing the importance of waste management, and energy and water conservation. To save water, they use low flow shower heads, tap aerators and toilet dams.
Every front desk computer is wind powered. 80 percent of their hotels have reduced paper consumption, saving 20 percent of previous paper usage.
Kimpton Group hotels is another major face on green hotels. Find other green vacations through Manaca EcoTravel.
Escape eco-friendly by using green products and companies. Check for labels during shopping and bring cloth bags for your souveniers!