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Take an Eco-Friendly Vacation

Become an eco-tourist and lessen your carbon footprint on your next vacation.

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Money isn't the only cost of a vacation - every trip we take has an environmental price as well. The impact of travel goes beyond the greenhouse gases emitted by planes and cars. The amount of water you use, waste you produce, and purchases you make can all have negative effects on the planet.

Taking an eco-vacation and becoming more environmentally aware is about lessening your carbon footprint during your time off. Tips for travel include:

  • Take a home-based vacation and exploring close but unknown areas of interest like your local zoo or national park

  • When traveling outside your own town, look to close by attractions within 100-150 miles and even consider renting a hybrid car for the trip

  • When staying overnight, go with green-lodging listed at The Green Hotels Association or Environmentally Friendly Hotels

  • Finally, minimize your waste whenever possible and bring home things that matter, like pictures, instead of impersonal souvenirs that were probably imported.

Remember when choosing your mode of transportation that planes emit the most carbon dioxide per traveler by far, and then cars, then trains, and then buses, depending on the number of travelers. Check out the Union of Concerned Scientists' green travel planner to plan your trip accordingly. And of course, just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you should abandon the 3Rs. Whether you're in the office or on a sunny beach, "reduce, reuse, recycle" should be your mantra.


Take Action / Next Steps

Learn about eco-tourism in Honduras and get ideas for your next trip.

Learn why trains are a great option for long distance traveling.


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"Flight Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions." Advance Parking. Available from: [15 April 2009]

Bird-Hill, Ida. "Avoid After Vacation Stress." Ezine Articles. Available from: [15 April 2009]

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