10 Eco-Friendly Travel Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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In celebration of Earth Day we conducted a survey and found that more than 86% of respondents wished they could be more environmentally friendly when traveling.

At Generali Global Assistance, we’re fans of responsible travel and the motto “take only photos, leave only footprints.” There are plenty of ways to plan an eco-friendly trip and enjoy your vacation even more.

Our top tips for being more eco-friendly and reducing your carbon footprint when traveling

  • Try to book non-stop flights to reduce your carbon footprint. Not only does it make traveling easier, a large amount of a plane’s carbon emissions take place during takeoff and landing.

  • When taking a short trip, consider taking the train or bus rather than flying. Kick-back and enjoy the view, while reducing your carbon footprint.

  • Before leaving home, adjust your thermostat, turn down the water heater and unplug electronics that leach power, even when turned off.

  • Let your eco-friendly ways do the talking and stay at a hotel that makes green a priority. Green Key Global can help you find the perfect green hotel.

  • No recycle bin in your hotel room or vacation rental? Request one and let the manager know recycling is important to you. Be sure to participate in your hotel's linen program. Consider if you really need to change your sheets or towels every day.

  • Don't forget to turn off the AC, heat, lights and TV in your hotel room when you leave.

  • When done reading your morning newspaper, leave it in the lobby for someone else to read.

  • Instead of renting a car, use public transit—it's a great way to explore a city and track down the local haunts while practicing environmentally friendly tourism. If you do rent a car, consider a hybrid or economy car that requires less gas. 

  • Pack a reusable water bottle to use while sightseeing instead of buying disposable plastic bottles that are not eco-friendly.

  • Buy local products and food. Ask your concierge, or use concierge services included with your travel protection plan, to find local farmers markets or restaurants with locally sourced food. You can get a real taste for local culture and be environmentally friendly.

Some travel to change lives. Others travel to change the world. Whatever your choice, pick an interesting destination and be mindful of Mother Nature by reducing your carbon footprint and leaving only footprints while you travel.

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