School is out and the weather is heating up — it’s summertime in Salt Lake City!
Summer heralds a season travel, whether it is a day trip up into the mountains, a family road trip, a flight across the country or even an international adventure. Whatever your plans, we’ve put together some tips to help you green your travels.
- Just say “no” to bottled water. Bring a reusable bottle, we recommend stainless steel. If you are traveling by plane, leave it empty through airport security and fill up once you are through. Lots of airports, including Salt Lake International, now have easy-to-use water filling stations.
- Leave no trace. When visiting natural areas, including state and national parks, leave nothing but your footprints. Pack out your trash and resist the urge to take any natural “souvenirs” — accept from the gift shop of course!
- Stay at a green hotel, if there is one available. Or choose to support a locally-owned business, which generally keeps more money in the community. A simple Google search is a great place to start.
- Reuse your towels and linens when staying at a hotel. Just like you would at home – hang up wet towels to air dry and then use them again! Your small action will help add up to some big water and energy savings.
- Know your hotel’s recycling policy and be sure to sort your trash accordingly.
- When you leave your room for a day full of adventure, turn off the air conditioning, lights and any electronic devices.
- Eat at a local restaurant when traveling. The same theory applies here as to staying at a local hotel. Many local restaurants also source local, and more sustainable, ingredients for their meals.
- Choose a nonstop flight if you can. More airtime equals more fuel consumed and a larger carbon footprint.
- Skip the rental car and rent bikes. Check out America’s top 50 most bike-friendly cities.
- If you are headed to a larger city, explore available public transportation. You’ll be traveling like a local!
- If you do need to rent a car, consider carsharing options (available in most large cities) or rent the smallest, most fuel efficient vehicle possible.
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- Embrace the simplicity of the staycation. There are some great ideas on Pinterest and family blogs, including spending the day at a city pool or creating a picnic adventure at a favorite park.
Do you have any tips of your own? Share them here!