Tips to Reduce Your Vacation Carbon Footprint

When you’re deciding where to go on your vacation, chances are that you choose a destination partly due to the beautiful environment. Tourism is dependent on intact ecosystems. Tropical beaches, vibrant coral reefs, beautiful vistas and other natural elements are key motivators for vacation choices. What would happen if something negatively impacted your favorite location? What if there were things you could do to keep our precious environments pristine?

Here is a list of simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the place you are visiting:

1. Reduce Travel Emissions: Use public transportation, and if you need to rent a vehicle, choose a hybrid car. For shorter distances you could rent a bicycle or simply walk; you will be surprised at how much more you will notice along your route.

2. Buy Local: A good way you get to know the local culture, enjoy new experiences and even save money is to buy and use local products and frequent local establishments. It’s often a rewarding choice, not only in terms of financial and carbon savings, but because of the unforgettable experiences you gain. If it’s locally grown, it didn’t have to travel that far, whereas imported products are a huge contributor to global carbon emissions.