Orlando, FL, January 18, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Simply put, green travel is travel in which a positive environmental impact is kept to a maximum and a negative environmental impact is kept to a minimum. Keeping your carbon footprint as tiny as possible while traveling will help preserve the entire planet, including that favorite vacation spot you always visit. That being said, traveling green sounds like something any traveler would be interested in, right? Right, but although many travelers may be interested in green travel not everyone knows where to start.
RezHub.com (a brand new travel website dedicated to greening up travel) put together a Green Travel Plan that makes traveling green easy for anyone, no matter what their shade of green. Remember, every little bit counts and following any or all of these steps will add up to a world of change.
A Green Travel Plan for Everyone and Every Trip
Before You Go:
Help be a part of the solution by booking at RezHub.com's Green Travel Hub; they'll donate 20% of the revenue to an environmental group so that every trip can make a difference. They'll donate whether the travel you choose is labeled green or not.
Consider booking with one of the RezHub.com green travel options. RezHub offers bookings with green hotels, hybrid rental cars, carbon offsetting programs, and more.
When renting a car, choose Enterprise. They not only have the largest selection of hybrid and fuel efficient cars available for rent, they also take huge steps for the Environment.
Look for hotels with a RezHub "Green Score." It's important to support the green efforts that each hotel takes because it shows management that they are doing the right thing, and it encourages further expansion of green programs.
Offset your Carbon Footprint. Choosing to go carbon neutral is one of the gateways to responsible travel. It's easy to do, and it's inexpensive.
While You're There:
These are some really simple steps you can take to help green up your stay, even if you didn't book with a Green Scored Hotel.
• Encourage the hotel you chose to go green or thank them for the green programs that they participate in. Speak with the management and let them know that green options are important to you.
• If your hotel has a sheets and towels reuse program, use it. If they don't, start your own. Let housekeeping know that you don't need them to replace your sheets and towels every day; this will reduce energy and water usage.
• Turn off the lights, air conditioner or heater, and the electronics in your room while you're out.
• Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, and take shorter showers.
• Bring your own toiletries, or if you use what the hotel provides make sure to take what's leftover home with you.
Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints…
• When you're visiting a park or any natural setting, don't disturb the plants or wildlife.
• Never buy anything made from an endangered animal or plant.
• Make sure you save any trash until you find a garbage can, and wherever possible save your recyclables for a recycling drop-off. Check out http://www.earth911.org to find a recycling drop off center in the US.
• Whenever you can, shop and buy from the local vendors. This helps support the local economy, and submerges you in the area's culture.
• Try to avoid the large chains that carry goods shipped in from overseas. All that shipping creates tons of CO2 and the large chains can push the locals out of business (if you wanted to shop at a big chain you could've stayed home, right?) .
• Consider volunteering some time on your trip. Spending even just one day volunteering makes a difference. Contact not-profit organizations in the area and set something up before you go.
When You Get Home:
Write a letter or send an email to the hotel you stayed in, the airline you flew and the rental car company you chose. Thank them for going green or encourage them to do so.
Send an email to email@example.com or post to the RezHub Green Travel Forums and explain how you turned your trip green. You might even win a free trip.
Keep these tips in mind while you're at home too, conserving resources almost always saves you green in the long run. And remember, it really is true that every little bit counts. If each of us took just one of these steps, imagine the difference it would make. Margaret Mead said it best, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."