February 18, 2015
Before You Go
Book an eco-friendly hotel. You can get all of the comforts you want and still select an eco-lodging option almost anywhere in the world.
Plan sun protection. Purchase UV protecting swim shirts, hats, and other clothing to protect yourself without using sunscreens that damage coral reefs and local waters. Use a biodegradable sunscreen if you must and purchase it in advance as you might not find it where you’re going.
Reduce energy usage. Turn down the refrigerator and the heat and unplug appliances including coffee pots, televisions.
During Your Trip
Use your feet and stay on the trail. You will see so much more if you walk or bike rather than rent a car or take a cab. Or use public transit. to get around in cities. If you must rent a car choose a hybrid vehicle whenever possible. And, stick to the designated areas for hiking, biking, or dog walking (and be sure to pick up after your pet).
Keep the sheets. Everyone likes clean linens but just opting to have your sheets and towels changed every other or third day can save an amazing amount of water. Most hotels offer this as an option or you can request it upon check in.
Recycle. Ask the hotel where to put your recyclables if there is not a designated receptacle in the room. And don’t assume that they will be sorted if you place them in or near the trash.
Turn off the lights and heat/air-conditioner when you leave the room. It won’t take long for things to get comfortable again when you return and it will save energy and maybe even keep the cost of future stays down.