We all need a break fromthe long New England winter, especially this year with its constant barrage ofstorms. But vacations can produce a lot of carbon emissions!  Whether ski vacations are your thing orescaping to the warmer weather of the islands, there are things you can do tominimize your carbon emissions and make your vacation "greener". 

Flying, driving longdistances, staying in nice resorts, eating at fancy restaurants all use a lotof energy.  Airlines are becoming moreeco-aware and some like Delta actually recycle.  When flying, ask if your airline recycles cups, cans andnewspapers. The more people ask, the more the airlines will respond.  Decline a napkin unless you really needit.  Pack light – heavier luggageburns more fuel.  Bring only 3 oz. containersin your carry on.  Otherwise theywill be thrown out and end up in the landfill.

When driving, again, packlight. Roof racks add a lot of weight and require more fuel.  Make sure your car is properly tuned andyour tires inflated to increase efficiency.

If you need to rent a car,consider renting a hybrid.   Some rental car companies are starting to offer them.  Of course when it’s feasible, takepublic transportation instead.

Hotels are getting onboard now too and post signs about reusing towels, not automatically changingthe sheets everyday and recycling. Green hotels use low-flow showerheads andlow-flow toilets, fluorescent light bulbs, motion sensors for public rooms,lights out cards, etc.  You canfind them through green hotel accreditation directories.

Find restaurants that offerlocal and organic cuisine (usually fresher and better anyway). More and moreare doing so.  Cruise lines arestarting to produce less waste.  Ecotourism, which promotes responsible travel to natural areas, is gaining popularity.   There is even such a thing as green travel consultantsto help you plan your “green” vacation!

Every small step is beneficialfor you, the travel industry and the earth.  Why not try incorporating some green travel on your nexttrip!

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