- Green rooms are still great. If you're undecided on travel plans, consider booking a green hotel. To encourage people to educate themselves about earth-friendly vacations, there are several companies offering great deals and suggestions to get you started. The US Green Building Council awards buildings a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and that includes hotels! Travelzoo currently offers a sale at these locations and Travelocity has 40 percent off at 40 green hotels, too.
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- Bags packed and ready to go? Sadly, flying is the least eco-conscious way to travel but, if that's your only choice, non-stops are better than connecting flights for more than just your time. It's better for the environment to carpool — especially in a hybrid or electric vehicle — or take a train or bus for long distances. Once you get there, try to rely on public transport, carpooling, or sharing a cab but, better yet, try biking or walking for an additional fitness bonus.
- Reuse, reuse, reuse. Not only is bringing an empty bottle a cost-saving tip to get fluids on board, reusing it is a super idea for the whole trip. Likewise, bringing a reusable tote leaves less recycling and lasts longer or put purchases into one bag when shopping whenever possible.
- Unplugged and shut off. About half of you admitted to being more careless with energy use in hotels last year but there's still time to change! Remember to turn off lights in rooms you are not in and when you leave for the day. Turn heaters and air conditioners down (or off) and unplug your personal electronic devices while you're at it.
- Don't throw the towel in. It's easy to just toss the towel on the floor after your shower but remember that rehanging the towel tells housekeeping you'll use it again. I don't know about you, but I definitely don't wash my towels every single day at home so don't take advantage of a hotel and try to get a couple uses in at least.