They say, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, and without proper planning, that could include a much bigger footprint than you realize, no matter where you’re heading off to. This year make it your goal to travel in eco-style and leave without a trace!

They say, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, and without proper planning, that could include a much bigger footprint than you realize, no matter where you’re heading off to. This year make it your goal to travel in eco-style and leave without a trace!

Rest in peace

Choose a hotel that has been approved for the Green Seal Certification, which grants hotels this certification based on environmentally responsible practices.

http://www.greenseal.org/certproducts.htm#lodging

Hide your wallet

Save money by opting for pictures instead of trinkets and souvenirs and you’ll not only save money, you will make a positive impact on the environment. Many tropical places sell tortoise shells and other knickknacks that encourage negative behavior.

 Respect the ‘reef

Coral reefs are living animals and touching them can permanently damage their beauty. The reef is coated by a natural mucous membrane that, when touched, is removed. It’s similar to receiving a painful rug burn for humans. Admire from a distance and keep your space!

Observe local customs

In Italy it is absolutely imperative for travelers to wear conservative clothes when touring churches. Also be aware of views on photography and personal space.  In places like Africa you’ll want to ask before you take the picture of a native in their beautiful, traditional dress.  Protect your destination’s environment by doing your homework ahead of time.

Two birds, one stone

Stay green and active by choosing green activities like biking to tour your travel city! Places like Napa offer wine tours where travelers bike between locations and historic cities like Savannah have bike tours that allow you to see the sites up close and personal.