Planning a green vacation - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Planning a green vacation

Posted:
If you don't have to fly, consider another mode of transportation: coach buses are the greenest option, followed by trains, then cars. (©iStockphoto.com/Remus Eserblom) If you don't have to fly, consider another mode of transportation: coach buses are the greenest option, followed by trains, then cars. (©iStockphoto.com/Remus Eserblom)
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and f...More >>
    DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and f...More >>
  • One injured during skydiving in Mercer County

    One injured during skydiving in Mercer County

    GROVE CITY, Pa. One person was flown by medical helicopter from Skydive Pennsylvania in Mercer County after a rough landing.Emergency crews responded to the skydiving center at Grove City Airport around 6:50 p.m. Saturday evening.21 News is told the victim's parachute did open, but the man was injured during the landing.His condition is not known at this time.More >>
    GROVE CITY, Pa. One person was flown by medical helicopter from Skydive Pennsylvania in Mercer County after a rough landing.Emergency crews responded to the skydiving center at Grove City Airport around 6:50 p.m. Saturday evening.21 News is told the victim's parachute did open, but the man was injured during the landing.His condition is not known at this time.More >>
  • Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

    Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

    LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County.  Vehicles are often using the same lanes as Amish buggies and localMore >>
    LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County.More >>


By Rachel Bertsche for Green Goes Simple

I recently returned from a weeklong honeymoon. Aside from being in awe of Croatia's breathtaking scenery, delicious wine and fabulous seafood, I was struck by the little steps my hotel took to be greener. We had to use our key to turn the lights on in our room, which meant we could never leave the lights on when we weren't there. Brilliant! Also, the air conditioner only worked when all the windows were closed, so no energy was wasted. Genius!

The hotel's green tendencies got me thinking about what I could do to increase the eco-friendly factor of all my vacations. Turns out you don't have to sleep in a tree house to travel green. The International Ecotourism Society offers plenty of tips for making your trip safe for the earth, no matter if you're booking a five-star getaway or a rustic trek.

"People think sustainable travel means really roughing it, but there are a range of options and a range of opportunities," says Ayako Ezaki, director of communications for TIES. "You don't need to be one specific kind of traveler, and you don't need to be overwhelmed." Follow these tips for a green vacation everyone will love:

1) Before you book, call any hotels or tour operators you're thinking of using and ask them if they have any environmental policies and if they employ local citizens. Find out if they have any eco-label ratings or have won any eco-awards.

2) When choosing your method of travel, think about the hierarchy of transportation. According to TIES, air traffic is responsible for 10 percent of greenhouse gases worldwide. Coach buses are the greenest option, followed by trains, then cars. If you don't have to fly, consider another mode of transportation.

3) While you're there, support the local community. "The key words we often use are ‘local' and ‘authentic,'" says Ezaki. "Take advantage of the vast knowledge of the citizens by hiring local tour guides." Also, skip souvenirs that may have been manufactured thousands of miles away and instead buy gifts made in the community.

4) Once you're home, write reviews and give feedback. "The tourism industry is reputation-focused, so what each traveler can tell a business is more important than you may think," says Ezaki. "Your message as a consumer is saying, ‘I care about the environment; I want you to be greener.' That alone will get people to implement change."

Rachel Bertsche is a Web producer and journalist in Chicago. She's written for publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Outside and Fitness. She's currently working on her first book, MWF Seeking BFF, which will be out in 2012. If you can't wait, check out her blog of the same name. 

Copyright (c) 2010 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved.
*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms