Travel Green


Did you know:

While the global aver­age car­bon foot­print is about 4 tons of CO2 per year, the aver­age North Amer­i­can gen­er­ates about 20 tons of CO2 each year. THAT’s 5 TIMES MORE!! …Seems like there is a thing or two we can learn from the peo­ple of other coun­tries and cultures.

What is a car­bon footprint?

A car­bon foot­print is the mea­sure of the amount of green­house gases, mea­sured in units of car­bon diox­ide, pro­duced by human activ­i­ties. They are detri­men­tal to the envi­ron­ment and lead to global warming.

Some things you can do to reduce your car­bon footprint

Learn what your per­sonal car­bon foot­print is with one of these online car­bon cal­cu­la­tor:

Remem­ber, GO LOCAL! and Sup­port Fair Trade . Enrich your expe­ri­ence and sup­port the local econ­omy by:

Hire Local Guides (ask if they are licensed and live locally)

Choose a locally-owned lodge.

Use local buses or car rental agencies.

Eat in local restau­rants that serve locally pro­duced foods.

Shop in locally owned gro­cery stores, and visit local farmer’s market.

Attend local fes­ti­vals and events

Con­sider Alter­na­tive Meth­ods of Transportation.

Uti­lize pub­lic trans­porta­tion and alter­na­tive modes of trans­porta­tion (walk, bicy­cle, kayak, horse, camel) as much as pos­si­ble. It’s a more sus­tain­able way to get around, and also a health­ier and more enjoy­able way to get to know the place you are vis­it­ing. If you have an iPhone check out their new “Green Travel Choice” app.

Con­sider book­ing eco-friendly fravel, or find a phil­an­thropy project to par­tic­i­pate in while abroad

Think about

Envi­ron­men­tal Con­sid­er­a­tions
Socio-Cultural Con­sid­er­a­tions
Eco­nomic Considerations

Buy high qual­ity travel gear, well-made items that fit well and that you will still like a year or two later, and wear them out before you get rid of them.

Water Purifi­ca­tion.
Instead of buy­ing bot­tled water, con­sider bring­ing your own purifi­ca­tion sys­tem. They can be very small and inex­pen­sive (com­pared to buy­ing mul­ti­ple bot­tles of water every day!).

Check out the Green Pass­port Pro­gram for more ideas on how to help the envi­ron­ment while abroad.