Novo-Solar-Systems-Travel-Green-with-7-Tips April 1st, 2015

Being an eco-friendly traveler doesn’t have to be so expensive. It’s all about adopting green methods and practices that can help you reduce carbon emissions, save energy, and money. If you’re already going green at home, then you should be good to go while you’re away. Going green wherever you are helps save and protect the places you love to visit or haven’t been to, yet.

Here are some green travel tips from packing and planning to transportation and souvenirs that can help the environment and your wallet:

1. Pack light.

If you’re flying, the lighter the better. The heavier the plane means the more fuel it burns. Try and stick to carry-on only if you can. It will definitely lighten your load and save you some cash with airline baggage fees.

2. Buy in bulk.

Save your money when it comes to travel-size toiletries and use empty travel bottles instead. You can fill them up with your own shampoo, lotion, etc.

3. Walk, bike, or use public transportation.

Not only is this a great way to interact with locals, it also costs a whole lot less than taking a cab or using a rental. It also lowers your carbon footprint too.

4. If you have to rent a car, go for a hybrid.

If a hybrid isn’t available, go with the smallest car, they are usually cheaper and more fuel-efficient.

5. Prep your car before hitting the road.

Road trips are always fun, but be sure to double check your car (tires, engine, etc) and get rid of unnecessary cargo in your trunk or backseat, it will lighten the load and save you some gas and cash.

6. Buy local.

Check out farmer’s markets for fruit and snacks. Buying souvenirs from local artisans can guarantee one-of-a-kind finds. Buying local is also cheaper because products aren’t being shipped in from somewhere else.

7. Bring your own reusable water bottle.

Billions of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and take forever to decompose. When travelling, you can help reduce all the waste. It might not be too easy if you’re travelling in a country where tap water isn’t safe to drink. Solution? Find a large container of purified water to keep in your hotel room. It’s cheaper and uses less packaging.

Click here for more ways on how to go green on your next vacation.