Green Travel Tips

Doing Your Part for the Planet

Air Travel

  • Fly non-stop (Boston Logan offers nonstop service to more than 71 domestic and 32 international destinations).
  • Do the research. Many airlines post their environmental policies online.
  • Choose airlines with in-flight recycling programs.
  • Choose electronic tickets over paper if given the option.
  • Use your voice - provide feedback on your airline's environmentally-friendly programs.
  • Offset the carbon from your trip (purchase carbon offsets online).

Before Your Trip

  • Be sure to pack light!  Heavier planes use more fuel and emit more carbon into the atmosphere.
  • Stop your newspaper delivery.
  • Depending on weather, turn down heating thermostat or turn up the temperature on your air conditioner.
  • Turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
  • Unplug appliances that won’t be in use while you are away.
  • Bring a nightlight so you don’t need to leave a hotel bathroom light on.

At the Hotel

  • Look for hotels that are a member of the Green Hotels Association or have other environmentally friendly credentials. 
  • Let the hotel know that you prefer not to have towels and sheets changed every day. 
  • Turn off the AC, heat, lights, and TV when you leave the room.
  • Bring your own soap and toiletries to reduce waste.
  • Participate in the hotel’s recycling program.
  • Take opened hotel soaps and toiletries home to finish them and recycle packaging.
  • Conserve water. Keep showers short and turn off water while brushing your teeth. 
  • Bring your own cup or re-usable water bottle rather than using the disposable ones provided. 
  • Give feedback to the hotel on their environmentally-friendly programs. 
  • Unplug any appliances you will not be using. 

At Your Destination

  • Use public transportation where available.
  • Shared-rides, like hotel vans, are environmentally preferable to passenger cars.
  • Walk wherever possible – it’s a great way to experience a destination!
  • Take only brochures or maps that you plan on using. 
  • Use a digital camera instead of a disposable camera.
  • Many cities have bike rental programs -- sightsee, get some exercise and save money. 
  • If renting a car, choose a hybrid or the smallest car for your needs. 
  • Seeks out farmers' markets for meals and snacks.