Green Travel Tips
Doing Your Part for the Planet
- 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.