If you took a poll asking people whether they’d prefer to be responsible or irresponsible travelers, most would choose the former over the latter. But what does Green Travel even mean? How do you do it? Do you have to sleep in a tent and cook on a solar-powered camp stove to be considered eco-friendly?
The truth is that sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. Individually, each one of these choices makes only a small difference. But collectively, becoming more conscious about these little things can have a huge impact.
What we’ve assembled below are 40 Green Travel Tips that EVERY traveler can use to be more eco-friendly. Most of them are ridiculously simple, such as using a refillable water bottle, putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door, and buying locally made products rather than imports. But if every one of our 30,000+ unique monthly visitors began incorporating these tips into their travel routine, our collective impact could be amazing!
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Just seven years ago, the award-winning documentary Who Killed The Electric Car? examined Big Oil’s role in quelling the energy-efficient automotive revolution. But if recent statistics are any indication, the 2014 Electric Vehicles market should be one for the record books.
Leading models such as the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Prius broke EV sales records in August thanks to lower lease prices and steep dealership discounts. The 11,363 Electric Vehicles sold during that month shows significant growth from the 4,175 sold during the same period in 2012.
But forecasters are predicting the EV market will grow exponentially larger in 2014, with some of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers ready and eager to enter the fray.
(The following is a guest post by Kristin Addis of Be My Travel Muse, a website geared towards independent travelers who like to head off the beaten path in Asia and Australia. You can connect with Kristin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’re a blogger interested in contributing a guest post, please contact Bret Love at GreenGlobalTravel@gmail.com.)
Picture pristine blue waters, warm as can be, with visibility so perfect the reef practically glows right through in the bright sunlight.
These perfect conditions exist in diving towns all around the world, including the Similan Islands in Thailand, Sipadan in Borneo, Komodo in Indonesia, and Caye Caulker in Belize. It seems like every tourist in these dive towns is either getting some sort of certification, or is an advanced diver looking to spot something special under the waves. Maybe this will be the time they get to see a rare Hammerhead shark, a hard-to-spot Mandarinfish, or a majestic Manta Ray.
When we first launched Green Global Travel in November of 2010, we had a simple (if ambitious) mission: To learn how to travel, and live, more sustainably, and to share that knowledge with others. To some degree, we started the “Go Green Tips” section for ourselves, to encourage our ongoing education in all things eco-friendly.
From early tips on energy-efficient lightbulbs and shopping at thrift stores rather than buying new clothes, we eventually graduated to more complex topics such as how to choose a “Green” hotel and DIY rainwater catchment systems. The most important thing we learned along the way is that being Green isn’t about grand gestures, but the little decisions we make every single day. It’s about making more responsible choices that consider our impact on the planet.
Those choices extend to the foods we choose to put into our body. As we learn more about the environmental and health risks associated with GMOs and processed foods, we’ve gradually added a lot more organic fruits and vegetables to our diet. Recently we’ve been doing more research into the health benefits of certain foods, many of which have been proven to help prevent certain diseases. We decided an overview of these healing vegetables would be perfect for our 100th Go Green Tip, as it spotlights the crucial role nature plays in our general well-being. Hope you enjoy!
SPECIES: Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) & Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)
CURRENT RANGE: Sumatra (Indonesia) & Borneo (Malaysia and Indonesia)
CURRENT THREATS: Deforestation, poaching
CONSERVATION STATUS: Critically Endangered (Sumatran) and Endangered (Bornean)
WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM: All over Malaysia and Indonesia, in the wild or at a rehabilitation center.
What are they?
The word “orangutan” means “man of the forest” in the Malay language… which makes sense when you consider that orangutans share 96.4% of our genes. They have grasping hands at the end of long arms, which allows them to swing through trees from branch to branch. They can grow to be between 1.25 and 1.5 metres tall; females weigh in at 30-50kg, and males at 50-90kg. We can easily identify orangutans by their red hair, but another distinguishing physical feature in males can be specified as “flanged” or “unflanged.” The flanged males have prominent cheek pads and a throat sack for long calls, whereas the unflanged orangutans do not have such features. They eat wild fruits such as lychees, mangosteens, and figs, and extract water from holes in trees by slurping it up.