Often this involves substantial recycling, saving water and using less energy plus switching to supplies from sustainable sources. After all this good work, however, the time for a vacation looms and lots of folks are torn between taking traditional trips or finding a way to continue to protect the earth’s resources, whilst still having fun.
Depending on what sort of holiday is planned, it’s possible to be a green traveler if a little thought is given to alternatives at the planning stage. When air travel is a must, many people are taking longer vacations rather than making short, frequent flights, in the knowledge that airplane emissions are the most detrimental to the environment. Some consideration can be given to alternative means of transport, such as by boat, rail, bus or car. Local and regional vacations can combine an initial journey with onward travel by bike or public transport, for example.
Some hotels advertise themselves as eco-friendly, on the basis that they display polite notices about re-using towels and provide sheets made of organic cotton; they can also charge a lot of money for the privilege of being a guest. Much more important is checking out the extent to which a hotel’s policies are ecologically sound, and then taking a decision accordingly. More truly eco-friendly alternatives can include well-maintained self-catering apartments or cabins and camping grounds, many of which have achieved third-party certification as being responsible in terms of their relationship to the environment.
Great ideas for eco-travel locations
Access to fun and interesting activities in the fresh air makes any vacation a great experience. Outdoors enthusiasts will get a real kick out of visiting one or more of the San Diego camping parks. There are lots to choose from, with differing terrains and atmospheres, and the list of things to do in San Diego is impressive - including many museums and theaters. At Lake Morena, which is set in the east of the county, hikers and anglers enjoy the 3,250 acres alongside the campers. At Sweetwater Summit, horse-riders are accommodated and this park is near to some major attractions including San Diego Zoo, Tijuana and a variety of golf courses. All kinds of terrain are available for camping, including Vallecita, which is ideal for exploring the Anza-Borrego desert. With their tree-lined groves, Dos Picos and William Heise offer splendid shelter and, in the case of Heise, the historical landmark town of Julian is very close by.
Packing and participating
Travelers who want to be more eco-friendly travel light and support the neighborhood economy by making good use of local produce. Lighter luggage is easier to handle and, when transported, uses less fuel; so packing basic clothing and miniature-size toiletries, necessary medications and as few electronic gadgets as possible makes sense. Eating and drinking in locally-owned restaurants, and purchasing locally made souvenirs from sustainable sources, makes an important difference, and most travelers find local guides make the best and most knowledgeable travel companions on their eco-vacation.
Great ideas for eco travel vacations