Let’s face it flying is just plain bad for the environment. But there are plenty of ways to strive for green air travel.
Our Top 8 Tips for Green Air Travel
Take a Non-Stop Flight
We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. When you take a non-stop flight there are fewer carbon emissions.
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Bring a Snack
Not only do you save a few bucks, but by packing a snack in a small reusable container you’re reducing waste. Plus, you’ll likely find a reason to reuse your container while traveling to cut down on more waste.
Bring a Water Bottle
Approximately 80% of plastic bottles end up in landfills. The best thing you can do is bring a stainless steel water bottle.
Use Electronic Tickets
Electronic tickets cut down on paper waste. Plus they’re convenient.
When you take less stuff, less fuel is needed to move it. We have a great guide to packing light, check it out.
Take Public Transportation to and from the Airport
Sure, taking a cab or driving your car is easy, but to make your air travel greener take public transportation.
Don’t Eat at Airport Food Courts
Have you ever noticed that almost all airport restaurants use disposable plates, napkins, silverware, etc? Avoid the food courts and you’ll avoid excess trash.
Other alternatives to flying
Even better than flying is to stay closer to home or opt to drive instead of fly. Here are some ideas for your next vacation. Perhaps this time you want it to be a green vacation? Here are some of the best green vacation ideas we’ve come across.
Camping, provided you practice leave-no-trace camping, is a one of the best green vacations. It’s fun by yourself or with friends and family. Be sure to stay on trails and in designated camp sites. Look for signs and obey rules and regulations the camp area has.
Rent an RV
I’ve never done this (yet) but, renting an RV and driving across the country makes for a great green vacation. While RVs may get terrible gas mileage, your vacation will make up for this because you’re not flying nor are you using resources such as electricity at a hotel. Just make sure it’s a small RV.
Read and Relax Vacation
Go somewhere closer to home (via car, train, or bus) and spend your entire trip reading and relaxing. Not only is this rejuvenating but it has a low impact on the environment, especially if you check out your books from the library!
Visit State and National Parks
There are state/national parks across the world. Visit them to support their conservation efforts.
Visit Family and Friends
When you visit family and friends on vacation you’re sharing resources and thus more likely to be green. Plus, you’ll get the insider’s scoop on the destination you’re visiting.
Train to Anywhere
Taking an overnight train is an incredible experience and it makes for a very green vacation. Amtrak (in the US) has more options than you might think. Looking for an ultimate train ride? Check out the Trans-Siberian. Fair warning: 7 days on a train is a very, very long time.
There are always ways to make a vacation more green. Involve your partner or family in the process and make it more fun. And if you do fly, try to pick an eco-friendly airline and strive for green flights. Green air travel is still a bit of an oxymoron, but you can take a few easy steps to be a more responsible traveler when flying by plane.