Have any trips planned this year? Check out these tips to learn how you can travel more sustainably!

 

Book Nonstop Flights. As you are planing your travel, look at nonstop flights. Take offs and landings create most of the carbon emissions.

Consider Going for a Road Trip! If you are planning a trip with a few friends, see if your destination is close enough to drive. Driving with multiple passengers can reduce the carbon footprint of travel. If you will be the only traveler, the more sustainable option would be to fly.
Check for Carbon Offset Options.  Some airlines have an opt-in option to reduce your carbon emissions for your specific flight. Ask your airline, or research the topic to find out if your flight could have this kind of program! A carbon offset option would mean that your flight carbon emissions would be offset by an investment in carbon credits.

Rent a Hybrid. Whether you’ve opted for a road trip or you are renting a car once you reach your destination, rent a Hybrid. They will use less gas and are more environmentally friendly.

Think About Taking a Train! Trains or ships tend to have less of an environmental impact.  The main reason that trains can cut your travel emissions in half is because it is designed to carry a lot of passengers, so the per passenger emissions are lower.

Feeling Adventurous? Go Backpacking!  Backpacking is a great way to see the natural world and its environment.  If you practice some of these other tips, your backpacking trip will have little to no carbon footprint. You are being self-sufficient, exploring locally and living minimally.

Bring a Reusable Water Bottle. This will minimize your plastic bottle use during your travel and once you reach your destination, which is a great way to protect animals from the harm and danger that comes from plastic bottles and from the waste of plastic bottles.

Stay in a Vacation Rental House or Condo. Hotels can use a lot of water and chemicals to clean hotel rooms every day.  By staying in a house or condo you are cutting down on water and chemical usage.

Ask Your Hotel if They Recycle. And do it! Recycling is one of the best ways to minimize your environmental impact, but also one of the easiest.

Shop Locally.  Once you have reached your destination, explore the town and help boost the local economy.

Don’t Litter. Littering can cause harm to the local wildlife, help your destination keep their city clean!

Use Public Transportation. Try to understand the easiest way that you can travel around and explore your destination. Public transportation can not only be the cheaper option, but it is also the greener option.

Fill Up with Replenish, Reduced Emissions Fuel, On Your Way Out of Town! For every gallon of Ricker’s Fuel you purchase from a store in the Ricker’s Replenish program, you also be investing in local greenscape, reforestation, wildlife protection, and renewable energy projects that not only reduce your car’s emissions but also improve your community!  Learn more about the Ricker’s Replenish program here.

 

As always, make sure you plan well! These tips can easily be integrated into your next trip when you research your destination and all the great things it has to offer.  Let your footprint be the only footprint. This will help the local economy, the local wildlife and the environment as a whole!