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Top Ten Tips to Traveling Green
It's fun and exhilarating to travel to new, unique places; however, it is always important to remember the lasting impact each person has on the environment. Wherever you go, make sure you keep in mind the conservation and protection of the natural and cultural environments you are interacting with. That means conserving plants, wildlife and other resources; respecting local cultures and ways of life; and contributing positively to local communities. Going green has moved from a fad to a lifestyle and for all you travelers out there, here are some tips for maintaining this...
- Consume Locally
By choosing locally grown meats, vegetables, fruits, and wines on your vacation you'll develop a fuller appreciation of your area while you enjoy it. The Maine lobster you order in Los Angeles is the result of an extensive long-haul shipping and handling. By ordering locally grown foods, you save fuel, packaging, and cost, as these meals are generally less expensive. For local products in the Dutchess County area, check out the Farm-Fresh link at http://farmfresh.dutchesstourism.com .
These vehicles save on gas and produce a significantly less amount of emissions then a standard car. If you would rather be chauffeured around, even airport car services are going green, with hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles available in many cities across the country.
- Skip the plastic bottled water.
Americans use 4 million plastic bottles every hour, but only 1 in 4 is recycled. When on the go or in-flight, make sure to fill up a reusable bottle at the airport or in your hotel room, because believe it or not, bottled water isn't always cleaner, and the production, shipment, and disposal of plastic water bottles are taking an enormous toll on the environment.
- Railways over Airways
For shorter trips, take the train instead of flying, especially regions where train service is fast and frequent. This will save on fuel and travel costs. For local train information visit www.mta.info or www.amtrak.com as both railways travel through Dutchess County.
- Reuse your sheets and towels
Instead of having them changed every day, go a few days with the same sets. Many hotels will not replace your towels if you leave them hanging up neatly; if you're not sure, write a note for the housekeeping staff or notify the front desk.
- Take Non-Stop Flights
If you have to fly, try to take non-stop flights over connecting ones. Not only will you save fuel and time, but often times non-stop flights are cheaper because they require less manpower and resources. Stewart International Airport in Newburg offers many non-stop flights around New York and the rest of the country. Visit http://www.panynj.gov/airports/stewart.html for more information on flights.
- Turn Off and Unplug
When you leave your house for any vacation destination, it is always best to turn off and unplug all household and electronic appliances. This will help with your utilities bills and save electricity. An added bonus is knowing your home will be protected if there are any electrical power surges while you are away.
- Pack Light
Don't bring more luggage than you need. It adds weight to whatever means of transportation you use, requiring more energy, and it also adds weight to the burden you carry.
- Go Digital
Carry a digital camera to take great vacation pictures rather than a disposable one or one that uses film. And use rechargeable batteries rather than disposables.
- Go on the ground, not on the plane
If you have to go to the bathroom, try to go before you have to board the plane. The fuel used for every mile-high flush could run a car for six miles. Plus, who doesn't want to avoid the cramped, nasty-smelling airplane bathroom?