Monday, January 19th, 2009 | Author:

Green Vacations Are Great

If you’re like me you are stuck somewhere in the country where there is about a foot and a half of snow on the ground with temperatures that have been hovering around 0 degrees for the past week. So what better time to start thinking about vacations in much, much warmer climates?

Destination Spa Vacations has a great list of tips on how to make any vacation green. Their vacation planning tips includes such things as:

  • Checking to see what type of recycling program the hotel you plan on staying at has.
  • Asking if hotel guests have the option to reuse sheets and towels instead of having them changed every day.
  • Checking to see what other energy saving measures where you plan on staying incorporates. For example, do they use low energy lighting, or have low-flow toilets and showers?

Even if it is simply not possible to find a truly green place to stay there are still many things you can do to make your trip more ecologically friendly. For example:

  • Pack your own coffee mug and water containers.
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag to reduce waste when you make purchases.
  • Make sure electronics and heating/air conditioning are turned off when you are not in your hotel room.

For more tips, be sure to check out the full list here.

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4 Responses

  1. Wow those loungers loook so inviting! As for a green spa break I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for a valentines treat, luxury with a conscience.

  2. I think honestly, the likelihood of a person asking the hotel management all of the above questions is quite iffy — I think that if the hotels themselves are forced to go green (which I believe all companies will eventually be forced to) then people can rest assured that the services they receive, from the coffee to the plastic bags in the shops are not harming the environment.

    The onus is on the decision makers – ie the business owners.

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    July 17, 2011

    @ Close Corporation Guide:
    You are definitely right. Since it’s necessary and it’s what the customers are looking, they go for it if they mean business.

  4. It had never even occurred to me to try to make a vacation green. I always thought of vacation as a time to throw away things that you usually value (money, work time, exercise…). I feel so selfish now.
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