How to Eco-hack Your Us Vacation


Environmentally friendly people don’t need to stop traveling to the US; they just need to make their travel a little greener and here’s how you can do it.

Plan from your home

Try to do as much planning from your own home as possible. Not only will this cut the amount of driving you do to travel agents (reducing CO2 emissions!), it can also get you the best deals.

This is true for stuff like flights, hotels, passport renewal, travel insurance, and even your US visa (find out more).

Pack lightly

It won’t surprise you to learn that excess weight on planes increases the amount of fuel needed for the journey. You can reduce fuel usage on your flight by cutting down on the luggage you take.

As an added bonus, you can often save money on your flight by only taking one suitcase (within the weight restrictions) per person, sharing a suitcase with someone traveling with you, or by just taking hand luggage.

Make an eco-friendly travel kit

Even some of the greenest people will take part in some unsustainable practices while holidaying in the US, including drinking bottled water rather than tap or not recycling because you don’t know where the right facilities are. It doesn’t have to be like that, so why not create a green travel kit?

Wherever you’re going in the US, make sure your kit includes:

  • A reusable, insulated, water bottle: If you’re worried about the taste of American tap water, invest in a bottle with a filter.
  • Lunchbox or cooler with reusable cutlery: You’ll save money by bringing your own food, but even if you are grabbing takeout or eating in restaurants, you can cut waste by using your reusable cutlery.
  • Bags for life: Use these to carry souvenirs, wet clothing, or your lunch.
  • Packaging-free toiletries: If you’re concerned that your hotel won’t be able to recycle your toiletries bottles, look for soaps, shampoo bars, and even solid moisturizers that are sold without packaging.

Use public transport

As you can see from the infographic, driving in the US is a little different from at home. Save yourself from the stress (and danger!) of navigating a three-tonne vehicle on unfamiliar streets with strange new rules and make use of public transport instead.

Most big cities have great public transport links and traveling around the US on their famous Greyhound buses can be surprisingly inexpensive. Not only will you give yourself a well-deserved rest, but you’ll also be cutting your CO2 emissions.

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