Hitting the road this summer? Just because you’re out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean that your eco-friendly habits have to go on vacation too. Responsibletravel.com recently surveyed their readers about which travel faux pas they noticed most often in tourists. It’s bad enough looking the part, do your best not to act it by avoiding these ill-minded actions.
- “Littering – especially plastic bags.”
- “Purchasing illegal souvenirs or food produce.”
- “Wasting water in destinations which face shortages e.g. Spain.”
- “Leaving lights on.”
- “Leaving air conditioning on in hotel rooms when you’re not in them.”
- “Purchasing mineral water in plastic water bottles when the hotel provides drinkable water for re-fills.”
- “Standing on coral reefs. It takes approx. one hundred years for one inch of coral to grow. By killing it you affect the whole eco system.”
- “Disturbing wild animals by getting as close as possible for a better picture.”
- “Throwing cigarette butts on the ground.”
- “Failing to take advantage of recycling facilities where offered.”
Of course, there’s hope for all of us, and lots of great ways to stay green while you’re traveling. For more tips and ideas, check out Traveler’s Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel. And National Geographic’s Green Guide just launched their huge online package on having an eco-savvy summer, offering tips on what not to bring to the beach, a “How Green is Your Road Trip” quiz, and yes, even a buying guide to eco-friendly beer.
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[via Traveling the Green Way]
Photo: Vasjan Gulka, National Geographic magazine’s My Shot
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