Six things to consider for your Eco–Friendly vacation

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Are you planning an Eco-Friendly trip?

Eco-Friendly is a green travel. Green travelers consider themselves responsible travelers who look for business, tour operators, and transportation methods that preserve the local environment and give to the local community. Here’s a helpful checklist to use as you plan your Eco-Friendly trip.




1. Types of Transportation:

                  Walk and cycle during your trip

                  Take public transportation

                  Rent hybrid vehicles

                  Take train travel when possible

2. Offsets an environmental policy:

                  Calculate and offset the carbon dioxide caused by your travel.

                  Buy your trip from companies with policies that consider  environmental,

                  economic, and socio-cultural impacts.

3. Spend locally:

       Buy from locally owned business

                   Use tours and lodges that use local people

4. Environmental conservation:

             Choose trips that increase conservation efforts that enhance

             the natural integrity of the places your visit

5. Respect the local culture:

            Accept difference in other cultures

            Learn their customs and social norms before you visit

            Speak their language when possible

6. Natural Resource Use:

    Reduce, reuse, and recycle

    What else to consider with potential tour operators and lodging establishments:

         it’s efficient use of water, energy, and building materials and

         it’s method of waste disposal


Here’s a short list of resources that you may find helpful as you embark on your planning.

sustaintripdirectory of Rainforest Alliance approve sustainable destinations.

independenttravelergreensources provides an extensive resource of green travel and lodging resources.

greenloons.com101carbonoffset provides an explanation of carbon offsets.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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