Travel Guide

This green travel guide was designed to help travelers make responsible choices when planning and engaging in their vacations. Learn about how you can plan a sustainable tour and travel responsibly.

Traveling can be one of the world in a way like no other. It helps introduce you to new ways of living and doing things. To see it all in person rather than learn about it on TV, check out the tips below.

Be aware of certain food allergies when visiting a foreign country to avoid dangerous liaisons. If you suffer from severe food allergies, you should know what the name of the food is in the native language. This will give you the ability to alert your waiter or waitress of the foods you are trying to avoid.

Be aware that in a strange city. Do not let anyone your passport unless you are sure they are legitimate. Do not get into a vehicle with someone you do not know.

If you will be traveling through a smaller airport, do some research on which carriers use it.

Do not expect an airline to cater to your whims when you as comfortable as necessary on a flight.If you really need headphones, a blanket and a pillow to be comfortable while flying, a light blanket and comfortable headphones. You should also bring enough snacks along in case the airline meals are a flop.

Keep your important belongings when traveling. Do not carry a bag with zippers that provide easy access to people near you that could easily take your stuff. These are all points to be considered when shopping for a safe bag for your travels.

A luggage tag hanging from the exterior of luggage can easily lost in transit.

Use melted hotel ice for your morning coffee. Rather than using plain tap water for your coffee, let the ice melt in the ice bucket. You can brew your coffee in the morning.

Sometimes you wind up in a poor hotel. Bring a rubber doorstop for safety.You can use this under your room door at night to add security beyond the main chain and lock.

While you’re traveling, here are some ways to enhance your experience while being both responsible and conscientious:


Seek out hotels, lodges and resorts that use environmentally sensitive, renewable energy, water and waste disposal systems as well as recycled building materials or those that are harvested in a sustainable manner. Take the initiative to: reduce your water input by opting out of daily washing of linens and towels; and reduce you energy usage by turning off lights, television and air conditioners when not in use. Look for lodgings that emphasize local traditions, providing rooms and common areas that reflect the local culture and heritage.


Although bargaining is expected in many cultures, don’t pinch pennies when negotiating. You may get carried away when trying to find the best deal possible but keep in mind how this affects others. Pennies to you may mean as much as an entire family’s meal. Remember that you are probably a lot more well to do than your hosts.

Educate Yourself

Foster a true understanding of the natural and cultural environments visited, before, during, and after the visit. Choose destinations that are not over-crowded or over-developed. Read up on the communities you plan to visit ahead of time, chat with the locals, and try to speak their language. Put yourself in their shoes. Ask before taking photos and respect their wishes if they refuse.

Global Warming

Consider ways to improve the state of the environment as a result of your visit. For example, take into account the amount of Carbon Dioxide emitted from your air flights. You can plant trees to offset that amount or donate to an organization that will plant them for you. Calculate how much energy your travel consumes and how you might compensate for it or offset it. For more information, visit our Carbon Offsets page.


Remember that your guidebook is just that – a guide. It is not your travel bible and it doesn’t know everything. If you want to truly experience a place, head off-the-beaten-path a bit. Talk with the locals, visit the places where they spend their leisure time, and explore.

Home Away from Home

Understand that our hurried concept of time is not the same in other cultures and that local people’s thought patterns differ from your own. Learn to appreciate these differences. And think about sharing some of yourself with the local people you plan to meet. Consider packing small gifts from home for your hosts, but be sure they are of a personal and practical manner and aren’t sending the wrong message. Your travel provider should know or be in a position to ask the local community what would be of most use to them.

Protected Areas and Wildlife

Be sure to familiarize yourself and follow all advisories, rules and regulations when visiting protected areas and wildlife habitats. Whether they’re voluntary or required, the fees you pay to enter these areas support local efforts to conserve them. Stay on the trail and leave these areas cleaner than you find them. In viewing wildlife, do not disturb it or its habitats, as animals lose quite a bit of feeding and breeding energy while fleeting from human approach.

Spending Money

Be thoughtful of your purchases. Spending money with community or locally run/owned businesses, benefits local people, their families and communities. The money you spend on local artists and performers also encourages the preservation of their cultural heritage.

However, take care not to buy souvenirs made from old-growth trees or derived from endangered forests, such as teak. Or items made from endangered species, like ivory or tortoise jewelry. Ask whether products are made from renewable resources or if local authorities approve the trade.

And be sure not to discriminate against small-scale, community-based programs that can’t afford some of the newer, energy-efficient technologies, yet may have fewer impacts than their competitors.

Rental Companies

Use environmentally responsible services to ensure your trip. A lot of hotels have a program for reusing linens, have lighting that is energy efficient, put recycling bins out for guests to use, utilize alternative sources for energy, alternative sources of energy and so on. Tour operators, car rental companies, auto rental companies and other service providers are looking for innovative ways to let travelers go green.

Try getting the “local” rate at the hotels when you stay at. Hotels often cater to locals with deals to local citizens in an attempt to fill their rooms. If you know anyone who lives where you are going, ask them to call about any special offers that might be available. This technique can end up saving you quite a lot of money.

If you have dreamed about seeing amazing waterfalls or the fishing trip of a lifetime, it is possible. You can go anywhere in the world. This not only gives you something to eagerly anticipate, but the planning part gives you something to do in your spare time. The memories you make will stay with you for a lifetime. Don’t delay! Begin making plans today.