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At home, many of us have a routine for reducing our environmental impact; we use energy saving bulbs and water efficient faucets, compost, buy local organic foods
and walk or bike instead of driving when we can. But traveling disrupts your routine and it may be difficult to figure out how to reduce your impact.
The biggest part of your carbon footprint from traveling is probably your flight. You can offset the flight by purchasing carbon offset with your carrier or ask your travel advisor to direct you to their trusted source. When you are at your destination, consider taking public transportation. Renting a bike or walking is also a great way to enjoy the sites.
Many destinations now offer eco-friendly lodging and if you are staying at a luxury hotel, check their corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Do they minimize their impact on the environment and have a connection with the community they are in?
There are many other simple ways to reduce your impact, including: packing light and using baggies that you can reuse again; bring a small water filter that hooks up to the sink in your hotel room instead of buying bottle water; support local organic restaurants and shops.