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Volunteer-cation in the Maldives – Win 5 Nights Worth $7000

- Amy Chan, Director of Marketing at Kiwi Collection, Huffington Post blogger and 24 Hours Newspaper columnist

A three-hour volunteer shift to help revive a coral bed in need of tender loving care for a 5 night stay in the Maldives is the fairest kind of trade, non? If you think so, we think this contest is for you.

Huvafen Fushi and Kiwi Collection have teamed up to offer a heavenly prize package of 5 nights in a private, over-water bungalow. During your stay, you’ll participate in a three-hour coral recovery project led by the resident marine biologist. After your hard day’s work, you’ll be treated to a relaxing massage treatment at their famous underwater spa. A giveaway to make your friends green with envy.

Here’s How:

To enter, leave a comment with your planet-friendly travel tip below. We’ve come up with nine, and if we choose yours to be the tenth, this prize package valued at $7,000 is yours. Winner will be announced on our Facebook page and blog on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

Top 10 Planet Friendly Travel Tips

10. Take a “Volunteer-cation”. Help dig a well in a region that needs clean water, join in on an urban community garden project or seek out another volunteer opportunity that gives back. The International Volunteer Program Association offers guidance on different programs.

9. Use that towel more than once. A daily average of 30 gallons of water is used per guest room for laundry, so minimize water usage by reusing linens.

8. Shut off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth (it could save up to 10 gallons of water a day).

7. The lights, television and air conditioning don’t need to be on when you’re not in the room, so flick off.

6. Choose a cleaner dry cleaner. Request that the concierge send your silk shirts and other special items to an eco-friendly dry cleaner.

5. Boil water to reduce your need for bottled water. Tip: Boiling water vigorously for 1 minute kills common water borne pathogens. Allow it to cool to room temperature, then add a pinch of salt per liter to improve the taste.

4. Drink and dine local. Having Bordeaux in Bordeaux and Calabrese olives in Calabria means the bottle and fruit didn’t have far to travel.

3. Recharge and reuse. Choose rechargeable power sources for your tech gadgets, so fewer batteries end up in land-fills.

2. Offset your carbon footprint before you jet by giving to Carbonfund or Clear Offset.

1. Your winning comment here!

Contest closes Thursday, April 21st.

Feel free to comment more than once. We recommend you keep within the word count of 50, however, submissions with over 50 words will still be considered. We encourage participants to “Like” Kiwi Collection’s Facebook page, however, not doing so does not harm your chances of winning.  Kiwi Collection reserves the right to edit, publish and promote comment responses at our discretion. Kiwi Collection reserves the right to change or disqualify entries as per our discretion. Winning comment is only for the comment we choose to publish (with potential edits).  Similar entries do not qualify to win – even if your entry had a similar answer, unless we choose yours directly you do not qualify to win. Prize is for a standard room, double occupancy and based on availability. Blackout dates may occur. Stay must be completed by March 31, 2012. Prize is non-transferable and is not redeemable for cash. Airfare and incidentals are not included. Void where prohibited. By submitting a comment, you agree to these terms and conditions.

  1. anthony says:

    Turn off the AC at night and turn on a fan. The nights are generally cooler and the environment will thank you!

  2. eugeneycp@crossroadsisp.com says:

    GREAT OPPoRtUNITY
    THANKS

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  4. Linda Clark says:

    Sleep with a friend to conserve heat

  5. Jenny Muller says:

    Instead of a long shower or a bath, take a quick 5 to 8 minute shower eliminating excessive water waste. This way you will have more time for other fun things.

  6. Matt Stewart says:

    Travel light. Pack only what you need; slimming down your baggage reduces the amount of aviation fuel used on each flight. A micro wardrobe really is simplicity itself when travelling, and you’ll save on checked-in hold baggage with some airlines too.

  7. Janice Fung says:

    Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and walk! The best way to get a feel for the destination and let’s you stop and smell the roses while you’re on vacation.. which is what it’s all about.

  8. Kathryn Manfredonia says:

    I forego housekeeping altogether or ask for it every other day. It saves power from not having a vacuum cleaner, no chemical cleaners used, no extra water used, no sheets or towels cleaned and no extra lights on, no replacement of glassware, etc.. It really is unnecessary for a single traveler to have housekeeping service daily. I just pick up the towel and I am good to go.

  9. Abby ONeil says:

    Give your car away. It forces you to walk, take public transportation, and realign your priorities.

  10. Michelle Rose Marcus says:

    Pack travel friendly clothes that can be hand washed while you shower, cutting down on water usage, and hung out to dry. And remember to pack eco-soap that doesn’t contain perfumes or chemicals to shower with and wash your clothes with.

  11. Lori York says:

    Book flights with airlines that recycle the waste created when serving food and beverages to passengers.

  12. Tricia Andrews says:

    Walk, bike, or dance you way down the streets of your vacation destination. You get so much more out of your experience than if you are in a bus or car! It’s healthier for you and the environment!

  13. Marissa Garcia says:

    What better way to explore a new land than by hitting the pavement — walk or rent a bike when you are on vacation, versus renting a car or hiring a taxi. Its the best way to take in the local flair and reduce your carbon footprint.

  14. I travel a lot for work and when and where ever I go, there is always something that could be done to help the environment. Example, I was working in the Bananas for 2 weeks, part of the time I picked up trash and recycle items on land while also doing my part while scuba diving with Stuart Cove operations. If everyone could just spend a few minutes while try are walking, biking, or even scuba diving to pick up one piece of trash we could make the planet a safer and more beautiful place to share with one another.

  15. Lori York says:

    Use the hotel van instead of renting a car. Use the bus or local transit system. Share taxis. Less pollution, and you can leave the driving to others.

  16. Marissa Garcia says:

    Ditch the printed postcard which requires paper and transport and send an e-postcard with a favorite picture you’ve taken instead. It gets there in real-time and can even include you in the picture.

  17. tom cioffa says:

    as simple as walking or riding a bike -slow down and enjoy the view

  18. Marissa Garcia says:

    Amp up the intimacy on your vacation by sharing a shower with your significant other ;)

  19. lupaiva says:

    Walk, ride a bike or take a public transportation service, rather than getting an individual cab or renting a car. Less pollution and more fun guaranteed.

  20. lupaiva says:

    When sightseeing, walk, ride a bike or take a public transportation service, rather than getting an individual cab or renting a car. Less pollution and more fun guaranteed.

  21. lupaiva says:

    When sightseeing, walk, ride a bike or take a public transportation service, rather than getting an individual cab or renting a car. Less traffic and pollution. More fun guaranteed.

  22. San Douglas says:

    Take public transport as much as possible to save on gas and harmful emissions to environment.

  23. Srdjan Stupar says:

    Eliminate plastic bottle waste while on the go in places where recycling may not be an option by using your personal re-usable water bottles.

  24. Suzanne O'Gorman says:

    Make a donation of 10% of your hotel bill to a local environmental concern in your destination country to “pay it forward,” helping to conserve the experience you enjoy for those travelers who come after you.

  25. Tatiana says:

    Take advantage of the ocean and show off your sexy “Beach Hair”, no need to use the hair dryer or wash your hair daily, or use hair products! Saving on water, electricity, and plastic!

  26. Ioan says:

    Prefer to travel by ground than by air for short distance. It’s be more comfortable, less stressful (no airport transfer, security check, etc…) and you’ll be able to see a side of the country that is far away from the cities.

  27. K Sehgal says:

    Bath together with your other half on your romantic sojourns to reduce water consumption to half.

  28. put a bucket under the drain pipe from your home air conditioner and use the water to wet your plants,you will be surprised at how much water there is.

  29. LOIS HENSEL says:

    CARRY OR REQUEST AT YOUR DESTINATION FOR ECO-FRIENDLY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER AND ONLY USE AS NEEDED. IT IS HEALTHIER FOR YOUR HAIR AND THE ENVIRONMENT TO WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY TWO TO THREE DAYS VERSUS DAILY.

  30. April C says:

    Minimize using mini disposables. Although it’s tempting to use all 15 bars of soap and mini shampoos the hotels provide, the packaging ends up cluttering landfills. Use and open only what you need or, better yet, bring reusable travel-sized bottles filled with whatever you use at home.

  31. brian wertheimer says:

    don’s spend your time in a 5 star hotel to truly understand and appreciate you must live with and like the locals do.

  32. lupaiva says:

    When travelling to any remote paradise, always carry your “personal trash disposal recipient” to keep nature virgin and clean as it should be.

  33. Sabrina Clark says:

    Carry less luggage on the plane. The less weight the plane has equals less fuel it needs to use, hence less pollution in the air!

  34. Srdjan Stupar says:

    Bring your own travel pack of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash so you don’t have to use the hotel’s miniature toiletries, thus eliminating the plastic waste by not throwing away toiletries provided by the hotel.

  35. Kathleen says:

    ENDLESS PARADISE ! ! !

  36. Carol Workman says:

    Choose lodgings within walking distance of attractions or work sites to reduce the need for taxis or rental vehicles and thus reduce fuel usage and pollution.

  37. Gigi Shapiro says:

    Drink the local Rum, dive for your own conch and eat it cervice style and bike ride to your favorite local restaurant. It’s all about the pleasure of your destination.

  38. Gregory Thompson says:

    Use a GPS or plan your routes from a maps website ahead of time to conserve fuel. Millions of gallons can be saved by not looking for something.

  39. Peter says:

    Walk or bike rather than taxi or drive. There are always alternative methods of travel that leave less of a mark on the environment and all you need is a little extra effort. No bikes around, find the local indigenous animal that can carry you for an easy alternative!

  40. Gina says:

    When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC/heat, lights, TV and radio and close the drapes! ~Go Green~

  41. Mary Carlson says:

    Bring an extra bag filled with school supplies and used children’s clothing, there are always children in need . Donate it to the local school or orphanage where you might travel to. The smiles and love alone will make your travels that much more worthwhile!!! Teach your children the gift of giving and charity by example.

  42. nanci muriello says:

    When you are touring around – bike, walk or take public transportation to see the sites rather than take private cars or taxis (i.e. when I went to Ankor Wat in Cambodia most tourists hired private cars, but you could bike around the grounds and it would be great exercise and you would see so much more).

  43. Teresa says:

    Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket

    Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.

  44. Barbara says:

    #1 tip – VOLUNTEER! Help your planet by volunteering for a Spring clean up or stream clean up or walk the trails near your home and clean up the trash. You’ll feel better and your planet feels better too! And the local animals appreciate your efforts.

  45. Cora Mau says:

    Choose to stay at an eco-friendly hotel/resort – like one of the many stellar recommendations on Kiwi Collection: http://www.kiwicollection.com/photo-gallery/eco-friendly-hotels-resorts

  46. Sara says:

    When feasible, try public transportation! It offers a uniquely local experience and saves the planet.

  47. George Sims says:

    Eat locally grown and sustainable foods. Eat what the locals eat. Support the region and the planet.

  48. Juliana says:

    Whenever possible, skip the taxi [and it's fumes] and try cycling around town! Many hotels rent bikes or even offer them as a complimentary amenity. You’ll get a great feel of your surroundings and catch up on a little exercise as well.

  49. Debbie Terry says:

    Remove packaging from items you bring with you when you travel to reduce weight and trash.

  50. Courtney Glymph says:

    Carbon offsetting is the key. Carbon offsetting will help you to counter-balance the effect of your carbon emissions. Purchase carbon credits to offset your carbon expenditures. The best part is that carbon credits fund various renewable energy projects,like wind farms all over the world.

  51. Lisa Landy says:

    Save some trees and sign up for e-billing and e-statements for your credit card and bank statements. Who needs all that paperwork lying around anyway? I’d rather have more trees!

  52. Kelly says:

    Wherever possible, walk or ride a bike. You get so much more out of yur destination this way. You find hidden treasures that you would never find on a tour bus and you really get to take in the destination as more of a locale than as a tourist, interacting with the indigenous people. You are on the ground, feeling the heartbeat and taking in the energy instead of in a car or bus watching things whizz by.

  53. ray says:

    Flush only when necessary or better yet shower with a friend

  54. Teresa says:

    Take shorter showers

    One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water. A minute less from a long, hot showers can safe five to ten gallons.

  55. Cory Cyr says:

    My Planet Friendly Travel Tip:

    Forego the car rental and opt for local public transit, bus, tuk tuk, etc. to see the sights, or better yet walk, rent a bicycle or kayak and really get up close and personal to feel the wonderful roots of the place you’re in. That’s what you came for and what better way to do it than by leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible.

  56. Marissa says:

    Educate others about the environmental concerns in the area you visited. Share your photos with family and friends and let them know why this area is at risk and what small actions they can do to help. Some areas are more threatened than others, but often a small change in behavior can have an impact in many different areas. Also, being able to associate an environmental threat on a personal level makes a behavior change more relevant.

  57. Kim Lucero says:

    Share the Green Goods
    When traveling to different parts of the world, share your experiences and the other 9 tips on how to be planet-friendly. It’s a great way to spread the green education and to get to know the local life! Knowledge is power!

  58. Danielle Kupkovits says:

    Bring your walking shoes. When traveling to Urban or Rural locations opt for walking the distance. You’ll be doing your part to cut down on carbon dioxide, doing yourself a healthy favor and you could find that special shop, restaurant, or watering hole that you would have other passed up if you were in a car!

  59. Elizabeth Holthe says:

    If you must shop for souveneirs, make sure that they’re sourced locally and preferably purchased from street vendors. Put some thought into the gift you choose. This will help reduce the chance that it ends up in the garbage or landfill.

  60. A.M. Donovan says:

    Let the cleaning staff know that you don’t need your room cleaned every day.
    This will save the electricity from vacuuming, and alos save the water from washing your sheets everyday, too.

  61. Michael Fewel says:

    Travel as the locals do. NO private transportation. No car rentals, drivers. Buses, trains, subways all help the environment and help you meet local folks and see more of your surroundings.

  62. Carmen Luk says:

    Don’t Litter!

    This simple rule of thumb is something that should be second nature to everyone already. Littering can endanger animals, destroy the natural surroundings and ruin someone else’s vacation. By simply picking up after yourself, you can help ensure that your travels are both enjoyable and eco-conscious!

  63. Teresa says:

    Contribute to local economy
    Buying local handicrafts and foods, frequenting local restaurants and visitor centers that support indigenous culture, and do business with local vendors (tour guides) will all positively affect the local bottom line..

  64. Rebecca says:

    Stay at hotels & with hotel chains that make a point of going “Green”. You can sleep much better knowing you’ve supported a company with a conscience.

  65. brian says:

    Most importantly, positively encourage and educate others who may not be a planet friendly traveler such as yourself how to adjust their own habits in favor of the greater good.

  66. Teresa says:

    Pick Up After Yourself

    When hiking or touring, always take a bag or other container to collect any unwanted food or other garbage. Even seemingly harmless organic waste such as apple cores can adversely affect biodiversity or the eating habits of wild animals. Tread lightly so as not to damage natural or historical sites.

  67. When traveling with your little ones still using diapers, ask the hotel to bring you a daily supply of clean cloth diapers and pick up the dirties so you are not filling their local landfills with dirty diapers! If they cannot supply such, bring your own supply and ask the hotel to clean them for you daily.

  68. Susanna Townsend says:

    Recycle and compost whenever possible. That way waste has less impact on the enviroment.

  69. Teresa says:

    Use Public Transportation

    Whenever possible, use local buses, subways, trains or trolleys or better yet, walk or ride a bicycle.

  70. Rachel says:

    SHARE! Share a room, share a bed, share a shower! It’s the best way to be eco-friendly and enjoy your vacation!

  71. In our efforts to “get back to the earth”, shop your local farmers’ markets, supporting those who provide fresh food. Avoid processed, packaged items which will help reduce waste, promote good health.

  72. Hoi Leung Yu says:

    Take a romantic walk back to the hotel instead of hailing a taxi after dinner.

  73. Marc Gross says:

    1. Use wood products whenever you can for new construction, its our only truly renewable building material; and leftover pieces can be burned for heat in firplaces or outside in chimineas for night time fun!

  74. Heather says:

    Take your toiletries in re-usable travel-size containers instead of purchasing new ones. This way you can just refill the same containers with the products you need every time you travel instead of buying and throwing away new ones each time which takes a huge toll on the environment.

  75. JoAnn says:

    Keep the blinds or drapes closed when not in the room. It keeps the room cooler (or warmer) and it does not take as much energy to return the room the desired temp. when you turn the AC/heat back on

  76. Fenna Segboer says:

    Take old useable garments with you on your holidays. Leave one (obviously still clean) at the time for the housekeeping staff. This way you make people happy with good clothes and you travel lighter back, saving energy and reducing your carbon footprint.

  77. Look for enticing alternatives to get around wherever you are. For instance, instead of a cab in the New Orleans French Quarter, hire a horse and buggy. Rent mopeds in Mexico and Central American countries.

  78. candace says:

    Either bring your own tolietries and do not use the ones provided at the hotel or do as we sometimes do and bring them home and bring them to your local shelter. If shelters are not your thing I know someone who brings them to a Veterns Hospital! Having a small shampoo, hand lotion or a sewing kit can mean so much to the homeless or a luxury item to a vet!

  79. Susanna Townsend says:

    Walk or take public transportation (or carpool) whenever possible. Less cars on the road means less emissions & less consumption of gas = better for the enviroment.

  80. Cheryl Frey says:

    Don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave your room. :-)

  81. Teresa says:

    Carry a water bottle with you. Buy a reusable bottle that fits your lifestyle (and your purse) Americans use 3.3 million plastic bottles every hour but recycle only one in five.

  82. Silvia says:

    Never throw your used oil to the sink, pour it into an empty bottle and take it when is full ,to your local oil recycling center. Think that it takes only one litre of oil to contaminate one million litres of water.

  83. Carmen Luk says:

    Pick Eco-Friendly Transportation Methods!

    When choosing transportation – consider public transportation or low-emission cars in order to decrease your carbon emission levels. Public transportation can also be a good way to meet local residents and fellow travellers!

  84. Julie says:

    Walk and Bicycle! When traveling, walk or bicycle to your destinations. Not only will it save on gas, you can take in the local sites, and it makes you healthier too! If it’s too far to walk, take a hotel bus or a city bus or train! Have an adventure!

  85. Using solid, rather than liquid, beauty travel products not only keeps plastic out of landfills but keeps you moving quickly through security lines!

  86. Hayley Havers says:

    Use public transport or walk instead of hiring a car at your destination. You will experience the local culture, meet the locals and probably get a few funny travel stories to tell to your friends when you get home.

  87. Mariana Sena says:

    “Enjoy your stay with Huvafen Fushi and Kiwi Collection in Maldives. Bring on good friends and company, fashionable sunglasses, powerful and fragrant sun lotion, as well as a magnific disposition. Have Fun!”

  88. Lisa M Sicora says:

    1. Be conscious of your surrounds! Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t pick up litter/trash if you see it or turn that faucet completely off – whether it’s on the beach, in the hotel or some local place where you’re sightseeing! Just because it seems so far from home, doesn’t mean that we should forget — it’s somebody else’s home and just another tiny place that makes up this wonderful place we call Earth!!

  89. Teresa says:

    Before you leave for your trip, be sure to adjust your heating and cooling systems. Unplug all of your appliances and chargers.

  90. Eric Heppel says:

    Save some fuel! When getting to and from the airport, chose a taxi or car service that has a fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles. For your rental car, also ask for a hybrid vehicle. If you are headed to an island destination, look into renting a bicycle to get around.

  91. Teresa says:

    Filling re-usable containers with the products you need instead of buying additional sundries.

  92. Renee says:

    Rent a Hybrid car. Some hotels will offer complimentary parking for those who rent eco-friendly!!

  93. Cheryl Frey says:

    Walk or ride a bike instead of using a gas powered vehicle.

  94. Teresa says:

    Choose environmentally-friendly accommodations. New green hotels and resorts, from the bare bones to eco-luxury, are rapidly popping up around the world.

  95. Teresa says:

    Seek out destinations that practice geo-tourism. Geo-tourism, according to National Geographic, is “tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place — its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.”

  96. Melissa says:

    Bike or walk instead of taking a cab at your desination.

  97. Teresa says:

    When flying, book electronic tickets. It reduces paper waste and you are less likely to lose your ticket.

  98. Tracy says:

    Keep leftover pieces of bar soap; once you have few put in muslin pouch and use a “wash bag” – works great! (no need to throw out small pieces)

  99. Wendi Maroon says:

    See some litter on the streets? Take a moment of your time and pick it up and dispose of it properly. It takes a second of your time,and will lessen the carbon footprint of city emplyees who are hired to do that job. The less they have to be picking up litter, the less gas city vehicles have to use, the lower they’re carbon footprint.

  100. Belinda Lew says:

    Pack clothes that are made from natural fabrics that dry quickly: wear them into the shower with you and as you wash your hair, let the shampoo run down your clothes instead of washing them seperately, then hang them outside to dry!

  101. Teresa says:

    Before you trip:
    Turn your thermostat down if you’re traveling in the winter, and up if you’re traveling in the winter, cancel the newspaper, make sure all the lights are off when you go.
    Pack lightly to reduce your travel weight. The more your bags weigh the larger the carbon footprint you create when traveling.

  102. Jeremy Baraff says:

    Just plain walk. The best way to learn a new city and truly appreciate the intricacies, sights, sounds, smells, and fun that travel brings….is to just plain walk around.

  103. Teresa says:

    If you need a car once you arrive at your destination rent a hybrid.

  104. KatheleenW says:

    Use the energy from within yourself to take in the sights. Skip the big red bus tour and the cab to town centre. Take a walk to and around town, kayak the fjords, cycle the rolling hills. You’ll feel invigorated by the local culture and feel far more connected to your destination.

  105. Helen says:

    Skip the cab, be more carbon-friendly and use local public transportation, walk or bike to explore your new terrain, particularly in urban areas. You’ll gain a greater knowledge of the locale and open up to the culture and sites!

  106. G. Lawson says:

    Take a shower or a bath together. Not only does this save water, but adds some additional romance to the vacation. May I wash your back?

  107. Angela Mafioli says:

    Pick up trash if you see it. Its cool to bend down and grab something off the floor and place it in the proper container. I can’t stand seeing someone missed the trash bin and it landed on the floor. I always pick it up. So while on the beach be on the lookout!

  108. lupaiva says:

    When on vacation, think of your visiting place as your own home: keep the trash out, don´t waste water or energy, don´t buy more food than you can actually eat and avoid buying things of uncertain origin. Rest mind and body, but not manners.

  109. Justin Hubbard says:

    Bring postcards of your home town when you travel abroad to give to new friends you meet. The card can be a way of explaing where you are from and also can be used to exchange info(dates you’ll be in certian cities, cell phone numbers, emails) for meeting up later in your travels.

  110. Ken says:

    Use an open barrel to collect rainwater to be used to water plants, etc.

  111. Virginia Kirchhofer says:

    Prior hopping into a plane, why not enjoy the wonderful country you’re living in ? There are so many hidden & magical places just on your door step. Enjoy! :-)

  112. Jim Wilhelmi says:

    Whenever possible, walk, bike, or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 pounds of CO2 emissions. You’ll also get a chance to see more of the local scenery, possibly make new friends with the local population and see sites you might otherwise drive right by.

  113. Ali Douglas says:

    Respect the environment you are visiting. Do not litter, destroy or pollute and leave the environment as you found it so others may enjoy it once you have left.

  114. Jody Newhouse says:

    Don’t rent a car. If possible, walk, bicycle, share a taxi cab – or take public transportation.

  115. What better way to be environmentally (or people) friendly than to use public transportation! It’s usually extensive, clean, cheap and a carbon-friendly option. Faster and cheaper than a taxi or car you don’t have to deal with traffic or getting lost! Walking or riding a bicycle are also great ways to see a city and to really get a feel for the culture and life of a place.

  116. DAVE says:

    Hit the streets and explore your new place by foot. No need for taxis or cars. It’s amazing what you can discover by getting lost walking around.

  117. Meredith Fitzherbert says:

    End the luggage struggle! Pack two coordinating colors w/ several accent colored items. Layer natural quick drying fabrics like silk, bamboo and tencel. Bring several scarves and belts stuffed in shoes. Add one wrap or sweater, done – are we there yet?

  118. Bonnie Sheill says:

    Each household to invest in a solar charging station for all hand held tech devices.

  119. Michelle says:

    Take showers with your spouse!!! When you are on vacation in water strapped areas you use less than half the water you would to shower separately, and the risk of running out of hot water is reduced! Plus it’s a wonderful way to reconnect :-)

  120. Chris Shirley says:

    Minimize the use of plastics by using 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, reusable water/food containers.

  121. William Floyd says:

    When using toilet paper for bowl movements, first, use 3 single sheets and re-use the un used portions by doubling, second, reduce by 1 sheet and double or fold again, third use 1 sheet for urine, fourth, use Omega 3 pills to make stools firmer., also are good for skin, joints, and heart. Be eco minded even at home or on vacation.

  122. frank says:

    Spend more time in the buff with your significant other in your hotel room. Saves energy wasted on air conditioning when clothed.

  123. Michelle says:

    Take showers with your spouse!!! When you are on vacation in water strapped areas you use l

  124. Shane says:

    When traveling, make sure that your lodging is eco-friendly, many places cater to this and often are more fun than regular lodging. Check out http://www.kiwicollection.com/photo-gallery/eco-friendly-hotels-resorts for some good ideas!

  125. Save paper! Choose an e-ticket when possible!!

  126. Walk where possible!!

  127. Derek says:

    Work together to save resources! Shower with an attractive friend to conserve water! In a cool climate, share a bed (and turn off the heat) to conserve warmth, plus reduce the bed-linen laundry! Or in a warm climate, forego the towels and air-dry! All ways to save resources and keep each other happy….

  128. jim says:

    if it’s yellow let it mellow! (you know what i’m talking about…)

  129. Gary says:

    Human beings spend most of their week at a workplace of some kind. We spend 8 or more hours a day in our offices and office kitchens. Request biodegradable plastic wear , petition for waterless bathroom urinals, ask for recycled paper towels and UV cleaned tap water instead of bottled water. It’s important to concentrate on a planet friendly home, but let’s not forget and as unfortunate as it is we often spend more time at work then at home. “Planet-tize” your workplace today!

  130. Don’t use a disposable camera!!

  131. m- says:

    Make sure that every trip involves a jaunt to the local market, whether it be a farmers or arts and craft market not only to see what the natives are growing and creating, but what they are purchasing too. No gift is greater than one that defines the culture and provides a story for the recipient.

  132. Kristi says:

    Use only as much toilet paper as necessary! And if possible, buy toilet paper without the cardboard tube centre.

  133. Kuntheary Tiep says:

    We like to choose green hotels! We search for hotels that are LEED Certified and practices sustainable, eco-friendly policies. Some major hotel chains have energy-saving policies and strive to be eco-friendly and they are first on our list. We also reuse towels whenever we can, not request bed linens be changed daily, thus not wasting water and energy! :)

  134. felipe cardoso says:

    Refresh in the sea (not in the shower); get cool in the wind (not in the A/C); exercise in the beach (not in the treadmill), look for the light in the sun (not in the bulbs) !

  135. Jen F says:

    Always use mass transit over rental cars/taxis.. Besides, travelling with the locals can sometimes be an adventure in itself. :)

  136. Jeffrey says:

    Pack lightly when traveling by plane. Less weight in your luggage means less fuel used.

  137. Jen F says:

    Always use mass transit over taxis/car rentals. Besides, travelling with the locals can sometimes be an adventure in itself. :)

  138. Kirsty Bernau says:

    Always turn off the lights and television when leaving your hotel. You don’t spend alot of time in there, so dont use the energy when you don’t need it!

  139. mary s jones says:

    Choose LEED buildings for home, office and leisure. Leadership in Energy and Envirnmental Design (LEED) rates construction and design systems for renewable and effecient use of energy. The higher the rating the more renewable energy and effecient use of energy is built into the building. Stay in LEED hotels, there are many around the world.

  140. Nicole Elise says:

    Plan a roadtrip with your best friends and carpool it down to your chosen destination in a hybrid vechile – rent if you don’t own one and share the tab!

  141. Tim Felix says:

    Use a charger which works on solar cells, you won’t need any extra energy from the ac.

  142. Do your own carbon offsetting by planting trees/plants in the local community you visit. Stay at Eco-friendly hotels picked by Kiwicollection ;)

  143. Eric says:

    Go more than a few days without having to have your sheets and towels changed out during hotel stays. Can save on water plus less time dryers have to be used.

  144. Camille says:

    It sounds simple and it is !…..don’t leave the lights on when you are leaving; don’t leave electrical cords in appliances you are not using, pack light, walk more, use public transportation, if you need to take a taxi and their is a choice, pick the hybrid, or a small car, if you plan on going on a vacation where a lot of water activities are involved, shower off quickly instead and frequently, let your hair dry naturally – (sans hair dryer!) and the list goes on….

  145. Xavier says:

    Help reduce unnecessary paper-consumption at the hotel by living and enjoying a totally paper-free holiday!
    - Approve your bill and check out of the hotel via the hotel’s electronic program available on the TV.
    - Pass your complimentary newspaper to someone else or leave it the lobby, and read the news online on your ipad.
    - Forget about the traditional postcard for the family and friends at home, and instead, make your family dream away by sending them an online kiwi-postcard from the hotel where you stay :-)

  146. Naperdad says:

    Shower or bath with someone you love to save water!!!

  147. LISA MEIKLE says:

    When exploring our enticing oceans, please remember to look with your eyes and not your hands, do not walk over and break corals. Starfish, shells and corals are all living creatures or create homes for smaller sea creatures – more than 7/10 of the planet is water,therfore we should all share it responsibly, especially when travelling to these gorgeous places :-)

  148. Pat Delaney says:

    I live in So. Calif and we always have a water shortage here. for many yrs, now I have learned to turn the water off while brushing my teeth, stop the water when showering when soaping up and water plants at night. Since I am always at the beach, I pick up litter when I see it w/o question and recycle bottels and cans! If every person lived like this, this planet would be better off. And i once took an eco friendly vacation – trash trackers @ Lake Powell for a week. We picked up trash in that area and got a free house boat ride!

  149. Lisa says:

    Carry your own thermal coffee mug with you and never throw away another togo cup! Even in a restaurant, if you have coffee in your own cup, it’s one less cup to be washed.

  150. Michele von Kampen says:

    Make safe, sustainable seafood choices when purchasing/ordering.

  151. Barbarella says:

    Pack a spare (and empty) bag you can use to bring back souveniers/gifts instead of shipping them.

  152. Emma Potter says:

    Be aware and respectful of the natural environment. Observe local regulations when fishing, don’t let your fins hit the coral when scuba diving, remove all evidence of your stay when camping, get out on the waves in a kayak not a jet-ski and don’t feed animals that are able to live off what nature provides.

  153. Reece Jensen says:

    Leave nothing but footprints.

    Look after the environment you enter, treat it with respect, take nothing away and leave nothing behind. Leave your travel destination in better condition than you found it.

  154. Andrew says:

    Occasionally switch electricity for candles. Fun, romantic and good for the planet!

  155. Eileen says:

    Stay at hotels/lodging that practice/offer eco-friendly practices. Recycle mini-toiletries by requesting only one set as needing or donating to local shelter/ church.

  156. Andrew says:

    Occasionally switch electricity for candles. Fun, romantic amd good for the planet!

  157. Carol Stark says:

    Invest in a good Stainless steel water container and bring your own water with you wherever you go. I have been doing this for 7 years now, and never leave home without my container. The Stainless Steel also keeps the water cool for a longer period of time then plastic would.

  158. Carol Stark says:

    Inquire at the front desk or Concierge for local market information, and buy items on a daily basis for some of your meals. This will save time, money and give you a taste of what the locals eat on a daily basis.

  159. Alessandra Priante says:

    Preserve the local culture: always use a local guide to take you around. You leave the money in the Country and you allow some reality in your learning experience.

  160. Don’t use plastic bottled water – use filter instead to safe environment and water.

  161. Michael Noonan says:

    Rather than re-using the hotel’s towels, why not bring your own travel towel? As you are drying off after a shower, you should be clean, so, the towel shouldn’t be too dirty to require laundering. Rather than boiling water, to avoid wasting bottled water bottles, invest in a travel water filter and BYOB. Most importantly, lead by example and encourage others to follow your lead.

  162. Elina Teplinsky says:

    Save your old used notepad and use it to make fun toys for your kids, like paper airplanes and fortune tellers. After the kids get tired of these, recycle the paper.

  163. Carol Moore says:

    It is socially and environmentally responsible to pick up after yourself. When traveling and touring always take a bag or other container to collect any unwanted food or other garbage.

  164. Bella says:

    Leave books you’ve read at hostels, pensions etc for the next person to read. Saves buying new ones and throwing out ones you’ve read. Which if course is saving trees. Don’t forgot to write your name & location in it so people can see how far it’s gone

  165. Linda Quammen says:

    Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! For example, buying local products usually means reduced or no packaging. Reuse items like paper cartons as a container to coral small objects in your suitcase. Recycle if you can’t reduce or reuse. Not sure if or how recycling is set up at a location? Ask!

  166. Freddi Cerasoli says:

    Replenish your soul and spirt with peace of mind while snorkling in sun filled waters knowing that the biodegradable sunblock your using is is environmentally friendly sunscreen that lacks the harmful ingredients that are destroying the world’s coral reefs.

  167. April Myrman says:

    Use the hotel shuttle in lieu of a rental car or a taxi to cut down on your carbon footprint.

    **** Another tip for saving those plastic bottle’s: Bring your own reusable (Nalgene brand has a lifetime guarantee) water bottle and a SteriPen. Its a small purse size wand that uses UV light to to kill bacteria and viruses. It comes with an attachment for Nalgene bottles. It can also be used by simply placing it in your water glass 30 seconds while in a restaurant!*****

  168. Freddi Cerasoli says:

    Replenish your mind and spirt with peace of mind while snorkling in sun filled waters knowing that the biodegradable sunblock your using is is environmentally friendly sunscreen that lacks the harmful ingredients that are destroying the world’s coral reefs.

  169. Don’t eat meat – eat vegetables, fish and fruits instead for healthier living, ending of animal cruelty and for water/resources conservation.

  170. Michelle Wix says:

    Purchase a smart liteweight suitcase that can be carried on the plane. If we all packed a little lighter on our trips to paradise then we would save thousands of gallons of fuel anually. You will be pleased to learn that most items can be purchased locally, plus your helping the local economy. So your accomplishing two things that are planet friendly 1) Saving fuel 2) contributing to the local economy;))

  171. Join forces with a foundation where donating just as little as $10 will count for hundreds of thousands of dollars to help provide clean drinking water to people that are in dire need. The foundation that I am with is http://www.mycharitywater.org/miamidiva Then you will have a fabulous vacation knowing that you have helped so many people.

  172. G.G. says:

    Sign up for paperless billing for all accounts that offer it. This not only saves paper (thus saving trees!), but it significantly reduces the amount of mail you have to sort through when you return from vacation. No one likes that :)

  173. Mickey says:

    Don’t use anything plastic on the beach! Remember to save the ocean and leave any plastic bags, bottles, or wrappers in your hotel room. The ocean life will thank you! : )

  174. Renee Becnel says:

    If your vacation plan is to take a road trip, rent a fuel efficient car. Bring your bikes so that you can conserve gas while you sight-see.

  175. Ginny Meyer says:

    Bring along a bag, even a shower cap will do, to collect trash while you are walking around. If this is too yucky, use a pair of chopsticks to pick up the stuff.

  176. Daily meditation and being present will connect you closer with the nature. When you understand and appreciate it you will not harm it. A little change in yourself will change the world.

  177. Alysha Searle says:

    Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis. By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future.

  178. Court Mitchell says:

    When preparing to spend your day snorkeling in the coral reef invest in SPF rated rash guard shirts rather than sunscreen.

  179. Jenny says:

    Opt for paperless receipts from hotels if they’re available.

  180. S E W says:

    While showering, place a bucket under the running water, and re-use that water to clean the bathrooms, toilets, etc. Therefore, the water that usually goes down the drain will not be wasted, and can be put to good use!!

  181. Turn off the water while you soap and lather up …. turn on the water to get entirely wet, turn it off while you wash and shampoo, then turn it back on to rinse all at once! And of course you could also brush your teeth at the same time.

  182. Sue Bargeron says:

    Pack your shopping bag (preferably one that donated some funds to a worthwhile earth friendly cause) and use it for your purchases rather than a plastic bag.

  183. Steve says:

    Avoid air travel, it is often the largest contributor to your carbon footprint. Most other eco efforts are rounding errors in comparison.

  184. Hayden says:

    Get around locally using horses, camels, elephants, donkeys, bikes, feets, or anything else that is pollution free! It’ll be a better story to tell when you get home too!!

  185. S Jamila Fleming says:

    Forget that blow dryer..let the cool ocean breeze and warm tropical sunshine dry your hair…

  186. Michele says:

    Plant a garden; tomatoes are always better homegrown!

  187. Andrea says:

    I say keep it simple turn off all technology saving power and money and soak up the natural environment!

  188. Sandy says:

    The largest use of water in homes is flushing the toilet. Don’t throw a tissue in the toilet and flush. Perhaps not for everyone, but flushing with each use is not absolutely necessary either. Remember “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down”.

  189. JM says:

    Unplug appliances when not in use or group appliances on surge protectors/ power strips to eliminate “stand-by” usage of electricity. Save energy and some dough!

  190. For any city or town that you have visited at least once or twice before try and skip on the rental car or taxis and utilize public transportation and/or subways. Most of the time its really easy to get to and from your destination that way and not only are you going green and saving money but you will also feel a new since of freedom being able to get around town on your own.

  191. KCS says:

    Bring your reusable fabric tote bags for shopping excursions to forgo plastic bags. Bring your own water bottle with filter to make your own bottled water. Use eco products that do double duty like shampoo/body wash. Buy fresh food, produce,etc instead of packaged products.

  192. Stephanie says:

    Support local-run businesses and tourist agencies. This provides jobs and financial resources for the local population, which can assist with local efforts to preserve the environment. It also empowers the local population by giving them a say in how tourism occurs in their area.

  193. Chris Brooke says:

    If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down…
    Save the water…

  194. Kelly Buer says:

    Think outside the “green square” – if your hotel / motel / spa could be doing something more eco friendly speak up. Bring new ideas to your travel desitinations and lead by example.

  195. Simon Fox says:

    Ask for a top sheet ! Most hotels have thick heavy doonas and covers only which forces you to turn on the AC just to keep cool at night.

  196. Richard says:

    Local food, local sights…local transport. Forget the rental car, eschew the limo, dump the taxi. Make the vacation about getting to know the people, the places and the delights within walking distance of your accommodation — and plan your accommodation and activities accordingly. Longer distances? Pedal power. And if you gotta motor, at least support local public transit where possible. Who knows? You might just make a “local friend” on the way…

  197. adriana maria says:

    wash your clothes in tepid (warm) water vs. hot, and air dry on an outside line or indoor rack instead of using the dryer. your clothes, linens, etc. will last a lot longer and you’ll use less energy.

  198. JCM says:

    Wash clothes in cold water to save energy and use a compost to reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill.

  199. Greg Hamilton says:

    Recycle and reuse all items from your stay depositing them in respective recycle containers on property.

  200. Vanessa Hung says:

    Stay local. If you want to go abroad, do all of the above. However, you can explore the area close to you and stay in the lovely hotels that other people travel thousands of miles to stay in. There are always surprises to be found.

  201. Jessica Collins says:

    Try eating like a vegetarian once a week, and here are 3 great reasons why! First, it helps the environment as the meat industry generates nearly a fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions in the world. That’s more than transportation effects our climate, so eating vegetarian one day a week can reduce your carbon footprint! The second benefit is that you can reduce your saturated fat intake and your cholesterol intake if you replace the meat in your diet with the right things. Reducing your saturated fat and cholesterol can have tremendous health benefits. Going meatless one day a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease diabetes and obesity.. The third benefit is a boost in your intake of antioxidants, bioflavanoids, fiber, polyphenols and micronutrients that have all been related with prevention of cancer and heart diseases. Healthy body, happy planet and all for 1 day without any meat!

  202. Tim Hansen says:

    Go paperless – forget the closing bill and the daily newspaper. Save a tree! The news will wait until you get home. After all, you are on vacation.

  203. Ebony says:

    Leave only your footprints behind…..

  204. valentina says:

    Buy 5 gallon recycled bottles of water in your house instead of buying small bottles and use a mug or sport bottle, you can even use a return and refill with deliver service for this size of bottles.

  205. S Fox says:

    In Australia ask what the Hotel’s NABERS energy rating is ? Australian hotels can now be certified from 0 star to 5 Star based on their annual greenhouse gas emmissions. The more it becomes common practice, the more Hotels will be encouraged to reduce energy consumption.

  206. valentina says:

    Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. Get a water filter or water distillers for your home and stop buying bottles.

  207. Shirley Anne says:

    While traveling save your trash. If it’s not messy and slimey and can be easily given a quick rinse, keep it. Save papers, bottles, anything recyclable until you can find a recycling bin.

  208. Barbara says:

    As I started to write I glanced up an saw that Richard and I share the same thought. I like to vacation in places that allow me to walk to many of the places I want to go. A nice stroll home after a dinner out is the perfect way to end an evening.

  209. Winnie Tan says:

    If you are going on a scuba-diving holiday, get your bouyancy right or get a refresher class before you take the plunge. I have seen too many divers ruining coral beds with their uncontrolled flippers going everywhere or dragging their equipment across the sea-bed… And ruining the experience of other divers as well. Aside from cleaning up, let’s take some preventive measures as well. Cheers!

  210. Christina says:

    Walk everywhere that you can, carry a reusable water bottle instead of drinking environmentally-unfriendly bottled water, and open your windows instead of relying so heavily on AC/heat!

  211. Cynthia says:

    Rent bicycles for your travel needs while on vacation – or for short distances just walk. This makes for a healthier vacation anyway!

  212. Aiza says:

    Having a fun-filled trip need not be at the expense of mother earth. From as simple as reusing your water bottle to walking more, from refusing shopping bags to reusing your towels. Little things add up! Do the little things that helps and make it part of your travel habit!

  213. Kimberly says:

    *TIP YOUR HOUSEKEEPER for everyday u r there…you’d b surprised how much they DON”T get tipped…*

  214. Luke says:

    Bring your children along on a volunteer-cation. Teaching them how to respect the earth is truly a priceless gift of passing it onto the next generation.

  215. Beverly R says:

    Before arriving at your travel destination, do a little research on what local schools may need to become more self-sustainable and plan to visit the school and make a donation to help. For example, if a school needs computers or books, besides making a small monetary donation, you could present them with used but still very functional supplies. At the same time, you’ll get to know the local people and be recycling in the best way.

  216. Jen Rutsky says:

    Wow – I have #1 right here – carry all your biodegradable sunscreen, reusable water bottles, digital camera, ipod, swiss army knife, and other goodies in a solar powered backpack! They have an amazing ability to charge your gadgets on the go with just ‘el sol’ but apart from the obvious, they come with a surprising added benefit – it is the perfect conversation starter to spark up a conversation with anyone, anywhere your dreams may take you.

  217. M.Jany says:

    1.Use what you need not what you want. Think how to save for you grandsons
    2.keep empty bottle into toilet tap to leave a air space and save water.
    3.treat everything as it’s yours and you will care so save it.
    4.sport is good for your Heath. Walk, bic, public transport and skating is nice.

  218. Keith says:

    Reuse waste water from household drains (excluding the toilet of course) by installing an inexpensive, eco-friendly gray water recycling system. The system enables a homeowner to flush toilets with filtered, stored water from the system, and water lawns, and wash cars, and etc, etc. “Recycling” your water with a gray water storage system will easily save 65% of the volume of fresh water that you would otherwise be using for these mediocre chores!! If you’re on a water meter, this will put money back in your pocket and in turn, let you enjoy a longer vacation in Maldives!!

  219. Wendy says:

    Become a global peace maker. If each of us can make a friend on the other side of the world, we would be closer to peace for our planet- and peace is green!

  220. Israel S. Ordoñez says:

    Turn the shower off while your lathering yourself with soap and turn off the faucett while your brushing your teeth. They don’t have to be on all the time while your bathing or brushing your teeth. Conserve water it’s a precious resource!

  221. Sheri says:

    Exercise respect and be conscientious in every way when you travel. Keep in mind that other parts of the world may not adhere to your principles or way of life….that’s what is so enlightening about travel! Keep an open mind, and treat the land, it’s people, and creatures as you would your own. Leave no footprint so that others may enjoy!

  222. Kristina says:

    Respect your mother (nature). In the great outdoors, take only photographs, leave only footprints. If you’re visiting a coral reef, don’t even leave footprints – leave only bubbles.

  223. Lillian Lane says:

    Pack lightly and pack only clothes that do not require ironing to save electricity.

  224. Dawn says:

    Bring baby wipes on your trip…..instead of having to bring makeup remover, cotton balls and soap you have just one wipe. Great for cleaning up while hiking/traveling too.

  225. G Kahn says:

    Make sure your resort/ hotel is eco friendly; For Example: They must have proper treatment for their waste water, garbage, recycling etc… make sure they use the right light bulbs, and ask them to turn off some of the unnecessary public areas lights at nights.

    Many hotels will put the little towel/ linen sign asking you make a choice but don’t even do the most basic recycling.

  226. Tiffani says:

    install Energy Star windows and use curtains and/or window shades to reduce the drain on your air conditioner

  227. Tiffani says:

    Install Energy Star windows and use curtains or window shades to give your air conditioner a break

  228. Jennifer says:

    Pack in a re-usable bag – easier to take your towel and beach supplies with you to the waters end prompting you to be more aware of what you may potentially leave behind as litter, but also a bag that you can take when sightseeing rather than adding to waste with additional plastic bags at the end of your trip.

  229. gregory clark says:

    wear appropriate clothing to match the environment you are in if it is hot wear less if cold wear more then there is no need for heating or cooling.PS encourage your travel buddies to follow your leed.

  230. david says:

    Staying more than one evening?
    -tell the front desk/concierge/housekeeping staff not to change the bed(s)
    -save the environment with less use of cleaning soaps,chemicals and energy

  231. Wayne Holler says:

    Take the stairs for one or two flights instead of the elevator. Save the planet and your heart….

  232. Angeline says:

    When visiting your local market, bring your own reusable bags rather than plastic bags that never disintegrate. Buy food farmed using Aquaponics, it uses 90% less water than traditional farming!

  233. Anita says:

    Instead of accepting paper or plastic bags, ask your grandmother to make you a cloth bag to use every time you go shopping. You will make her happy, and save trees and marine life while at it.

  234. John says:

    My wife and I are raising our three teenage grandaughters and we have taught them the value and importance of recycling auminum cans, plastic bottles, and newspapers,etc. They are really into it and have asked, What else can we do to help our environment?

  235. Jared says:

    When traveling by car, make sure that you have a map or GPS device to avoid those common wrong turns and long periods of idling on the side of the road, burning gasoline and emitting pollution into the air.

  236. Lisa Mac says:

    Ride a bicycle to work! Not only does this improve the air quality for everyone, it’s a fun way to get some daily exercise.

  237. Carol says:

    Everyone is saying walking and using public transit, biking even dancing are all great ideas for getting around at your destinations. But the number one thing everyone should do is pick-up any litter you see. No matter where you are. All that plastic/Styrofoam you see on the ground will end up adding to the giant plastic island in the Pacific Ocean.

  238. rulls says:

    if it’s yellow, let it mellow. if it’s brown, flush it down.

  239. farhatoo.ca says:

    Donate something you cherish the most to make this trip memorable and remember that someone out there really deserved it.

  240. Lee Rawlinson says:

    When flying choose airlines with the option to offset your cabon emissions. Many airlines offer such programmes and support causes such as, International reforestation, U.S. renewable energy and “Gold standard” international renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  241. maria chambers says:

    Bring wear use and leave behind t shirts underwear … its more useful to the local people and their children.. than taking it back home to be probably dumped anyway!!!

  242. mary santiago says:

    Avoid using plastic bags: they are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.

  243. Steve Beck says:

    Carpool when ever possible or use mass transit when available

  244. mary santiago says:

    Be green and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal.

  245. mary santiago says:

    Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water. Not only will you reduce water consumption, but the energy costs associated with heating the water.

  246. Kate says:

    If everyone used permanent tags for their luggage instead of paper luggage tags when travelling we could save millions of sheets of paper a year

  247. Kate says:

    Respect and protect coral reefs! they are a living creatures and should not be touched EVER so watch out when snorkelling and control your buoyancy when scuba diving.

  248. LESLIE HARD says:

    Remember to share the previous nine travel tips with all your friends when you are talking about your upcoming vacation and the future friends that you meet while you are on vacation. The power of our voice is limitless and sharing these EASY eco-friendly travel tips with the ones around us can help make a difference.

  249. soha says:

    Buy local products –The most unique gifts you can find when traveling are those made by local artisans. Contribute to the local economy and handicraft traditions, and buy locally. This will reduce the effects of pollution and greenhouse gasses as mass-produced “souvenirs” are shipped internationally from industrial countries.

  250. Sujit K says:

    Shut down your laptop/iPads once you are done using them completely rather than leaving them on stand by.

  251. soha says:

    Choose eco-friendly lodging…

  252. soha says:

    Look for travel companies, car rental places, airlines and hotels that participate in green programs. Often they will take measures to offset their carbon footprint..

  253. Sonja says:

    Walk or use local transport or at least share rental transportation.
    Let reception write your destinations down on paper (if it is in a foreign language) and off you go.
    Wouldn’t believe I was the only European person on a bus in Bangkok (with fellow passengers giggling when I walked in) even though the bus was perfectly alright and Bangkok is hardly the middle of the countryside where you have to worry what happens if you get lost? No need for one car (taxi) driving with just a single person in it.

  254. Sujit K says:

    Shutdown your laptop/iPad at the end of the day i.e. once you are done, don’t keep it on standby or sleep mode when you are heading out of the room for more than a couple of hours.

  255. soha says:

    Look for hotels with a green certification or a “Green Score” – Green Travel Hub by is an organization that donates 20% of their proceeds from each trip to an environmental group, so each trip can make a difference and have a positive impact on our planet

  256. sharon says:

    be super stylish and pack clothes of a particular colour. not only will you pack lighter, but once at your destination you won’t have to waste time mixing and matching outfits, everything matches. :-D

  257. soha says:

    When you visit a park or a place of nature do not disturb the plants or wildlife. Resist the urge to feed wild animals as it can have a negative impact on their natural eco-system

  258. soha says:

    Consider volunteering some time on your trip. Spending even one day volunteering can make a difference and also make you feel good knowing that your lending a helping hand

  259. eric says:

    Flick off the water in the shower while you wash your hair and in between lathering and cycles. I save water and hopefully money too.

  260. Andrew Johnson says:

    Already stated but I will say it anyway. Travel by there to get your vacation location, pick a location where you walk to everything and use public transportation when you are there.
    For a real eco-vacation try backpacking from cabin to cabin in the mountains like in the Alps. All cabins are really set up for minimal impact on the environment

  261. Nicole Nguyen says:

    Turn off water in shower while lathering up soap.

  262. Nicole Nguyen says:

    Turn off water while lathering up soap in shower.

  263. Jason Glantz says:

    Help the planet and your pocketbook at the same time by picking parts of your vacation that can be “subsidized” as a reward to yourself for being eco-friendly. Some suggestions from our bag of tricks to help get you started: set your bar-tab budget as being the money you have put aside from recycling bottles and cans, carpool or ride your bike and keep track of the money you save on gas to determine how much to allow yourself to spend on a flight, or volunteer with local organizations an hour for each hour you plan to spoil yourself with an excursion on your trip.

  264. eric says:

    Flick-off the water in the shower while you are washing your hair and in betweeen cycles such as lathering. I save water and you can too.

  265. Denise says:

    Carry a stainless steel insulated water bottle – it cuts down on plastic bottles filling landfills, littering the road sides and beaches (ruining the view), harming wild life, and saves the initial energy it takes to make yet another plastic bottle. Plus the insulated ones keep your water nice and cool and refreshing throughout the day.

  266. Jacqui says:

    Decrease your expenses… increase your health. Tour the town by foot – do research on centrally located hotels near attractions, restaurants and activities…no need to rent a car or catch a cab.

  267. Jacqui says:

    “Green” Car – Fork up a little more to rent a green/electric/hybrid car… in turn you may end up falling in love with one

  268. Jacqui says:

    Organic Restaurants – seek eateries that specialize or promote “green” and/or organic practices.

  269. Kimberly Johansson says:

    Turn off the shower while you lather to save water and energy.

  270. Michelle Barry says:

    Take a shampoo bar of natural products with you thus reducing weight, packaging and harmful toxins – good for your hair and the environment.

  271. Joanne says:

    A holiday should not only be about the memories you take away with you but the memories you can leave behind. Choose a vacation that allows you to give something back to the community and to the people that built it. Whether it be laying a stone in the ground that is supporting the new extension, planting a seed in the vegetable patch to be served at dinner one day, carving some driftwood to make a souvenir to be sold in the local store or leaving behind a kaftan to be transformed to a purse or cushion cover..whatever it may be..leave a bit of your heart and soul there forever…and let it become part of the future.

  272. Janet says:

    leave only footprints behind, and don’t disturb the natural environment! Conserve what we have for the future generation.

  273. Nicole says:

    Arrange all of your bills from mobile telephone, insurance and banking etc., to be sent to your email. Save trees, hundreds of trees.

  274. Javier says:

    The definition of “Luxury” is having the oportunity of enjoying nature in a natural enviroment and totally away from the everyday routine. Space and peace are much more important than all the electric gadgets we have today. Get away from your mails, tv, overchilled rooms, etc and enjoy nature as is it’s supposed to be: Naturally. Remember that we are responsible for what we leave behind to the future generations.

  275. Nicole says:

    Arrange for all of your bills from mobile telephone, insurance and banking to be sent to you via email. Save trees, hundreds of trees.

  276. Lene says:

    Practice environmental responsibility! Don’t leave behind your waste / garbage / trash as plastics and other ‘difficult’ materials in eco-sensitive environments like the Maldives where there are no proper way of handling environmental unfriendly garbage, nor any infrastructure for recycling.

  277. Diane Brophy says:

    After your stay be sure to send feedback to the property and the relevant Tourist Grading or Accreditation Authority that awarded the property’s Quality Assurance rating. That way, you can let the Authority know whether they should be looking to change their minimum requirements and grading criteria. Too many criteria are irrelevant, costly and eco-unfriendly. By voicing your opinion on what you really want from an accommodation establishment you will be influencing decisions that have far-reaching effects.

  278. Rana Canan says:

    Don t ask for housekeeping everyday and use same bed sheets during the stay.

  279. Fabien says:

    Let the natural wind channel through the room for cooling effect and enjoy night baths in the pool under the moonlight!

  280. Julia says:

    install solar panels for light and hot water. as well use rain water for sprinklers, ponds and pools.

  281. Lorren says:

    To save money and do your bit to help the environment have more telephone/webcam based meetings. This reduces the carbon emissions by less flight and car travel.

  282. Davina says:

    Unplug all chargers, devices and appliances when not being used as they still consume electricity even then.

  283. alebico says:

    In my opinion, it is important that the journey is coherent from start to finish. It must be environmentally friendly in all issues: the airplane, hotel, activities done during the holiday .. Everything has to be GREEN!

  284. alebico says:

    In my opinion, it is important that the journey was consistent from start to finish. It must be environmentally friendly in all issues: the airplane, hotel, activities done during the holiday .. Everything has to be GREEN!

  285. Mary says:

    I am currently working in Africa and the top eco friendly tip I have is to recycle whatever you can–bring re-useable water bottles, bring clothing you can leave behind (saves airline fees!), bring trash bags when you go out–a simple small one will do–in most countries–trash on the streets, in the waterways really affect the local wildlife….RECYCLE!!!!!

  286. mary santiago says:

    Start recycling at home by packing plastic, glass items and paper separately. You can dump these all in the recycling bins in your community area. This may be the least daunting task to “going green” and you’ll be surprised that you have helped saved thousands of trees and minimized the air and water related pollution.

  287. Samantha A says:

    Pack up with organic shampoo bars and soap bars, or try all in one formulas. Less foam, liquid, and packaging, means less pollution.

  288. Stefan Schreier says:

    Establish a waste separation routine to help the destination in their sustainability and recycling efforts. Education and awareness in the area of waste and waste management is increasingly important from a global perspective of resource management.

  289. Vasiliki says:

    Stay at a green hotel instead of choosing to stay at a regular hotel!!!!!

  290. Vasiliki says:

    Pack as lightly as you can so that the aircraft needs less fuel consumption to travel!

  291. Sadiq Hussain says:

    First and foremost step in my view is to discover places around you, i.e close proximity to where you live so you dont even have to take that plane that burns enourmous amounts of jet fuel. Hire a eco friendly van and involve close friends and family to join you on this cheap, cheerful, and very eco friendly vacation. I am sure there are places to go and discover, wherever you live.

  292. Joana says:

    Bring your own toiletries and remove packaging from new products, such as toiletry boxes and plastic packaging before you travel. Leave the hotels prepackaged ones behind. All those little bottles use lots of plastic!!

  293. Lisa says:

    Don’t purchase or take holiday momentos from unsustainable sources. Instead of taking shells from the beach take a photo so others can enjoy or buy a local souvenir from a sustainable source.

  294. Judy says:

    Help someone in need, without looking for a reward, so when you are in need someone will be willing to give back.

  295. Layal says:

    Don’t choose to change the bed sheets every single night of your stay! That way you save water and energy.

  296. Mark Borah says:

    If you don’t plan on traveling far while on vacation, rent bicycles instead of renting a car. It is a great way to slow down and see more of your destination, is less expensive and lowers your carbon footprint.

  297. Cynthia says:

    Pack, travel with and use things you can plan to leave behind- things that will be welcomed and used again like books, clothing, shoes. Even in well-to-do economies there are always charities that welcome donations or opportunities to recycle- plus you lighten your load!

  298. Sirena says:

    Use public transport or walk rather than hire taxis and cars.

  299. Margie says:

    Save electricity by unplugging all items that are not currently in use.

  300. Patty Buskuehl says:

    travel tip #10
    find out about the culture, heritage and history of your travel destination by talking with the locals, make new friends to make the world a smaller, more intimate, more caring-for-eachother-place…all while enriching yourself!

  301. Mark says:

    Live like a local and enjoy the local life and culture of your holiday or travels.

  302. Dee Etchells says:

    When choosing a holiday accommodation, why not stay somewhere that actively promotes the green lifestyle and has many green initiatives in place in the hotel/lodge. There are lots of green hotels around the world, and if more people choose to stay in green hotels, the rest will soon follow and implement green programmes.

  303. Brittany says:

    Let your hair air dry and wear it natural so you do not have to plug in Hair tools!! :)

  304. Kristen says:

    Tip to come later- but I believe there is a typo in #9. “A daily”

  305. Dee Etchells says:

    If renting a car is necessary on your travels, rent from companies that offer hybrid and low-emission vehicles.

  306. Dee Mitchell says:

    Conserve energy. No lights during the daylight hours. Enjoy the natural sunlight and bask in it. Use minimal lights at night and try to restrict it to the room you are currently in. When not occupying other rooms, turn them off.

  307. Dee Etchells says:

    Contribute to your hotel/lodge’s recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins. When you leave your room/suite, turn off the AC/heat, pull out your cell phone and laptop chargers and cables, switch off lights and TV and radio.

  308. Dee Etchells says:

    Start your travels by being green before you leave home…unplug unused appliances, turning down the thermostat of the hot water heater, turn off gesyer, adjusting your AC/heater thermostat and stop your newspaper delivery.

  309. Kristen says:

    Check with the hotel ahead of time to see if they carry eco-friendly toilitrees and cleaning supplies. If, not perhaps bring your own toilitrees and have your room cleaned ever few days instead of every day.

  310. Dee Etchells says:

    Give your hotel/lodge feedback when you leave. Express your appreciation for any eco-friendly programs it currently offers and if it doesn’t have any programmes, encourage the management to go green in the future.

  311. Kristen says:

    Walk! The best way to experience the sights, the people and the culture is to explore by foot. If walking isn’t a viable option plan ahead to cycle or take public transportation.

  312. Paul says:

    Live the rhythm of the seasons. Travel less frequently, but relax and lengthen your stay

  313. Kristof says:

    Take you’re bike or go by foot when you don’t have to go so far, so you can feel and hear the nature for example some birds or see something beautifull as a flower.

  314. Bhavesh says:

    Transportation to/from the airport can be quite expensive. Print public transportation maps for cities you are visiting and plan your routes ahead of time. Using public transportation saves money, reduces energy consumption, improves air quality, eases traffic congestion and stimulates economic development….how many more reasons do you need!?!

  315. Dee Etchells says:

    Select your souvenirs wisely… ivory, seaturtle shells, rhino horn, animal hide (skin), sea shells & star fish and any other animal and plant products should be avoided. Just because items made from wildlife are sold in other countries does not mean that it is okay to bring them home. Many times such items are confiscated at the airport as they are illigal or pose a threat to local wildlife.

  316. Geoffrey T says:

    Go slow!
    * Use your feet or the bicycle rather than cars – you’ll see more!
    * Use a local sail or human powered boat rather than a jet ski – you’ll experience more!
    * Use a slow boat rather than a jet – you’ll have adventures galore!

  317. Dee Etchells says:

    Pack lightly….The more weight you carry on, the more fuel the train, plane, automobile will use. Avoid packing unnecessarily items. If you are traveling with someone only bring one of something that can be shared, such as certain toiletries. Find out if your hotel/lodge has a hairdryer &other appliances that you could avoid packing. Try to keep extras to a minimum….how many pairs of shoes do you really need on vacation?

  318. Derek says:

    Use the natural resources to heat or cool your room. Keep your room dark and closed during the day to keep the heat out. If you wish to have a little bit more temperature in your room, just open the window.

    Further, as a man, don’t shave (it’s a waste of water and the soap can’t be good for the environment). And also, if you buy something, think about it twice. How long will it last? Do I really need it? When will I throw it away? How’s the packaging?

  319. Dee Etchells says:

    If you are travelling to a developing nation/area, take a few old clothes with you to distribute among the locals. This means that you help the local community and recycle old clothes too. (and your cases will be considerably lighter on the flight back which saves fuel).

  320. Tom says:

    Share a bath or shower with your special friend, both they and Mother Nature will appreciate the attention..

  321. Jeff says:

    Pack as light as possible. You will save jet fuel, gasoline, and your back wherever you go!

  322. Laura says:

    When on vacation go to local markets instead of going to restaurants. You can walk instead of using transportation. Helping local farmers as well. Alot of the local markets use paper bags instead of plastic.

  323. KC Alexander says:

    Save electricity by unplugging your cell phone and laptop chargers when you’re not using them.

  324. Felicia says:

    Before you leave for your vacation/trip be sure to turn down your thermostat if traveling in the winter and turn it up if traveling in the summer. It saves energy.

  325. Nicole says:

    Keep in touch with your post while abroad by asking your mobile telephone company, bank, insurance etc. to send you your bills via email. Feels good to have total control while away also knowing you are personally saving hundreds of trees.

  326. Voli says:

    The biggest help for the earth and environment can say in 3 words:
    Take shorter showers.
    (Scientist demonstrated this is the biggest help what peoples can do for life.
    And you don’t need to do a lot of efforts only remember these 3 words.)

  327. Voli says:

    Use as much water as is absolutely necessary.

  328. Voli says:

    Look for hotels with a green certification and hotels whoes donates of their proceeds from each trip to an environmental group, so each trip can make a difference and have a positive impact on our planet.

  329. Voli says:

    Consider renting a bike instead of a car. It’s easy to do this in a larger city and it allows you to observe things more slowly – often seeing things you might miss.

  330. Voli says:

    Search for eco lodges, some are fancy some are more rustic but there are variety of unique ones all over the world. You can see the hotels in Kiwi Collection by use the keywords Eco-friendly in the Style section.

  331. Voli says:

    When you visit a park or a place of nature do not disturb the plants or wildlife. Resist the urge to feed wild animals as it can have a negative impact on their natural eco-system.

  332. Voli says:

    Try shopping and buying from local suppliers such as visiting the local farmers market. This supports the local economy, and immerses you in the culture of the local people

  333. Voli says:

    Consider volunteering some time on your trip. Spending even one day volunteering can make a difference and also make you feel good knowing that your lending a helping hand.

  334. Voli says:

    Take a 5-minutes eco-shower and skip the bath. Try it with the lights off – use natural light from your window if available

  335. Voli says:

    Install aerators on your faucets and use water reducing shower heads to use less water.

  336. Voli says:

    Set your dishwasher to the “energy saving” mode and “no dry heat” mode to save energy.

  337. Voli says:

    Purchase energy efficient (energy star) appliances – especially the washer and dryer. However don’t replace them unless you really need to.

  338. Voli says:

    Use a rack or line to dry your laundry as often as you can to save energy.

  339. Voli says:

    Remove the lint from the dryer after each use to save electricity.

  340. Voli says:

    Use your appliances during off peak times for energy and cost savings.

  341. Voli says:

    Decrease the temperature setting on your hot water tank to use less hot water and be more energy efficient.

  342. Voli says:

    Vacuum your refrigerator coils, to help it operate more efficiently.

  343. Voli says:

    Turn your lights off whenever you’re not using them. Use more natural light by opening the blinds and curtains from your windows.

  344. Voli says:

    Replace most of your used bulbs with compact florescent ones.

  345. Tom says:

    Google your location and call your hotel to find out what the local environmental/social needs are, then try to fill them, with a (small is ok) donation and/or a day of service. It makes the experience of a place much deeper, and is the best calling card we travelers can give.

  346. Voli says:

    Light some eco-friendly candles at night to create your eco-sanctuary.

  347. Voli says:

    Use house plants to help keep your air clean. Peace plants and philodendron are excellent to eliminate many common air pollutants.

  348. Voli says:

    Create a compost to decompose your organic food scraps. The worms will love you.

  349. Voli says:

    Use natural lawn care products and techniques. Avoid using chemicals or toxic fertilizers – you can search online or at a local green house.

  350. Voli says:

    Water your lawn less frequently and try doing it later in the evening or at night to avoid evaporation.

  351. Voli says:

    Reduce your plastic consumption such as plastic bags, containers and bottles.

  352. Voli says:

    Avoid things made from Styrofoam at all costs.

  353. Voli says:

    Use reusable plates, cups and utensils. Carry your coffee mug and water bottle with you at all times so you don’t have to use disposable ones.

  354. Voli says:

    Use paper products (napkins, toilet paper, tissues ect.) made from unbleached recycled paper and use less of it. If writing on it, use both sides.

  355. Voli says:

    Buy locally grown organic food (or food grown without chemicals and pesticides) whenever possible – the local farmers market is a great place. Note: their produce may not be certified organic so you will have to ask and trust their integrity.

  356. Voli says:

    Eat less meat, which causes the most environmental harm than any other type of food production. If you do, buy locally farm raised organic meat.

  357. Voli says:

    Eat at local restaurants that use local food from less than 100 miles away.

  358. Voli says:

    Walk and bike your way around to various locations. Enjoy the fresh air and exercise that comes with it.

  359. Voli says:

    For further distances take public transportation. Taking the bus or train can be an adventure and great time to enjoy people watching.

  360. Voli says:

    Shut down and unplug your electronics every night – this includes your computers monitor and cell phone.

  361. Voli says:

    Live a more simple lifestyle to reduce your overall consumption

  362. Lucy says:

    Hotels? Tourist camps? Taxis? No
    You get a far better, realistic experience staying in pensions ( a room/annex of a local’s house) and walking. Staying with local people, eating local food and shopping in local shops is far better for all than buying shipped in stuff from francises that you could get at home. Just get a cheap flight and a “rough guide” to where ever you are going and use local, real things. Take a mosquito net if it’s tropical though and a solar phone charger/torch/radio.

  363. Catherine says:

    Be a good role model for others. Share as many tips as possible with those who are willing to listen and don’t forget to lead by example. This will help spread the impact actions such as ‘littering’ and ‘water wastage’ have on our planet.

  364. Rich says:

    Grow a beard (if you can) and move to a rainforest…

  365. Anne Jane Daphne says:

    Game off?
    Yep, get the kids (& yourselves of course) to turn off video games (both the TV and the console) after they’re done playing, and you’ll win back about $100 per year.

  366. Jennifer says:

    bring empty egg cartons and take out cartons to the recycle bin at the grocery store
    try not to use paper plates, paper towels, etc. use dishes and wash them
    if you need to print, print double sided
    run errands all in one trip
    if you live in a golf cart community, go to local places by golf cart instead of car
    give away hotel toiletries you get to local shelters that could really use them

  367. Kate says:

    Talk to locals. (Recently, while on a trip to Bali, I learned about and became involved in a Green Bank that my hotel, Alila Manggis, had just started. The Green Bank’s goal is to teach local Balinese how to recycle and to prevent plastic bags and bottles from ending up in the ocean (where many end up there). I found that just by noticing a local environmental issue (tons of plastic waste around during a snorkeling trip!) and talking to the hotel and other locals about it, I was able to get involved in a meaningful and rewarding way. I am still in touch with the group!)

  368. Barney says:

    Be a “green human being” every day, not just when you travel. Minimize your consumption and maximize your sharing of what resources you must use. When you do travel, lead by example and others will follow, plus they may even invite you back!

  369. Jennifer says:

    Tell Housekeeping that you’ll skip the sheets being exchanged. You can save them alot of water without all that extra washing. They can wash the sheets after your hotel stay is over.

  370. Jennifer says:

    Sleep with the windows open, enjoy the fresh air and save on Air Conditioning.

  371. AmyK says:

    Recycle your travel supplies! Exchange guidebooks, leftover organic shampoos and conditioners, sunscreen, magazine, the options are endless -with fellow travelers. Reduces your luggage load and prevents unnecessary waste. Plus, you help others! Eco and people friendly!

  372. Jennifer says:

    It almost always costs more to do something alone. Splitting the price of everything from meals to movies is a great way to maximize funds and maintain friendships.

  373. Jennifer says:

    Find More Free Fun
    Long walks on the beach are widely romanticized, and yet these types of free activities are rarely maximized.
    Try doing more things that won’t cost a thing.

  374. Francoise says:

    1. Use energy wisely for all activities, think and act ‘Green’. Go on foot whenever possible to explore the local sites and attractions. Remember the 3 R’s of the environment: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. Also remember to treat your new environment as if it was your home.

  375. JoanF says:

    Save electricity on personal grooming!
    Air dry your hair when vacationing in warm weather spots. Use razors for shaving, not electric ones. A regular toothbrush works fine.

  376. Pam says:

    Walk everywhere to truly enjoy the sites, sounds and smells of the locals and while you walk, pick up litter. Set an example to others that neatness is contagious. Litter begets litter and no one wants to visit a dirty place. So pick up as you walk.

  377. Steve K says:

    When traveling bring a couple dry fit shirts/shorts…wash in the room and hang to dry (will dry in 4 to6 hours)..only bring a couple and alternate to save packing space/weight….less weight on the plane, saves water, dryer energy costs and easy to do.

  378. maeve says:

    Walk! Get where you’re going and enjoy the scenery–when you are your own transportation you see so much more!

  379. Rachel says:

    Pack only what you need. A lighter luggage will save fuel costs on the plane, and save energy costs when you wash your clothes. Less stuff means less to think about. Simplicity equates to happiness.

  380. Erica F says:

    Take a reusable tote bag along on those shopping excursions for your treasures and bargains. This will eliminate the need for several single-use plastic bags for your purchases.

  381. Fai CK says:

    Camping instead of staying at the hotel

  382. Jayshri S Rami says:

    Use only the soap and shampoo you need, take used and unused soap and shampoo at home either use it up or donate it to ‘Clean The World’ soap and shampoo recycling program. A simple hand washing with soap can prevent spread of diseases.

  383. Brandy says:

    Pack light and smart, if everyone did it would lower the fuel consumption which is one of the biggest contributors to global warming and has a huge carbon footprint. Also try to stay local some of the time, check out your own surrounding areas and skip the flights altogether.

  384. Francesco says:

    When visiting an island or remote location always:
    - do your laundry before or after, in order to save fresh water
    - consume as little energy as possible (reduce AC, lights, TV set). Most location still use fuel generators, so the least consumption the better for the environment
    - reduce your luggage’s weight: small planes fuel consumption is highly effected by each kilo you carry with you.
    - take photos not ‘souvenirs’
    - eat local fresh food

  385. Heather says:

    Tip #1 – plant your own garden, no matter how small, from local seeds, and watch as your garden grows in front of your eyes, it’s more than buying local, it’s being local!

  386. Darren says:

    Dont be a pain in the drain. Dispose of oils, fats and grease properly and dont flush trash down the toilet. Lets avoid that unpleasant sewage spill and expensive clean up.

  387. MARIA says:

    Always carry a reusable bag with you! By this way you can carry your shopping, your staff but most important you can carry back to the hotel your garbage and keep those beaches and mountains clean.

  388. Laura says:

    Take reusable bags to the grocery store. Drink tap water to eliminate plastic waste.

  389. Chris says:

    Any electronic item that is plugged into to an electrical outlet is using energy, even when the item is turned off. They say that phantom electricity is used by the electronic, keeping the item user ready in an instant for when it’s turned on. We should unplug our electronics, like the toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer, radio & tv and so forth, when the items are not in use and it will prevent electricity usage and lower your home’s energy bill.

  390. Theresa says:

    use solar powered chargers for your electronics – phone, lap top, ipod, etc.

  391. Sophie says:

    Always travel on foot or public transport. TAxis are often expensive and unnecessary. Use an online map and study locations prior to leaving to avoid using a printed map supplied at the airport and hotels.

  392. Beverly says:

    Avoid those small 1 – 3 oz. bottles of travel or hotel shampoo, conditioner or lotion. Instead buy bulk and refill your bottles at home prior to travel. Select hotels that feature in-room bulk dispensers instead of the small plastic bottles. This tip saves plastic from the landfill, and saves on the use of product.

  393. Tim says:

    Have everyone in the family pick up one or more pieces of trash everyday. This is great to do if you are taking an urban vacation but very important if you’re traveling in outdoor nature areas.

  394. Tim says:

    Have everyone in the family pick up one or more pieces of trash every day. This is great to do on an urban vacation but, very important if you’re traveling in outdoor nature areas.

  395. Trae Roberts says:

    Take reading material with you electronically (save trees), use non-oil based sunscreen which is environmentally safe in a recyclable bottle, and allow the wind to be your AC, the sun your light and the waves your alarm clock.
    Dive in, dry off, smile and repeat. your doing your part to Better The Globe!

  396. Frank L. says:

    Leave the laptop at home. Your family deserves your full attention and the environment needs a break from excessive electrical consumption.

  397. Nicole says:

    Treat wherever you are like it’s home. Walk or bike whenever you can. Pick up after yourself and others. Leave it better than you found it.

  398. Lindsey says:

    Plan to go local in every sense of the word once you’ve arrived at your destination – eat local foods, travel as the locals do (foot, bike, rollerblade, bus if necessary), bring reusable bags for any and all shopping, inquire about local recycling practices and use electronic devices to consult maps or itinerary instead of paper! It’s adhering to all 10 steps that will make a real different in the long run.

  399. Josh says:

    Save the planet, your body, and money – sightsee by bicycle.

  400. Chris says:

    Take a reusable water bottle with you. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a recycling option when you’re traveling. Plus you save on purchasing bottled drinks along the way!

  401. Bryce Reid says:

    Write a letter to our Minister of the Environment that describes how you think the government can more quickly reduce Canada’s environmental impact on the world.

    I think all the ideas in this tread are wonderful and I actually follow many of them. At the same time, isn’t there a way that could rapidly reduce pollution and waste on a grand scale??

    If you come up with a good one, let me know, we can coauthor a book together. ;)

    Contact the Minister
    Tel.: 819-997-1441
    Fax: 819-953-0279
    Email: Minister@ec.gc.ca

    The Honourable Peter Kent
    Minister of the Environment
    Member of Parliament for Thornhill (Ontario)
    Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
    10 Wellington Street, 28th Floor
    Gatineau, Quebec
    K1A 0H3

    But, if I had to choose one item that consumers could do right away, I’d say don’t buy a new car. Maintain your old car. The amount of C02 produced in the manufacturing cars (and batteries) is right up there with the amount of C02 that comes out of your tailpipe through the life of your car.

  402. Annetta says:

    Turn the air and lights off when you leave the room.

  403. Michelle says:

    Think about whether your baggage has its own baggage. Have you packed throw-away containers? Plastic bags? Store packaging? Fill re-usable travel containers with your bath products, pack items in recycled materials and take out and recycle excess store packaging before you leave for that tropical island.

  404. Michael says:

    Keep your car tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

  405. frank says:

    Green travel starts at home before you leave. Unplug all of your electronics before you leave home so they’re not slowing drawing power while you’re away, even if they are turned “off”.

  406. Tanya says:

    My tip is simply this : Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

    (but make sure to use a digital camera with rechargeable batteries to reduce waste later, and to show of those amazing photos you’ll inevitably get on your T.V. or computer, instead of printing them).

  407. Anne Marie says:

    the best thing that always remind me when going to trips and be eco-friendly,
    is to just leave only footprints and take only photograph. =)

  408. randi says:

    shop and dine with local merchants to support local culture and to cut down on fuel usage. you can shop at the gap and eat at mcdonalds (if that is what you must do) when you are at home!

  409. Michael says:

    Before printing out reservations slips and boarding passes, think about the environment. Many maps, reservations, tour guides, and other printable material can easily be accessed via the internet and electronic devices, thus cutting down the demand for paper products.

  410. Roy Geiger says:

    Save water and energy, shower with a friend

  411. Tamara says:

    Use your head and think. If it would be a “green” action at home, it will likely be anywhere, and might just change your behavior when you return from your trip. For example, just because you may not take public transportation at home, in a foreign country it can be a fabulous experience, putting you in closer contact with locals, and provide an eye-opening experience and sense of place you will never get from a private car.

  412. Kasey says:

    Make sure to put all trash in receptacle bins and re-use any plastic water bottles you use for drinking. That will keep a cleaner environment and re-using plastic water bottles will cause less trash. Recycle them and any aluminum cans when you’re really done using them.

  413. Ellen Navratil says:

    Get a green bicycle and leave the auto home. the more you pedal the more you charge it up so in the event you need help getting up that steep hill you have your self-powered way up.

  414. Carry out what you carry in. Only leave footprints.

  415. Kristina says:

    Plant a tree, grow a garden, or become a window farmer (see windowfarms.org ).

  416. Angela Wright says:

    Turn the water taps off when brushing teeth, washing face etc. Letting the fresh water run is a waste, especially in so many areas where fresh water is hard to come by.

  417. Kim O. Dales says:

    Shower rather than bathe. Bathing uses 50-75 gallons of water vs 10-20 gallons when you shower. And, while you are showering, make sure you purchase a low flow shower head if you don’t already have one, and turn the water off when lathering up or shampooing your hair.

  418. Deepa says:

    Avoid taking a bath under a shower instead using a bucket or two of water. You will still use only 1/10th of the water as against a shower!
    Use public transport where ever you visit as against a private cab or even cycle your way around – it will be both relaxing and fun.

  419. Michal Stepien says:

    Take photographs instead of taking home some “natural souvenirs” like sea shells, pieces of coral reef, ivory, etc.

  420. Brendan says:

    When purchasing goods overseas, especially in developing countries, consider not accepting plastic bags from the vendor, and simply carrying your goods with you. Less waste, and do you really need plastic bags for your bottled water and chewing gum?

  421. philip asbury says:

    Practice earth hour everyday of the year, not just 1 hour a year. x

  422. Jo Jo says:

    Take time to explore your destination under your own steam; explore on hired bicycles, hike through the lush greenery, or choose the non motorised water sports. You keep it green & burn off those pre-dinner cocktails at the same time.

  423. kleopatra says:

    keep your bath towels clean and change them only if nesessary every 2 days, save pollution, electricity and water!

  424. Jo Jo says:

    Not every country has the same standards of recycling. Resist the temptation to use and discard the provided toiletries every day. Use them sparingly, or even better, reduce landfill by packing enough of your own products to use during your stay.

  425. maiko itami says:

    Pee in shower, to save toilet flush water.

  426. Gwen Harness says:

    If going by car or taxi, travel in groups. Talk to guests at the hotel, get to know them and go to common sites together.

  427. Gary says:

    Always close windows and curtains to save on air conditioning.

  428. Pull the drape, turn off a/c, heat, TV, lights to save energy.

  429. Turn off a/c, heat, TV, and lights to save energy when you are leaving a room.

  430. Turn off a/c, heat, lights and TV when you leave the room to save energy.

  431. Lois Hensel says:

    Check with your destination hotels and find out which ones offer a recycling program. If we start patronizing only recycle freindly venues others will be more willing to join in and help save our landfills.

  432. Peter Schings says:

    Goodbye Standbye !

  433. Kristen says:

    Skip the hotel fitness center that uses a lot of energy to run the air conditioner and power the machines. Instead get outside and explore by foot. Leverage the concierge for suggestions of walks, hikes and other fitness related activities that can happen outdoors. The added bonus if that you will see more of your destination while still getting a work out in.

  434. Karen Gonzalez says:

    Sure that buffet looks devouring! And won’t you wish you could eat it all… but the truth of the matter is you couldn’t, so serve your plate only with the “I’m really going to eat this” to avoid excess food waste.

  435. Theresa says:

    shower every other day

  436. diego says:

    Open the windows and turn off the A/C to get fresh air if possible. Using less bedware might help you cope with higher temperatures.

  437. Tbuckley says:

    Start a composting program with your family. It greatly reduces the amount of garbage that we leave on the curb each week. With the composted dirt our garden has never looked better and now we don’t have to buy any from the garden shop.

  438. Susan Y says:

    Bring your vacation trash home with you — candy bar wrappers, empty soda cans, plastic water bottles, etc. You’ll be surprised at how little you generate when you must save space in your luggage for it.

  439. Sharyne says:

    Walk more, drive less; better for your planet, body and Soul!

  440. Kate Bowen says:

    Chargers for cell phones, digital cameras, appliances and other gadgets draw energy (known as ‘phantom energy’) even when they’re not in use (but still plugged into an outlet). All together, phantom energy can account for about 10% of an individual home’s electricity use! Do your part in minimizing the footprint of whomever you visit or wherever you stay during your trips and unplug your appliances when their charge is complete. It might not sound like much, until you consider that cutting out that 10% could get you over a month of free electricity every year!

  441. Trip Styler says:

    Know that being green isn’t a trend, but way of life. Like you pick of trinkets in your travels, pick up ways of being greener from each destination you visit. For example, many people in Europe and Australia turn the shower off while soaping-up, in Peru they fix everything versus constantly replacing it, and in Kenya they dress warmly before using heat sources.

  442. Dianne says:

    When taking a shower quickly get wet all over, wet washcloth or hands and apply soap. Turn off water while you actually wash hair and body. Turn water back on to quickly rinse. This will reduce water consumption and prevent the soap from being washed off before you have cleaned all over.

  443. Ashley says:

    Unplug before you go! Many appliances continue to use electricity even when turned off, including computers, the coffee pot, and your TV. Before you travel, turn out the lights and unplug the items in your home that won’t be used.

  444. Jen Slack says:

    Hwne vacationing, do without housekeeping for as long as possible. That way you not only save electricity when the housekeeping doesnt use their cleaning equiptment in your room but water will be saved from not washing your sheets, towels, laundry, etc.

  445. Kelly says:

    Document your experience. Take video. Take notes. Interview locals. Get to know the place you are staying in. Then, share the experience. Post it on YouTube, write a book, or a guide. Help others do the same thing, and green their vacations, too. And, if you make any money on those documentations, donate it all to your favourite green charity. One trip can change the world.

  446. Coco Luckie says:

    “Catch” all of your meals–fish, hunt, graze!

  447. Paul says:

    Bring back home everything that belongs to you. Leave everything that belongs to Maldives.

  448. Grace C says:

    Find alternate transportation methods. Try carpooling. Map out your route and errands to reduce the amount of driving time. Even better, try walking or cycling to accomplish a few of your errands.

  449. BYOB – Bring your own (reusable) bag. That way when you hit the local markets, you won’t be carting your treasures around in plastic carry bags that are bound to end up in the landfills. If you want to take it one step further, bring your own reusable coffee mug so you can enjoy the local tea and java while you shop while preserving the beautiful landscape:)

  450. BYOB – Bring your own (reusable) bag. That way when you hit the local markets you won’t have to carry around your treasures in a landfill-bound plastic bag. If you want to take it one step further, bring along a reusable coffee mug. That way you can enjoy the local java or tea while you peruse, knowing you’re preserving the beautiful landscape:)

  451. Fab says:

    Does anyone change their bed sheets and pillow cases at home everyday? I doubt it very much; so why not follow the same principles when you stay at hotels around the world. You can ask housekeeping not to change your bed sheets especially if you’re staying 2 or 3 nights. This will help conserve water and reduce the use of detergents. I know that everyone likes to be pampered, so the idea of crisp clean sheets everyday is a nice treat, but when you travel, think of the things you do back home to conserve energy & water and stick to the same principles. Besides, it’s still your home away from home. Being Eco friendly takes commitment and discipline – It’s not about double standards.

  452. Maura says:

    Eat less or no meat, even if not a vegetarian, by cutting down on meat and animal products while away on holiday is a easy way to reduce your carbon footprint dramatically and also reduces your risk of food poisoning.

  453. Jacquie says:

    SHARE A CAB! Most people take a cab from the hotel to the airport. Don’t go it alone. Share the cab with others and you’ll not only be saving the environment, but $$$ as well. A total win-win!

  454. mel says:

    Set a good example! It is not always first world inhabitants that are the perpetrators of environmental damage. Especially in developing countries, many local people don’t always fully understand the global impact of their actions.

  455. Lisa says:

    Tread lightly, no matter where you are. Enjoy the moment and the beauty of your surroundings. Leave it as you see it, so that future generations can enjoy the same.

  456. esteban kadamani says:

    pack very light, since the weight of your luggage affects the consumption of gas on the airplane.

  457. JB says:

    Always recycle when you can. But, even before that, think reuse. Think if you can use the item you are about to toss into the recycle bin, and save on the energy it takes to recycle a product.

  458. JB says:

    Don’t take bags if you don’t need them to carry a purchase. If you do need a bag, try to bring your own reusable bags. Keep some in your car — you never know when you might need them.

  459. JB says:

    Do not take a bag if you don’t need one to carry your purchase. If you do, try to bring your own reusable bag. Keep some in your car — you never know when you may need to pick something up.

  460. Leah says:

    Use a biodegradable and eco-friendly sunscreen! Biodegradable sunscreens break down naturally and eco-friendly ensures they will minimize damage to the environment. Each year, between 4000-6000 tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers and that sunscreen, containing chemicals and oils is extremely harmful to the marine ecosystem, especially coral reefs.

  461. Trina Wong says:

    Walk and bike your way around to various locations. Enjoy the fresh air and exercise that comes with it.

  462. Rima M says:

    Support the local economy and buy items that are locally produced and designed by craftsmen and artisans. Help the people in the area celebrate their own unique skills and gifts.

  463. Kelly says:

    Always use eco-friendly sunscreen and bug repellent, especially when swimming or snorkeling, to prevent harmful chemicals such as Oxybenzone and DEET from damaging our delicate coral reefs.

  464. Nancy says:

    Before even leaving home unplug lights, televisions, computers, microwaves, etc. so they’re not using electricity while you’re gone.

  465. Raj Samra says:

    Open the windows and use ceiling fan if the room has one. Not only do you get to enjoy the fresh air to save the environment at the same time.

  466. Terry says:

    “When it is yellow, let it mellow. When it is brown, let it drown.” Your toilet uses up to 7 gallons of water every time you flush. Save water by not flushing as often.

  467. Nathan says:

    Use low-impact transportation options such as your feet, bicycles, or public transportation. You’ll make less of an impact on the environment, whilst further immersing yourself in the local culture.

  468. Lorelle says:

    1. Create and carry your own environmentally friendly card for your hotel stays – you can ask that they don’t change your sheets, don’t replace your towels, don’t leave the lights on after turn down, don’t replace uneaten fruit, etc. Not all hotels are green but we can help them get there sooner.

  469. Dee says:

    You are on vacation! Live within in nature and dont use more than is necessary. Enjoy the earth, and use enough to leave enough for others to be able to enjoy the Earth as much as we are. :-)

  470. Bring your own reusable shopping bags to take out with you while picking up food, gifts, and everything. In some countries, they charge you for a shopping bag in hopes of deterring people from needing plastic bags.

  471. Mel E says:

    When planning to travel to new and unfamiliar territory or when deciding if a destination is worth to go to, it is always good to do some research. However, do not go to the bookstore and purchase a travel book. These would soon be outdated and be additional weight to carry during a trip, which means more fuel used when traveling by plane, ship, car, bus, etc. Instead, do your research online and chat in forums like Kiwi Collection to get the latest news and different points of views. This is a more efficient research method too. If you don’t feel secure without a map, get or print out just what you need, and do not forget to recycle your paper map at the end of your trip so that you can ensure your next rainforest trip will show that we still have untouched trees.

  472. Miles says:

    Stay with locals, who can be found through websites such as Couchsurfing or Hospitality Club. You’ll get off the tourist track, make new friends, and experience cultures as a participant, not an outsider. You’ll also be able to share your own planet friendly tips and learn new tips from your hosts.

  473. Anne says:

    Choosing one day a week to go meatless is healthy for the planet, as well as healthy for you. It can help offset your carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. You will be consuming more vegetables and less saturated fats. And, you will broaden your horizons with delicious recipes.

  474. Joey Li says:

    Try to be in harmony with the locale when you travel. Wake up when it’s light, and don’t use too much of your room light when night falls (unless you are at a public place). If it is a warm season, don’t take hot showers. Use a solar-powered charger for your mobile devices. And open/close windows for ventilation and temp control.

  475. Anne says:

    When snorkeling, try to go without your flippers, because you will not be kicking the coral with your bare feet! And, instead of using sunscreen ltions, which can damage the coral reef, wear SPF swimsuit fabric snorkeling rashguard shirts and pants.

  476. ROBYN says:

    Join groups like Freecycle.org, or look on Craigslist for the items you need that people are giving away. It saves on waste in the landfills, and we all know having to buy items for a trip we are already invested in financially for airfare, hotels, a rental vehicle (if nessecary), and eating out is an added headache to our budget. Start asking around 2 weeks to 1 month before your trip is scheduled for items you may be lacking for your trip. Most times people have it laying around their homes, not being used and are glad to give it up to someone who would. Then you can always offer it as a freecycle when you return if you are done with it.

  477. Suzanne S says:

    Request for paperless billing.

  478. Mohammad AlShamsi says:

    walk and talk, hike or bike. Burn those extra calories to make room for all the delicious local foods, and indulging in that extra piece of dessert, while being eco friendly and reducing your carbon foot print.

  479. Carl Jonas says:

    Reuse a good water bottle all the way though you trip filling up in airports past security or on airplanes and then in reliable restaurants and hotel rooms . Or just bring and empty plastic one on trip and use it until you return home to recycle it.

  480. pack lightly as possible,were comfortable shoe, inquired at front desk or concierge for local market information buy dialy meal.

  481. Gary says:

    Use electronic devices to substitute for paper books and magazines and also traveling documents. Save space, weight and trees!

  482. Jessica Galesne says:

    I have turtles in my garden (they are free to go) but decide to stay, they are the best compost eaters ! they eat cheese, bread, all veggie peels etc… I don’t have to trow away anything in the trash that is organic and in less then an hour the compost is gone….and they are soooo cute, love it!
    I live in St Barths and this protect the nature around me lifestyle brings me a garden full of life…hummingbirds, bees, turtles, coconut rats (even they are cute), wild chickens and goats…They all have a perpice…

  483. Gwen Harness says:

    Have your room made up every other day (including sheets and towels).

  484. Daria says:

    At night use more candles and less electricity. It’s more romantic anyway.

  485. Paul says:

    Break out the shoes and opt for human power and walk, instead of driving to your local destination. At 400MPG you’re still more efficient than an electric vehicle, any day of the week.

  486. Alan Esla says:

    Use less animal products. To maintain animal based agriculture, we have to produce approximately three times more than needed plant products.

  487. Laureen says:

    If you’re planning a vacation that requires flying and don’t have a set destination, save yourself some money and help fill up a flight that would be flying regardless by booking a last minute vacation deal.

  488. Dick Walton says:

    Ditch the laptop,carry a smart phone you can e-mail with. Last year’s 8.8 earthquake in Chile knocked out land lines and cell phone service, yet I was able to communicate with the U.S via wi-fi.

  489. rooth says:

    Relax and siesta – more sleeping, less usage of generally everything!

  490. Peishi Lok says:

    Instead of the conventional recycle, UPCYCLE is the new way to go. Use your old or unwanted items to create something of better quality and value for money i.e. old billboard or truck tarpaulin material + used car seatbelts = environmentally-friendly tote bags. Re-invest the profits in sustainable development or eco-tourism. Green is the new black – indeed.

  491. Chi says:

    When thinking about planet-friendly travels, I think most people is thinking about how they can be GREEN on their trip. But it is also very important to keep your home GREEN while you are away by turning your thermostats low, unpluging your appliances , turning off your water heater and lights. Also cancel all newspapers and flyers (of course it’s better to read news online) instead of asking your neighbor to pick it up because the chance is your neighbor already has a copy.

  492. Lindsey Chandler says:

    When your in a new city, take advantage of your surroundings on foot. You will get more exercise, see more of the place you are visiting, and, most importantly, will not negatively impact the earch with gasoline use for a few days.

  493. Erica says:

    Before you leave for your trip, turn off and unplug all appliances in your home. This is a huge energy saver!

  494. Erica says:

    Share your planet-friendly knowledge across the globe. Provide your hotel with tips for being green if they are not already eco-friendly. If a hotel receives enough feedback from guests to become green, they will recognize the importance and make changes!

  495. Choose Wisely says:

    With so many wonderful places taking initiatives to make your stay more green, choose your accomodation well! There are so many amazing “green hotels” that make being eco-friendly easy and incorporate many eco-friendly ideas (eat and drink local, no plastic water bottles, solar power etc). Many of these places are in truly beautiful and unique natural surroundings. Eco-friendly travel has never been so easy or luxurious!

  496. bec says:

    hand wash & air dry your laundry…

  497. Lisa says:

    1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes. Only email for the minutes that you have earned by recycling :)

  498. frank says:

    Pack as light as possible. Ladies, one tiny black dress is all you need. Men, a single black tuxedo.

  499. frank says:

    Keep the shades closed in your room: it conserves heat, insulates against window drafts, keeps the sun out so you don’t have to use so much air conditioning and inspires romance all while keeping peeping Toms away from witnessing said romance.

  500. frank says:

    However tempting it may be suppress the urge to buy useless souvenir and tchotkes. They’ll only end up in landfills, increase the weight of your luggage, and might not be made of the most eco-friendly materials to begin with. Email friends a digital photo of your trip with a sweet note instead.

  501. Judy says:

    Start locally. With all the Kiwi Collection properties closest to you. You decrease you carbon footprint, support your local (national) economy and explore your own backyard. Then…walk, bike, hike, share showers, and re-use towels.

  502. Ken says:

    Take local buses to tourist spots, or rent a bike. Even better, if you are visiting a poor country, bring or buy a bike and, when you leave, donate it to one of the orphanages or church relief groups. They will greatly appreciate the gift!

  503. france says:

    Hello! You are in the Maldives! Instead of island hopping by boat…SWIM!

  504. Recycle your travel guide books, maps collected from far flung places, share these with your friends and them with you. It is lovely to take a second-hand guide book with you, filled with notes and ideas of people you know and have travelled to these places before you. It feels like you have company with you.

  505. Tawny Fontana says:

    go au naturel, relax and put away that blow dryer, straightener or electric shaver to help conserve energy and enjoy a care-free vacation

  506. Ashlee Phillips says:

    Take your favorite insulated cup (empty of course) to your favorite bar! You’ll save on trash, hot water for washing and your drink will stay colder for longer!

  507. Dennis Wang says:

    Challenge yourself to take a shower under 3 mins!

  508. Dennis Wang says:

    AVOID PLASTIC. When shopping, use a canvas bag or backpack for your goods. Every year up to 1 TRILLION plastic bags are used worldwide, generating up to 300 MILLION tons of non-biodegradable trash (that end up in and out of landfills and our oceans and waterways..!)

  509. Dennis Wang says:

    Bring your own re-usable cup and utensils (there are stylish kits cleverly packaged in a cup/canteen-case). Reduce your use of single-use utensils and (paper/styrofoam) cups that eat up energy to produce, only to be used for a few minutes and disposed of.

  510. Dennis Wang says:

    AVOIDING BOTTLED WATER reduces your carbon footprint. Take a re-usable water bottle. In most destinations, tap water is as safe as (or better than) any other source. In others, boil the water if needed, or refill w/ filtered water at hotels. Water bottles are not only energy/carbon-intensive to produce and transport, and generate tons of trash, but also contain harmful plastic chemicals that can leach into the very water they contain.

  511. Contribute to ongoing conservation and/or community livelihood in the place you visit to continue the connection with the place and its people.

  512. Dennis Wang says:

    Pack Light. Use a backpack instead of luggage. Instead of additional clothes, bring detergent. For every pound of travel weight saved, you save roughly 1/3 gallon of jet fuel on a transatlantic flight. (Or a nearly 20-mi trip in a Prius if 1:1 jet:car fuel). Not only do you lug around less stuff, you’ll be more mobile when you’re on the move!

  513. Dennis Wang says:

    Butt Out. Extinguish cigarette butts and throw them into a trash can, not onto the ground.

  514. Dennis Wang says:

    If you see litter, pick it up and throw it away!

  515. Skylar Stock says:

    Keep it local, supporting the local economy will help the people where you are visiting. Drink tap water whenever possible. Be conscious about leaving a carbon footprint anywhere.

  516. Ken says:

    Don’t buy or use bottled water. Use your own container and sterilized wated.

  517. frank L. says:

    Travel green by being kind to the local wildlife of your vacation destination. Dispose of all of your waste in a responsible matter so it doesn’t end up back in nature. Be kind to nature and it will be kind to you in return.

  518. frank L. says:

    Eating as locally as possible from wherever you’re vacationing reduces the taxing on the environment from the transportation of foods. As an added benefit you’ll be supporting local farmers and businesspeople and getting to try unique foods that you might not have where you’re from.

  519. Kristi K. says:

    Travel or have your vacation locally more often – as much we all love to travel to far away places, discover your own local area/big city/country. Not going that far means that you can use more environment friendly transport – hike or bicycle (or ski!) instead of traveling by plane/train/bus/car. Very often we forget that there is so much to explore and see just right in front of our doorsteps .. Also you’ll do double good supporting your local community/country.

  520. Voli says:

    I mean that you only need to water your lawn if you travel to your vacation house or your friends’ vacation houses.
    In a hotel you can’t water tha lawn. It would be funny. :D

  521. Frank L. says:

    When traveling be mindful of the transportation you use to minimize ecological impact while getting around. Utilize local public transport whenever possible. If renting a car opt for the smallest car possible that still meets your needs. Get a hybrid if it’s an option. For smaller cities check into public bikeshare programs. Join a national car rideshare program, the one that I belong to advertises that for every car in their program it eliminates 15 personally owned cars off the road. Greatly reducing earth damaging emissions

  522. kenny says:

    Donate money to local green programs and initiatives. Your efforts will leave a long lasting ‘greenprint’ long after your vacation

  523. Scott Lowery says:

    Plastic has become the most common form of packaging we use. recycle it and you’ll be amazed how little other trash you may have. Even if you do not have a community recycling program, there are places that will accept your plastic if you do a little research.

  524. Vasiliki says:

    Sleep with the friend you are travelling with to conserve heat !! :-)

  525. Vasiliki says:

    Rent a small and comfortable car…Not a big one that wastes a lot of fuel…

  526. Vasiliki says:

    Don’t buy souvenirs made from endangered animals like ivory, reptile skin etc in order not to encourage poachers…

  527. Vasiliki says:

    Walk as much as you can instead of using the local transportation in order to enjoy the flora and the fauna of the country you are visiting.

  528. Vasiliki says:

    Use a bike to do the sightseeing in the town which is better for your health to exercise yourself and to protect the environment because of not using petrol!!

  529. Vasiliki says:

    Don’t buy jewelry or souvenirs made from corals and cockleshells.

  530. Vasiliki says:

    In exotic places, where you can find coral reefs and generaly a lot of different extraordinary species in fish enjoy it by snorkeling and scuba diving to learn how beautiful is the seabed to love it!!

  531. Vasiliki says:

    Respect coral reefs when snorkeling or scuba diving because they are covered by a mucous membrane and shouldn’t be touched anyway because this membrane is removed.In human terms, the touching of the coral would be similar to having road rash from falling off of a bicycle or motorcycle..

  532. frank L. says:

    Eat only from local restaurants and purveyors of local goods Not only will your food be filled with that much more seasonally-appropriate, local deliciousness it will reduce the carbon footprint of having to be jetted halfway across the world.

  533. frank says:

    Volunteering is the best way to turn a trip green. Giving back to a local community that you’re travellng to is always a win win. You’ll guaranteed to feel better than when you left, the very definition of a vacation.

  534. Vasiliki says:

    In the beaches you are visiting don’t litte. Some of the litter is also dangerous to wildlife — plastic six-pack rings being perhaps the foremost example, as animals get their mouths and beaks entangled and then cannot feed.

  535. Vasiliki says:

    Respect the beaches you are visiting because there are special plants, birds and animals for which you should care about like in Zante in Greece, where you can see that there are protected nests of turtles.

  536. Vasiliki says:

    Don’t feed animals and fish.Fish and other marine creatures have distinct diets and rely upon their natural instincts to find food. Also,by feeding fish, humans can make fish dependant on human intervention.

  537. Vasiliki says:

    Don’t eat food from endangered fish species..

  538. Vasiliki says:

    Use rechargeable batteries because the disposable batteries are especially noxious as they leach toxic chemicals into the earth, so carry with you a charger and a rechargeable battery!

  539. Vasiliki says:

    Avoid plastic bags.When you first arrive in a new place, go to a local market and buy a re-usable shopping bag, whether it’s a simple canvas bag like the ones you may use at home or a colorful hand-painted shoulder bag.

  540. Vasiliki says:

    Use biodegradable soap – Bring an environmentally friendly soap such as Dr. Bronner’s. It’s multi-purpose (good for hands, body, even laundry) and is gentle on the local water system.

  541. Vasiliki says:

    Consider carbon offsets – Carbon offsetting is an attempt to counter-balance the effect of your carbon emissions. A carbon offset negates the release of CO2e (Co2 or carbon dioxide equivalent) by avoiding the release of, or removing from the atmosphere the same amount of, CO2e somewhere else.

  542. richard says:

    fully insulate house/walk everywhere/educate current and next generation in all things eco

  543. Leena says:

    Be an environmentally responsible tourist by preserving ecosystems and respecting nature and the wildlife. This means parks and forests are not your wastebasket; the wild animals are not your pets; and the ocean is not your personal souvenir shop. We all deserve to enjoy our beautiful planet.

  544. madiha sultan says:

    Pack lightly to reduce your travel weight. The more your bags weigh the larger the carbon footprint you create when traveling

  545. madiha sultan says:

    Make sure all the lights are off when you go, and UNPLUG all appliances and everything electric in your place before leaving, unplugging is key because even when devices are switched off they can leak energy.

  546. madiha sultan says:

    whether traveling in summer or winter follow the same energy conservation tips in your hotel that you do at home – for example, shut the curtains, dress for the weather, turn down the AC or heater when you leave the room, and so on.

  547. madiha sultan says:

    encourage everyone in the family to pick up one piece of litter each day. This is cool to do in urban vacation spots but extra important if you’re traveling in outdoor nature areas. It also instills the value of cleaning up the environment in family members and they are more likely to do it more than once a day then.

  548. madiha sultan says:

    If you need a car once you arrive at your destination rent a hybrid, if those are not available or too expensive rent something that is fuel efficient and not large. ask the person at the car rental for the most environmentally friendly option.

  549. madiha sultan says:

    Take the train or the bus on short distances instead of flying. Airplanes use a great deal of fuel taking off and landing and trains are more fun any day.

  550. madiha sultan says:

    Always reuse your towels in hotels.

    When using the towel reusing program during a hotel stay with a family, it can be difficult to keep track of who used what towel. Each family member should have a different colored safety pin to pin to the towels they are using during the trip.

  551. madiha sultan says:

    Reusable bags, when you shop in a new place don’t throw away the nice carrier bags whether paper or plastic, taken them back home with you and reuse them. Don’t accept plastic bags from every small shop you visit when you’re in a new place, carry with you a reusable bag so you can take it with you when you go shopping whether for groceries or souvenirs.

  552. madiha sultan says:

    when travelling don’t rent a car. use public transport and walk, especially to and from airports, most places will have buses or trains running from the airport to the city. This way you’ll get to know the place and the people better and your environmental impact will be reduced

  553. madiha sultan says:

    go for electronic ticketing instead of printing paper tickets.

  554. madiha sultan says:

    pick a hotel that is eco friendly and is committed to reducing, recycling, and reusing

  555. madiha sultan says:

    Don’t liter in a foreign country, just because its not your country does not mean you should litter. this may seem obvious but often people visit underdeveloped countries and because they are already behind in garbage collection people think it is okay to litter where others have. it is not.

  556. madiha sultan says:

    When snorkeling, do not touch the coral or stir up sediment, as these actions can damage the reef’s fragile ecosystem.

  557. madiha sultan says:

    Destination weddings are all the rage, but really awful for the environment, imagine the fuel consumed by 50 people or more flying to an exotic location. consider instead a quaint an charming location within driving distance of your guests.

  558. mash says:

    Take your (eco-friendly) shampoo, conditioner, detergent etc from home in reusable plastic containers. If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel before, you’ll have those little bottles handy. This will cut down on the additional mini toiletries you will have to purchase while on vacation, plus save what you may have wasted otherwise.

  559. mash says:

    As beautiful as they may be, don’t buy products made from endangered species (e.g. animal hides and body parts, tortoise-shell, coral and ivory). They are often illegal and exploitative.

  560. mash says:

    Pack clothing made out of natural materials which breathe more efficiently and cut down the need to do laundry so often, because you can repeat clothes. PS: Hand wash your delicates using eco friendly detergent.

  561. mash says:

    When camping, scatter waste water at least 50 meters away from any water source so you do not contaminate it.

  562. mash says:

    In places where you don’t need to drink bottled water, don’t! Plastic bottles get strewn about and you’d be surprised how many you go through during a single vacation. Encourage your hotel not to leave any in your room and if the tap water is not drinkable, carry a portable water bottle if possible. Portable bottles can also be used for juice and other drinks. Greater still impact if you are travelling with kids!

  563. mash says:

    Do your research. More and more places are offering eco- or geo-tourism, even for the luxury-minded as well as those travelling with children. Research locations, hotels and volunteer work before you go – you can tie in a trip to an exotic locale with some good (and fun) work to boot or at the very least, find a hotel with eco-friendly policies.

  564. mash says:

    When hiking, stay on the trail unless approved to go off by an experienced guide. Your footsteps are not as off the beaten path as you may think – scores of travelers do the same every year (as well as walk in your footprints in subsequent years), leaving a damaging impact on the surrounding ecosystem and indelible marks in the location landscape.

  565. mash says:

    Get to know your hosts. Whether in a busy city or a remote island, taking the time to find out more about the surrounding communities makes you more mindful of treating the place with care. If it was your home, would you crap in it? :) (Especially true of developing countries where travelers sometimes assume a “its already dirty so what can it hurt?” policy.)

  566. mash says:

    Eat eco-friendly local food. (Especially easy in those tropical locations with delicious local fruit and a wealth of organic produce). This activity helps conserve natural resources, promotes local business, and even reduces air pollution (the food doesnt have as far to travel).

  567. mash says:

    Learn about the environment, if in small doses. It is impossible to assume our behaviour can be governed by a checklist we create just before we go on vacation – how many of us have abandoned those eco-friendly measures if something more convenient is an option? Actually getting a feel for the issues and our impact over time will affect our actions in a more enduring way. Especially true with kids – start ‘em young!

  568. mash says:

    If you can afford it, book direct when flying! Immense fuel is consumed on takeoff and landing. Easier on the traveler as well. FYI: some airlines are more eco-friendly than others (this was news to me).

  569. mash says:

    Beware of standby. Shut off all unused appliances when going to bed – e.g. TV, DVD, plugged-in chargers. If in a hotel with a key-card system and weather permitting, a simple check is to remove your key entirely!

  570. mash says:

    Invest in your favourite destinations. Seek out charities/organizations/businesses that mitigate the impact/damage of tourism, for example. This gives back in a much-needed way plus on the selfish side, ensures increasingly enjoyable re-visits for you. :)

  571. mash says:

    Carry a bag when on island vacations – picking up miscellaneous bits of trash (especially plastic) as you enjoy the beach is relatively tireless and really adds up.

  572. frank L. says:

    Pack plenty of eco-friendly green tote bags (preferably made from recycled materials) to use when shopping on vacation. You’ll reduce the consumption of paper and plastic in the world and on your return you can use them as cushioning to wrap any delicate objects or wine you bought on your trip.

  573. frank says:

    If you’re a shopaholic and know you’re going to squeezing in some new clothes shopping on your trip consider wearing some items from your wardrobe that no longer thrill you but are still in good condition. Send those once loved items out with a bang, wearing them for a fun night out then donate them to a local charity or church on your trip. You’ll feel better about coming home with those new shoes in your luggage if you know you donated a pair to someone in need.

  574. FL says:

    Bring a travel coffee mug and a portable drinking bottle for water with you. On an average trip I probably stop for coffee three times a day. Think of all of the paper cups that adds up to. If you can’t squeeze one in to your luggage make sure you at least always order your coffee to stay in a permanent glass/ceramic mug when possible.

  575. erin says:

    Keep reading alive. If you read a book on your trip offer it to your neighbor on the flight home (assuming it was a good read and they’re not an annoying passed out snoring and drooling on your shoulder type of person seated next to you). The more times that book gets passed on the less paper is wasted.

  576. frank L says:

    With the number of travel and mapping apps out there use your smart phone for everything from travel booking and planning, restaurant research, to gps-ing bike trips. Picking up all of the flyers and maps and ads you see in hotel lobbies and info centers is wasteful as they often end up in the trash minutes later. If you don’t have a smart phone read the flyer right there at the site and then put it back in its place (did you really need to bring home that brochure for the world’s largest potato chip museum? ok maybe you did!).

  577. John Carroz says:

    Skip room servicing a few nights a week. Saves on laundry and all those little bottle/soaps refills.

  578. Yvonne C says:

    Bring own shampoo, conditioner, body bath shampoo etc (in reusable containers) from home. Use the towels provided & keep in place able to dry up, keep the room clean ourselves instead of ‘make up the room daily (If stay short stay like 3day) save the energy & water plus reduce the consumption of paper and plastic in the world.