Travelers’ Night In — Green Travel!
On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, we focused on green travel! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!
Here are the questions for this week:
Q1. What is the one “travel green” thing you do when traveling?
artistatlarge I take public transportation, stay in one place for awhile, recycle when I can, if I fly somewhere I stay as long as possible.
soultravelers3 We sloooow travel,walk,bike & live large on little!
BeersandBeans Shower together!! A fun way to save water 😉 😉
The easiest thing you can do is to eat local food!
Like fabulous steaks and Malbecs in Argentina.
Q2. Does a hotel or supplier’s “green” practices impact your decision when booking? Why?
Moscerina when traveling throughout italy, I am particularly focused on this because it emphasizes quality and local tradition at every level
toddlucier It’s simply not as easy as travelers want it to be, for a property to be green and inexpensive. Reason most don’t go too far.
travelerkate No-usually it seems like a gimmick. One hotel that provides The Bible a Buddhist book and An Inconvenient Truth…trying too hard!
Honestly, it hasn’t made a difference for me so far — most of the hotels I stay in are in Vegas, and I have my own ideas of where I want to stay.
That being said, if there were two very similar properties, would I pick the one with better legitimate green programs? Absolutely.
Q3. Have you traveled with the sole purpose to volunteer? Where?
ScenebyLaurie Yes to Morocco, volunteered at an orphanage in Rabat
global_gourmet My first volunteer project for The Global Citizen Project starts 6/2 w/Building a Future in Honduras
kstravelbug I don’t travel with the sole purpose to volunteer. I do volunteer with the sole purpose to travel! to Kathmandu, Oaxaca 🙂
I have not. But I do have the intention of finding a place to volunteer on a long-term trip. Ignore the places that charge obscene amounts. Do a little research and find an orphanage that could use an extra pair of hands for a few days, or a school that needs some help. They’ll be glad to have you.
Q4. What is your biggest non-green guilty pleasure?
Ximm5 too much electricity. Charching all my gadgets always, computer’s too much trime
CoTravelGirl last month I went four-wheeling in the jungle . It was awesome. And so not earth-friendly.
culverlake Besides showers & AC? Eating whale sushi in Iceland. Delish.
Mine is definitely having an ice-cold Las Vegas hotel room in the middle of the summer! Sleeping in a cold room while covered with tons of heavy blankets is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine.
Q5. Where is the greenest city you have been to? Least green?
LMWilson76 Greenest city I ever visited was Ashville, NC. Such a great vibe, and a really earthy, energetic group of people.
khegre Greenest city, probably Paris b/c of our habits while there. Walk everywhere, stay in apartment, cook meals from farmers market
clareappleyard Least green? Xi’an, China – couldn’t see past the walls for the smog
Vegas is the least green by FAR! It shouldn’t exist as a city, and it shouldn’t exist in nature. Everything in Vegas is trucked in from somewhere else, and the electricity levels are devastating.
As for the most green, I think my hometown of Boston does pretty well. We have a great public transportation system, plenty of parks, an improving system for bike lanes, a growing locavore community, and now one of the centers for green technology.
Q6. Destination with the best wildlife experience?
NG_Rome my sister would say East Timor with the social street-living monkeys and crocodiles
elisabethjoanne Rafting the middle fork of the Salmon River – deer, elk, bear, mtn. lions, mtn. goats, wolves, big horn sheep, eagles
ianandwendy Chobe Botswana. Insane #s of elephants+lions, zebras, baboons, buffalo. Elephant shook acacia seeds dwn on our tent@ nite. Awesome.
Next on my list is seeing tigers and elephants in Sri Lanka. 🙂
Q7. Do you calculate your carbon footprint prior to traveling/while traveling?
niltiac I don’t calculate my carbon footprint especially for a trip but try to calculate it every year for everything I do, including travel
toddwassel I have a tomato plant at home…that roughly cancels out my carbon foot print…right? 🙂
Not going to lie — I haven’t, and I’m a bit afraid…
Q8. Most Unique mode of “green” transportation you’ve taken?
mobilelawyer Mule. And not very comfy either. Second would be hitching a ride on TOP of a cargo truck.
toddwassel pulled in a little red wagon by my parents [awwwww!]
How about ogling the muscular young men who drive pedicabs during Red Sox games? Um, I mean, taking a pedicab.
Image: Boston Pedicab
Q9. How do you find ways to travel green?
travelerkate I don’t seek out green travel- I just prefer to eat locally, walk and ask locals what to do. It’s usually “greener” than a guide
melissawrites2 by using common sense. Don’t buy a lot of crap, walk where you can, use recylce bins where available, etc.
GoApril #TNI from now on…… I learned a lot today!
This was a great source. There are always a lot of great green tips on the Huffington Post as well.
Q10. What is your biggest motivation to be green?
smackdown928 As get older care more abt my health,getting married next yr- caring a lot abt health of family I’m creating &world we’ll live in
budgettravelsac I’ll be honest – I’m frugal. Don’t like running the AC, grow my own food, etc
greentravelguru Preserve today what may be gone tomorrow…enough motivation for me
We need to start thinking about the generations living long after us! We are too dependent on oil — we need to find renewable energy resources and start using them to their potential! Cape Air is a good start.
And that’s the week!
Travelers’ Night In takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET. The discussion is organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo. All are welcome! Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!