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April 01, 2009

Green Your Travel: While You're There

Carpool and public transportation We're well into spring and summer's coming, so if you're feeling bitten by the travel bug and find yourself getting into vacation mode, please remember to protect the planet you're so intent on seeing. This week we're presenting tips about how to make your travels more earth-friendly.

Tip #3: How to Respect Where You Are

It's understandable that people in a new place want to explore. When you're in touring mode, help preserve the place you're in by following a few guidelines. Walk, bike, or take public transit. If you must drive, choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle, carpool if you can, and drive at a reasonable speed to save gas (and animals). Stay on designated roads and paths to prevent damaging local ecosystems. Buy locally made souvenirs and crafts. Refrain from picking up too many paper brochures and maps. If you're hiking, camping, or backpacking, don't disturb the wildlife and remember that the usual leave-no-trace rules apply.

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