If you’ve spent the time, money and energy to commit to an eco-friendly lifestyle at home, you might be thinking “now what” as soon as you step out of your neighborhood.
The good news? Your commitment to being environmentally friendly doesn’t have to stop when you’re at home, nor should it.
Although green living at home is certainly important, it’s equally important to look at the big picture of what we do when we aren’t home.
For example, there are plenty of ways to remain eco-friendly while you’re on vacation with your family. We’ve broken down some tips below on how to do exactly that based on a recent trip to Kansas City, but these ideas are fair game no matter where your destination might be.
When in Doubt, Go the Camping Route
Avoiding the trappings of city travel, camping is fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and ensure that you don’t contribute to the wasteful nature of traditional hotels.
Oh, and while it might seem a bit backward, RV camping can also be an incredibly eco-friendly way to travel. There are many environmental incentives of vacationing via RV including.
- Preventing excessive emissions by packing as many people into your part as you can
- Having control of your own waste in terms of food, water and electricity
- The fact that many modern RVs are built with eco-friendly materials and the environment in mind
And with the help of services such as Outdoorsy, you can find RV rentals in Kansas City or all across the country to meet your specific needs in terms of staying green.
When it Comes to Commerce Go Local
Whether you’re shopping, eating out or simply looking for souvenirs, buying from local merchants ensure that your money is actually going back to the economy of whether you’re visiting. As a rule of thumb, makes sure to give small, mom and pop shops your business versus big box stores and chain restaurants.
Spend Some Time in the Great Outdoors
Rather than paying for pricey downtown attractions, also consider spending time at parks, botanical gardens and other nature-centric activities that are often cost-effective. Beyond having a good time, there are the mood-boosting benefits of nature as you plan your trip.
Hotspots such as the Loose Park Rose Garden and the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden in Kansas City are shining examples of places families can enjoy nature together.
Rethink Your Travel Supplies
Tradition travel supplies represent major points of waste which can be damaging to the environment. As you pack and prepare, consider bringing along some eco-friendly travel essentials such as reusable water bottles and solid shampoos which don’t require excessive packaging.
Stick to Your Principles
This may be an obvious tip, but don’t let your vacation give you an excuse to be wasteful or otherwise neglect your eco-friendly lifestyle. Many people “let loose” and adopt a totally carefree lifestyle when they’re away from home, but that doesn’t mean you should do the same. In short, there’s no reason why you can’t combine consciousness with your next vacation.
Again, going green isn’t something that just happens within the comfort of your own home. Keeping these tips in the back of your mind, you can support an eco-friendly lifestyle anywhere and everywhere you go.