11 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

What is your carbon footprint you ask? A measure of the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by a single endeavour or by a company, household, or individual through day-to-day activities over a given period.

Air travel is unavoidable as we embark on global adventures, discovering new cultures and countries. However, a typical roundtrip cross-country flight can release around 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per passenger—making carbon offsets an important part of green travel.

By purchasing carbon offsets, you can fund a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions roughly equal to your output, counterbalancing the effects of your air travel.

Here are 11 ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

  1. Reduce excess baggage. Every pound counts.
  2. Combine trips to save money and time.
  3. Fly direct. Multi-leg trips pollute more.
  4. Vacation near your home.
  5. Stay at a hotel near the airport.
  6. Take a shuttle, bus, or train to the airport.
  7. Fly coach. You’ll save and it’s more efficient.
  8. Rent a small or hybrid vehicle.
  9. Stay at a centrally-located hotel.
  10. Use public transportation—not taxis.
  11. Rent a bike to sightsee.

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