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