We can all take a few green practices with us as we enjoy our trips. In this second half of our two part series you are going to learn additional ways to make this year’s summer vacation a little greener.

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Plan to visit eco-friendly destinations:

There are many tourist destinations around the world that are making serious efforts toward preserving the environment while making it fun for all of its visitors as well. Costa Rica is an example of one of many destinations that has received a lot of attention for its sustainable development as an international community. It is home to beautiful rainforests, national parks, and nature reserves. According to EagleCreek.com, amenities such as “organic, farm-to-table dining, naturally-heated rock pools for bathing, and tours that are guided by experts in sustainable tourism,” are just a just a few of the features that one can enjoy in Costa Rica. The sustainable tourism experts educate you on how your vacation affects the local environment as well.

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Offset carbon emissions:

When deciding to have an ecofriendly vacation locally or overseas, it’s important to consider the method of travel—including the trip to the destination, the trip back home, and traveling in general on site. Traveling by rail contributes less greenhouse gas emissions than cars and airplanes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, traveling by train is 30 percent more efficient than traveling by car. If you’re flying to your destination, try carbon offsetting. According to Carbonfootprint.com, carbon offsetting compensates your emissions by funding an equivalent of carbon dioxide savings somewhere else. There are also online carbon calculators that allow travelers to estimate the amount they would be paying to a company to invest in a project in another location to offset your flight’s air pollution.

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Pack your own snack:

Eating green may be one of the most impactful acts you can take part in during your summer vacation. Whether you take a train, plane, or go on a hike to camp this summer, packing your own snacks can contribute to a more sustainable vacation. Buy seasonal and local foods to cut back on foods that are impacted by climate change and long commutes of trucks to your super market. According to TreeHugger.com, “Local food also generally uses less packaging, is fresher and tastier, and comes in more varieties. It also supports small local growers.” Also, consider organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products that are produced in natural soil with far less chemicals.