When you’re on vacation, you still want to be conscious of the environment even though you’re away from home. You are going to need to get around when you get to your destination, but what are the most eco-friendly ways to do that?
Here are some things you should consider when planning your trip. Check the area you’re going to and see what will be available for you to utilize once you’re there.
There are some larger cities which offer bike shares. You can rent a bike from one location and drive to another, return your bike at another bike share and then when you’re ready to head back, rent another bike. Map out your trip so you know where you can drop the bike off if you’re in a city that has a bike share.
Most places will also allow you to rent bikes by the day or possibly even week. Do a little research beforehand to make sure you know what options are available to you.
Getting around using your feet and hoofing it can be a great option if you are staying in a highly populated area. You might even be able to find a walking tour to take, so you can familiarize yourself with the area and its history.
3. Public Transit
If you have to get anywhere that’s too far to walk or bike to, then when in doubt give public transit a try. The routes are planned out well to get you there the most efficient way, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of traveling this way. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to travel too.
A lot of cities have their own little historic ways of getting around. Whether it’s a trolley, a rickshaw, or a tuktuk, you will get around the city in a unique way. Be careful, though, as these could cost you a pretty penny. If you’re trying to be budget conscious as well, it might not be the best mode of transportation. Check it out first to see if it’s an affordable way for you to travel around the city you’re in.
There are all sort of car share sites popping up all over the place that you might want to take advantage of. You rent small eco-friendly cars for a small fee, often cheaper than a taxi, and much like the bike shares you return it when you get to your destination for the next person to use.
If you’re going to use something like Uber to get around, get other people to ride with you. Carpooling to work is not the only time you can carpool. Go with friends to a bar and carpool there while on vacation.
This isn’t for everyone. A longboard is similar to a skateboard, but longer (hence the name). The size of a longboard makes it more stable than a skateboard, so don’t think you must be able to skateboard in order to longboard. You can get from one place to another if your path is all downhill relatively quickly and all without using any fuels, just good old-fashioned manpower.
Have fun while on vacation and check out any alternative forms of transportation you can find. What are your go-to eco-friendly forms of transportation?