Is there anything more American than the road trip? We’ve literally got a song about a highway (Route 66)! Numerous road trip themed Instagram accounts exist, and some people (some exceedingly rich people) collect cars as a hobby!
Americans love their cars.
Unfortunately, this obsession with cars has taken its toll on our planet. Carbon emissions from transportation (which includes cars, trains, planes, etc.) make up about 27% of our total emissions in the US. But despite the staggering number of cars in the US, and their emissions, it is still more eco-friendly to take a road trip than to fly somewhere—provided there are at least two people in the car.
I am not immune to the romance of the road, and I went on my own road trip this past week. My aim was to make my trip as eco-friendly as possible. So are five tips I used that will help make your next road trip more sustainable!
If you haven’t guessed what North America’s greenest city is, I’ll give you a few more seconds.
And a hint!
It’s a peninsula.
Vancouver has the smallest carbon footprint of any city in North America, and they are on track to being the greenest city in the world by 2020. (I learned all this when I finished my Vancouver destination training!) Vancouver is a sustainable traveler’s dream. It’s got nature, local food, low carbon emissions, cultural excursions—it’s chock full of anything you could want! So here are ten sustainable reasons to visit green living’s Mecca: Vancouver.
I’ve been a huge fan of river cruises ever since I joined the travel industry, lo those many years ago...
Water trips are a favorite of mine, and cruising down a river in your own floating hotel evokes such magic. But despite river cruises’ popularity, plenty of misconceptions are floating around. So this week’s blog post is all about busting those myths!