"Eco-Tourism" is a new way of life that is here to stay and spans not just travel but our overall lifestyle as well. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to completely eliminate comfortable amenities or venture to the middle of nowhere to be considered a "green traveler". These changes can be incredibly simple, like reusing towels at your hotel, or opting to rent a more fuel efficient car.
While traveling, try to buy local products whenever possible, instead of products that have been shipped in from overseas. On the flip side, stay away from purchasing souvenirs that are made from endangered animals or plants. One of the best ways to learn about a particular region's culture is by sampling the local cuisine! Dine at eateries that prepare dishes with locally sourced ingredients, or if you're preparing your own food, try shopping at a farmers market.
Continue reducing your carbon footprint by recycling. Most people do this at home anyway, but it's important to continue this practice during your time abroad. Don't be afraid to ask your hotel about their recycling program, and sort your trash accordingly. Consider staying at a hotel that has adopted the "Green Tourism Business Scheme," while traveling in Europe. This business model reflects a set of criteria that evaluates establishments on their energy, water efficiency, and waste management.
The way you drive your rental car affects how much fuel you use and the amount of CO2 emissions your car produces. Driving smoothly can reduce fuel consumption, so be sure to always be scanning the road ahead, anticipating traffic and avoiding abrupt acceleration and braking. Make sure you are shifting into gear at the right time and obeying speed limits at all times. Under-inflated tires can also increase how much fuel your rental car uses, so it's important that you monitor the tire pressure.
Choose to rent a smaller car or a hybrid while traveling. Auto Europe works with several suppliers that offer a variety of eco-friendly vehicles. Contact us toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 for more information about renting a fuel efficient vehicle during your trip!