Going green and reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be the life overhaul it sounds like — travel days included. Whether you’re packing for a big trip or just a morning commute, you can reduce your carbon footprint with these easy, introductory, eco-friendly swaps.
Yes, even while traveling, you can alter your shopping habits to be eco-friendlier. Reduce food waste and plan your meals in advance of your shopping trip. This can help eliminate impulse buys and even help with your budget. As boring as it may seem, having the same thing for breakfast and lunch for five days a week can make your weekly shopping easier and more eco- and budget-friendly.
Speaking of shopping, purchasing vintage and thrift clothing, accessories and home goods may be trendy, but it’s also affordable and environmentally friendly. You can find great shops, flea markets and more in most cities you travel to, so scout one nearby for your next souvenir run.
Pro tip: You can even clean out some unused goods of your own and make a little cash with companies like ThredUp.
Bring Your Own …
Bringing your own reusable bags on shopping trips, to-go boxes to restaurants you frequent, reusable straws and more (basically dealer’s choice) can eliminate a lot of waste. It may seem silly at first, but make sure you speak up — when ordering a drink, mention you don’t need a straw and eventually it will become second nature.
Guatemala City is the capital of the Central American country of Guatemala. The city is known for its ties to the ancient Mayans, beautiful natural landscapes and cultural landmarks. Add these spots to your list for your next visit to Guatemala City.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.