As much as we love to travel, we know it takes a toll on the environment. From airplane exhaust to single-use, travel-sized items in plastic packaging, traveling isn’t exactly eco-friendly. But there are ways to put the planet high on the list of priorities during your next adventure.
For every flight you take, plant a tree. It may seem small and insignificant, but donating to the Arbor Day Foundation or getting down and dirty in your own yard and planting a tree can make even the smallest difference in offsetting your carbon footprint.
Pack and prep with reusable essentials. Anticipate your activities on your next trip and pack accordingly. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle, remember to forgo the plastic straws and instead of stuffing liquids into a plastic Ziploc bag, invest in a reusable clear zippered bag that can pass through security. Other toiletries to consider are biodegradable dental floss or toothpaste bites that become foamy once in your mouth.
Opt for shorter flights. Connecting flights aren’t always ideal as some of us just want to get to our destination in one go, but short-haul flights require less fuel, and stopovers offer you the opportunity to squeeze two vacations into one trip.
Carry on only. Heavier checked-in bags cause the plane to use more fuel to fly, so by carrying on and adhering to the weight limits, you’re doing your little part to save the planet.
Don’t fly at all. Research alternative methods of transit, like trains, buses or rental cars.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.
For many couples, honeymoons serve as a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious trip, often fulfilling a bucket list destination or experience. South Africa is one of those places. The country offers a variety of experiences, whether you want a relaxing or adventurous honeymoon.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.