As the holiday season sneaks up on us again this year, it's time to start planning our travel to see our friends, families and loved ones. As we all try to incorporate being green in our daily lives, let's also try to incorporate being green in our travel plans.

Going to and from

1. Consider nonstop flights

When flying, choose a nonstop flight from your origin to your destination. Though sometimes they can be a little more costly, it reduces the energy per passenger since you're not using a lot of fuel for multiple take offs.

2. Public Transportation

Help reduce emissions and take public transportation when you can this holiday season. Not only will you help ease congestion, but you'll also be able to relax instead of fighting traffic. If you have subways, rail cars or buses in your city or the area you're traveling to, consider using them this holiday season.

When it comes to what you eat

3. Eat Locally

Not only can you save money by eating locally, many times you can also eat better. Ask around where you're visiting to find local restaurants that use sustainable ingredients in their meals.

4. Pack Your Own Utensils

It may be tempting to use disposable silverware, but consider packing your own travel size utensils to help reduce plastic waste in our planet. Sometimes it's the simple things that can make the biggest impacts in the long run.

Packing it all up

5. Pack Light

Packing light not also saves your body from lugging around heavy luggage, it uses less resources for the transportation of your goods.

6. Re-wear

Challenge yourself to pack lightly and smarter. Can you wear a pair of jeans two days in a row? Or do you have a light pair of cargo pants you can wear in multiple ways? Think how you can wear your clothes before packing.

Sleep smart

7. Use the 'Do Not Disturb"

Save energy and water by re-using your towels and sheets of a hotel room.

8. Research green hotels

Check out www.EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com to find places to stay who believe in being green in their practices.

Other things to keep in mind

9. Pack reusable bottles

Whether you're stopping for a water break or needing a drink to go, take a reusable bottle to fill up for hydration.

10. Use your electronics

If you're flying, see if you can use your smartphone for your boarding pass. Instead of buying a map to get around, use your smartphone to also find your way around your travel destination.

As we all get ready to travel in the next few weeks, consider using these 10 ways on how you can travel greener.

Safe travels to all!

Author

Maegan Clark

Maegan Clark loves social media even more than Southern sweet tea. She is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialized study in public relations. Since working at Heifer, she has deepened her appreciation for the urgency with which we must end global hunger and poverty.