Simple Green: Taking Your Green Self on the Road

Simple Green: Taking Your Green Self on the Road

Amber Byfield
Nov 5, 2008

Without getting too political...Last night's election meant a lot to me as an individual, and I think meant a lot to this nation as a whole. And as luck would have it, today I'm flying through Chicago for work. I'll only be there for a few hours before I take a train up to Wisconsin, but I am looking forward to feeling the excitement in the air. I mean, did you not see the thousands at Grant Park last night?

Trust me--there's a green theme here. I just want to mention a couple of things I always do when I travel for work, since I don't like to leave all my green tendencies behind me in Texas. Jump below for my ideas, and then share your own!

First of all, carbon offsets are a great thing. I have purchased these before from TerraPass, and felt confident that my money was used for good.

I also like to explore local offerings while I'm around. When I'm in Wisconsin, I try to eat the local catch of the day, and if I've got plenty of free time, enjoy a local beer. This is a great chance to step away from the nationwide chains and support the local economy.

And, when spending time in a city that has a reliable public transit system (thinking again about Chicago now), I shy away from renting a car and hop on the bus with everyone else. This helps give you a much better sense of place and also minimizes your traveling carbon footprint.

There are lots of great green travel tips out there. Re-Nest has even brought you maps to point you on the path to a greener trip.

How do you act as an Earth-friendly traveler?

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