What is it about spring? That makes you want to sing? For me, it’s so many things!
(Yes, that was my attempt at a springtime rhyme. Oops, there’s another!)
Anyway, one thing is for sure: Springtime in the mountains means it’s time to travel! I love the Tetons and truly live for powder days. But, come late March or early April, I’m itching to get out of town. Cabin fever is for real! Road trips are suddenly on the radar.
“Calgon, take me away!”
No doubt, a road trip is a great way to explore new places. It’s a fun way to get to know our land and people-scapes even better. And, believe it or not, it’s an opportunity to travel by the principle of “less is more.” So, how can we begin to do that?
Here are 6 steps for taking a more sustainable road trip:
- Map out your route in advance: Avoid driving unnecessary distances and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Take an ‘efficient’ vehicle and pack light: Choose a car with good gas mileage, or consider renting one for your trip. Also, the lighter the vehicle, the less fuel you use.
- Bring reusables and edibles: Take your own bottles, containers and utensils to reduce waste from disposable items. And, pack a cooler full of your favorite snacks.
- Eat local and organic food: When dining out, choose restaurants that serve locally sourced and organic food. This helps support the local economy.
- Choose eco-friendly accommodations: Look for eco-friendly hotels or campsites that are committed to sustainable practices.
- Use bikes or public transport: If you’re stopping in a city, consider renting bikes or using public transportation to get around instead of driving.
By taking these steps, you can be on your way to minimizing your environmental impact and to nurturing Mother Earth! Tell us in the comments below how you already travel sustainably or what steps you are going to take from our list above. Happy travels!