We can’t get away from phrases such as “green living” and “carbon footprint” and “renewable resources” in our modern age. But green travel? Yes, there is such a thing as travel packages that are designed to lower your carbon footprint when you visit other places.
In Asia, green travel is a new concept and hasn’t been totally embrace as a buzz word. However, there are some general tips to keep your vacation as green as possible. First, don’t move around a lot. The less movement you make, the less gas you consume. Travel lightly as the more you take, the more gas you consume. Eat and buy locally produced foods and products. Anything that is imported used a lot of gas to get there. If it is safe enough, use public transportation or even bicycles and human-powered boats to get to where you’re going.
Asia is a large place, and green travel is possible in just about every area. We’ll start with the ultimate in adventure travel, the Himalayan Mountains and the roof of world.
Mountain Travel Sobek specializes in mountain climbing as a vacation but they are also cognizant of leaving a minimal impact on the environment they explore. Contributing to such causes as saving tiger populations in Asia, MTS is a great way to spend your vacation on a natural and green adventure.
If serious pampering is your idea of a vacation, Thailand’s Chiva Som Stay Spa has 58 guest rooms over seven acres nestled next to the beach and tropical flora and fauna. Relax as you sleep, eat, and breathe holistic health with yoga, stretching, and vacationing in style and doing the world some good.
Staffers at the resort volunteer to their local communities while helping to maintain the resort’s certified Green Globe status. Not only do they have on-site solar panels, but they grow their own food in greenhouses in their organic farm.
Pandas are cute and cuddly. If you want a truly different experience, volunteer to work at the Woolong Panda Center and Reserve. Help monitor and take care of the giant panda in their natural habitat as you live nearby. Several organizations have trips you can take.
Asia is a big place and there are many ways you can take green tours of the Orient. You may also check with your local travel agent to see if they offer any brochures on green travel or any tips, hints, or tricks to reducing your carbon footprint while you travel.