Green Travel Tips for the Holiday Season
The holiday season is always a busy and hectic time, with lots of heavy travel and additional amounts of unavoidable stress. Holiday traffic can be horrendous, especially in large metropolises with freeways as still as parking lots coupled with high blood pressures at their highest peaks. Waiting to travel at the last minute is also a major burden, so plan your trips to see your loved ones well in advance.
With the increase in traffic and rise of departing flights, did you ever think about how the holiday season impacts the environment? For those individuals that seek to practice eco-friendly habits during the year, it may be difficult maintaining this green lifestyle once the Christmas cards get addressed and the snow begins to fall.
One of the best alternatives to driving to your holiday destinations is utilizing the option of public transport. Although the trip may seem like it would take a little longer, try to sit back and think about how long the trip would be on the freeways. Bus fares tend to be inexpensive. Just pack as lightly as possible to ensure a comfortable experience. Buses produce the least amount of emissions in comparison to other modes of transportation.
The Polar Express
If taking the train seems archaic, think again. Taking the train is perhaps the most comfortable and less stressful option during holidays and long weekends. You are able to catch up on rest, enjoy a drink or two, and not have to worry about the responsibility of driving. Train rides also provide wonderful scenery should you be lucky enough to travel areas with it (Sorry, Nebraska). So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Carols in the Carpools
However, sometimes you just have to drive. If you cannot avoid setting your foot on the gas pedal, encourage others to hitch a ride with you. Carpooling is definitely a smart and environmentally friendly option. And the advantages are many: you can take turns driving should the driver get tired, you can keep each other awake on long commutes and you can keep each other safe! That is so much better than traveling alone and best of all, it keeps fewer cars off the road.
Christmas Comes Early
If at all possible, and of course this depends on work schedules and whatnot, deciding to visit the loved ones a few days earlier is a very smart move. If the other eco-friendly options aren’t viable, then go with the option of getting a jump-start on the holiday traffic. Avoiding holiday traffic means less stress, less traffic, and lower carbon emissions. Plus, how nice would it be to see the family sooner than later?
I’ll Have a Green Christmas
With these different options, holiday travel while being green is very possible. Hopping on a train or a bus is environmentally friendly and less stressful than spending hours in traffic. Carpooling with others can also relieve the anxiety and anticipation of traveling during the ever-hectic holiday season. Better yet, traveling ahead of schedule can be a positive alternative as well. So, before heading to your holiday destination, make sure to run through every possible option. This time comes only once a year, but that does not mean that you should forget about protecting the environment.
Kathy Ferris is a freelance writer and has been working on the web on and off for the last 10 years. An avid blogger she has had many posts featured on major social networks and other news portal websites. Her current project is with www.TotsNstyle.com as a children’s clothes monger and dedicated aunt and godmother.