Vacations are a tradition for many families and a great way to re-energize. Whether you're planning a weekend road trip or a cross-country adventure, here are some tips for lowering fuel and energy costs during your getaway.
Everything you buy requires fuel consumption in one way or another, so buying less means consuming less energy. When you need vacation items like extra suitcases or pool toys, consider buying secondhand or borrowing from friends. During your trip, be mindful of how much "stuff" you're purchasing to bring home. Everyone loves a meaningful souvenir, but consider quality over quantity, and spend your vacation budget on a few well-chosen items you can treasure forever.
Remember your water bottle
Refillable water bottles are a great way to save money on drinks and reduce the amount of single-use plastic that can end up in landfills. For maximum convenience, pack a bottle that fits easily in the pocket of your backpack or carry-on item, and label it with your name in case it gets left behind on your adventures.
Treat your accommodations like home
At home, you may have already incorporated some energy-conscious practices your daily life, like turning off the water when brushing your teeth, being mindful of the thermostat and keeping lights off in empty rooms. Wherever you stay on your vacation, keep practicing these good habits. It's a good idea to conserve energy wherever you go, and this will help you keep up these practices when you get back home.
Get where you’re going efficiently
If you're driving to your vacation destination, try to use cruise control as much as possible, since steady speeds reduce gas consumption. In addition, in order to avoid traffic and construction delays, since these situations use up a lot of gas. You might also consider renting or borrowing an electric vehicle, which eliminates the need for fossil fuel altogether, and is lower in carbon emissions than gas-powered vehicles.
Traveling by plane? Air travel consumes a lot of fuel, so flying directly to your destination is the most efficient way to get there. Some airlines also offer carbon offset plans that offset your consumption.
Finally, if you're flexible about how to travel, consider going by train. Although they're not an option in all areas, trains are the most energy-efficient way to travel long distances.
Wherever you go—and however you get there—we wish you safe and energy-efficient travels!