Erin Vaughan, Guest Blogger
You recycle everything you can at home. You drive a hybrid or efficient car. You turn down the heat and AC when you’re not in the house. You’re doing your best to cut the earth a break and lighten your carbon footprint. So why should your vacation have to be any different?
Unfortunately, your few days of R&R can be pretty tough on the environment. While your vacation may be the perfect time to appreciate the splendor and diversity of the planet, packaging from snacks, emissions from travel, and the convenience of CO2-laden transport can all rack up a serious toll on the earth. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have a nice, relaxing time off. Our motto here at Modernize is that green doesn’t mean inconvenient. Rather, it’s a lifestyle that starts with small changes you can make anywhere, at anytime. Here are our recommendations on how to have a vacation that’s relaxing and eco-friendly, by integrating one or more of these earth-approved vacation tips into your summer Oregon Coast holiday!
Prepare Your Snacks Ahead of Time
Ever notice how you seem to rack up a lot of trash on a road trip? All of those snacks, drinks, and water bottles come in disposable packaging that’s difficult to recycle when you’re on the road. Most of the time, all that excess plastic, glass, and paper goes straight into the garbage bin the next time you stop to fill up. To reduce your trip’s landfill footprint, try portioning your snacks out ahead of time in reusable containers. Also, carry a refillable water bottle with you instead of using plastic bottles—most rest stops have a water fountain where you can fill up on the go. At the end of your trip, gather all of your recyclables and drop them off at the facilities located at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda upon check-in.
Minimize Your Carbon Footprint as You Travel
Which is better for the environment, flying or driving? Experts remain divided. That’s because it really varies depending on the vehicle you use, the length of your trip, and how many people you take with you, so the math can get pretty complicated. However, one thing they do agree on is that no matter which way you decide to travel, you should try to make your trip as low-emissions as possible. If you’re flying, that means choosing direct flights rather than layovers, since planes tend to consume more fuel when they’re taking off and landing. And if you decide to go by car, consider renting a hybrid automobile to make the trek. Your fuel savings may just offset some of the cost you incur by renting! Give the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda Concierge staff a call at 503-965-7920 to help you locate the best eco-friendly rentals and return centers.
Rely on Green Transportation
Getting around on a bicycle or on foot is a great way to explore our cozy little beach town and take in the sights—and get a little fresh air and exercise in the process! Every Oregon Coast vacation rental home has at least 2 bikes provided, most have at least 4. The Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, Hart’s Camp, and Inn at Cape Kiwanda all provide complimentary beach cruiser bikes to our guests. Just stop in and let us know how many you need! The slower pace helps you really appreciate the scenery like never before. And all the exercise lowers your stress levels, which is exactly why you went on vacation in the first place!
Book a Green Hotel Room
Find out if your hotel makes green efforts by asking them directly. Ask about recycling programs, food donation services, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling, and washers and dryers. One of the most effective ways you can help the environment is by pouring your dollars exclusively into hotels that operate this way, since it can encourage other businesses to take note. Using your vacation for a little impromptu eco-activism? Sounds like a good deal to me!
About the Writer
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.