A travel industry veteran, Nicole Hockin provides readers with practical travel advice and recommendations. She has been quoted in various magazines and news programs including CBS Marketwatch, SoapTalk, BusinessWeek, TravelWeekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and numerous network stations across the country. Additionally, Nicole is featured regularly on various television morning programs, including The Rachael Ray Show, CW’s Daily Buzz, The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, among many others.
So here is her deal for green travel:
Choose sustainable hotels such as The Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco; Hotel Monaco, Chicago; or Habitat Suites, Austin, Texas.
· Pack your own reusable water bottles. Not only is this cost-effective for you but it significantly cuts down on plastic waste.
· Purchase travel size refillable bottles for toiletries. This is a significant change you can make as solid waste disposal and landfills become an even bigger environmental issue.
· Reuse hotel towels. According to Zerowaste.org, the average amount of water used (in a luxury hotel) is 475 gallons per room/per day.
· Consider alternative transportation. Choosing a hotel that is centrally located to the sites/interests that you are visiting may enable you to eliminate the need for a rental car. Minimize your carbon footprint and get to know an area by walking to nearby sites.