Green Honeymoon Tips
Honeymoons are a great way to unwind after your big day. It's a wonderful time to pamper yourself and your partner. And, if you plan ahead, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and you’ll feel even better that you are doing your part to help the planet. You may also find that the money you save from these tips could help you justify staying a few extra days.
- Choose an environmentally conscious hotel or resort: Several large chains and numerous independent hotels are beginning to introduce programs to reduce their energy and water usage. Several are even constructing new “green” buildings. Hotels will typically advertise their "environmental" efforts on their websites but a comprehensive third-party eco-certification program is still under development.
- Take the train: How you get to your destination can make a big difference. Since your honeymoon is all about relaxation, why not save yourself the airline security and recycled air and take the train instead? This can save you money and stress - and reduce your carbon emissions by 25%.
- Shuttle buses and van pools: Take advantage of the shuttle services at your hotel or resort if they offer them. Otherwise, check online to see if private shuttles or van pools can take you to and from the airport.
- Wind and people-powered activities: A honeymoon could be a great opportunity to try something new together. Think about sailing, horseback riding, snorkeling or SCUBA diving. Hiking and walking are of course a great way to burn off all of those daiquiris and piña coladas.
- Smaller Room, Larger Appetite: Small rooms use far less energy to heat and cool... and, honestly, how much time are you planning on spending out of bed? You could use the money you’ll save on a nice dinner.
- Bring your own toiletries: Those little bottles of shampoo and conditioner produce a large amount of waste and your own brands from home are probably better anyway. Just remember to pack them in your checked luggage if you’re flying.
- Turn off the air conditioning: If your room doesn’t automatically turn off the AC or heat when you leave the room, consider turning it off yourself when you are going to be gone for more than a couple hours. Depending on the temperature outside, it may be comfortable with just the windows open.
- Think globally, travel locally: Traveling to your destination is likely going to be the single largest source of carbon emissions. A round-trip flight for two from New York to Australia emits nearly 16 tons of CO2, the same as driving a typical SUV 30,000 miles. If you’re set on a beach vacation, consider domestic destinations along the coasts or even to the Great Lakes, which have crystal clear waters and surprisingly soft sand beaches.
- Reduce what you can, offset the rest: The tips we’ve given above will help you to reduce your carbon footprint but you may choose to go completely carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets. Offsets generated from renewable energy sources are the best option. You can calculate your carbon footprint at TerraPass.com.