Are you someone who does a lot of traveling for business purposes? If so, that means that you’re, by default, expending a lot of your own personal energy. However, if you’re someone who lives a pretty eco-friendly lifestyle, you might be looking for ways that you can apply “green tips” while on the road. Luckily for you, we have a few suggestions (five to be exact) that can help you to greenify your business travel and, hopefully, help you to distress a bit in the process too:
Travel less. Thanks to technology, you definitely don’t have to travel as much as you used to. If it’s a one-on-one meeting, you can talk to people (even internationally) free of charge thanks to platforms like Skype. If a teleconference is required, you can use online services such as TeleConferencingServices.net, FreeConference.com and FreeConCall.com all from the comfort of your own home or office.
Use mass transit more. Although mass transit options like buses and trains are larger and thereby they need more gas, the reality is that there are far more cars on the road; therefore, cars tend to put more emissions into the air. For this reason, if you are able to take a train to get to where you need to go, that’s a really smart option. If you can’t, then at least consider carpooling.
Look for green hotels. As the eco-friendly market is continuing to expand, there are more and more hotels (along with bed and breakfast establishments) that are being built with the theme of being energy efficient. Some of these places include the Wit Hotel (Chicago), The Good Hotel (San Francisco) and 70 Park Avenue (New York). In order to check out a full listing of green hotels across the United States and overseas (including some London apartments that have a green roof), visit GreenHotels.com.
Buy organic. Sometimes you can end up spending the most money by eating out for each meal. When it comes to snacks throughout the day (and even a couple of lunchtime meals), it’s smart to stop by a local grocery store to pick up some fresh fruits, vegetables, drinks and even sandwiches that are made from organic ingredients. It sure beats purchasing something from the tourist shops near your hotel or even the cost of ordering room service.
Be smart about resources. There are very few people who can travel without their laptop and cell phone. However, make sure that before you leave your house that you have them fully charged up and that when they are not in use, that you actually turn them off rather than putting them in “hibernation” or “airplane mode”. Plus, thanks to all of the features that both of them have, there’s not a really need to use notebooks (paper) to write down what you need to retain. You can store it all in your phone or your computer. And finally, when it comes to attending various conferences and seminars, rather than waiting to arrive at the venue, you can save time, energy and paper by going onto their website and preregistering. More times than not, that will also spare you a dollar or two as well.