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Looking to travel in a more environmentally friendly way? You’re not alone.
According to research conducted by Booking.com, EY Parthenon and OC&C strategy consultants, 73% of travelers say they would be more likely to book accommodation with sustainability practices in place. Despite these numbers, only 41% of those travelers know how to find sustainable travel options. To make it easier to travel in an eco-conscious way, Booking.com launched its Travel Sustainable badge.
When searching for accommodation on the Booking.com site, you’ll find a filter available in the search field titled “Travel Sustainable Properties.” Having this badge means that the accommodation you’ve selected has made efforts to deliver positive impacts on sustainability practices in five categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gasses — while also supporting local communities and protecting nature and animals.
In addition to supporting sustainable hotels, properties and more, Booking.com is working to have a net-zero environmental impact by 2040.
If you’re looking for affordable and sustainable travel options this summer, check out our list below in some of America’s best cities.
Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia is a great city to immerse yourself in some history. The Warwick Hotel hotel is just one mile away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and a 15-minute walk to the Franklin Institute of Science. If history and science aren’t your scene, there’s plenty of art to see in the city of love, too. Consider making a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where you can also find the famous Rocky Steps and statue. For families with children, the Philadelphia Zoo is always a great option.
The Kimpton Aertson Hotel, an IHG Hotel
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. Every room at the Kimpton Aerston Hotel provides travelers with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-fi, a rooftop pool and access to the 4,000-square-foot full service spa. If you’d rather relax with a drink in hand, you can visit Henley, the modern American brasserie located right inside the hotel. They serve daily breakfast and dinner and also all the Tennessee whiskey you could imagine.
San Francisco, California
The Clancy, Autograph Collection
Fun fact: San Francisco is considered one of the most sustainable cities in the U.S. It has strict recycling and composting mandates and hundreds of commuters who take public transit and partake in bike and other ride-share programs. There’s also plenty to do. Whether you visit the museum of modern art or take a long walk to Land’s End during sunset, San Francisco has activities for everyone.
Denver is one of few cities in America that is certified Platinum in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED for Cities program. With the city’s Climate Action Plan, water efficiency, quality planning, waste management, green infrastructure and push for 100% renewable electricity by 2030, Denver is a leader in sustainable growth — and vibrant art and delicious restaurants. The Catbird Hotel is located in the creative RiNo district, where you can find an elaborate street art scene, cool galleries and a range of breweries. Put yourself in the heart of the city’s vibrant, creative center and experience all the feelings that travel should inspire.
Looking for other ways you can travel more sustainably this season? Try out the below tips.
Environmentally conscious travel starts with the items you pack. Swap your travel-size shampoo bottles for shampoo bars that are plastic free — and (bonus) have zero chance of exploding your bag. If you’re heading to the beach, look for reef-safe sunscreens and natural bug sprays that use less harsh chemicals. Opt for a reusable water bottle, instead of single use plastic bottles, and find places to refill on your trip as needed. Coffee drinkers, make sure to pack a reusable mug and glass straw for those iced lattes you fancy.
Travel Closer to Home
Traveling doesn’t have to mean a long-haul flight across the globe to a new continent. You can explore a new city within the states. And if the location you choose is close enough, ditch the expensive (and pollutant) planes and try a scenic train or bus trip instead. If you’d rather do the driving yourself, perhaps consider a road-trip with several friends in one car to minimize your carbon footprint.
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