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Going Green Can Be Easy With These Simple Tips!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Nature Conservancy for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.

Going Green, for me, was a little intimidating at first. This guide from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a really helpful way to get started. It is loaded with green tips from travel to recycling that will not overwhelm you with too many changes.

Learning How to Go Green

I learned over time it does not have to be overwhelming at all! Making small changes have a huge impact on my environment and my wallet. You can download the guide by entering your name and email to read the tips and get motivated to start now with the Everyday Sustainability Guide.

Tips for going green

In order to make changes to be more green or eco-wise, I had to change my mindset. I realized by going green, I was being a good steward of what we have been given. When I was more intentional about being eco-wise it was easy to instill good habits.

Here are just a couple of the great tips that I have implemented from The Nature Conservancy guide below.

Choose Vacations Closer To Home

As a travel writer, my footprint can be huge. Why? Air travel! So on my personal vacations, I often choose to stay close to home. I live in a really beautiful area. My philosophy has always been, “Why am I traveling somewhere else when I already live in paradise!”

One of my favorite things to do is to stay at one of our local 5-star hotels. Affording the oceanfront suite is not a problem because it is a quick 10-minute drive over to the beach to check-in! No expensive air travel means better accommodations here at home and a huge reduction in your travel footprint!

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Look for museums, art galleries and wineries within a short driving distance. I did not realize how many new options had popped up over the last few years in my region. Sometimes we get so busy we have no idea what is right around the corner that would make a great day trip!

Utilize train or bus travel to get to a regional destination. I remember as a kid, we took the train to go into the city! There are some great benefits to letting someone else drive, like eliminating parking issues. The most important one is you get to see all the sights without putting wear and tear on your own vehicle!

Nature walks, hiking, and state parks offer a way to get back in touch with the greener things in life! There is nothing more relaxing than taking a day to go to the beach or finding a local botanical garden to walk through. Getting back outside can be a great way to get exercise and breath in some fresh air! Often there are beach clean-up events to support keeping our beaches and waterways clean! It is a great way to give back to your community!

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Start Small and Build On Good Habits

There are tons of little things we can implement over time that will help us to reduce our footprint. I like the guide because I can print it out and put it in a place where I am reminded to focus on my goals.

The Nature Conservancy is working to encourage you to create sustainable habits that can be implemented over time. Too often we take an all or nothing mindset that can deter us from making small steps that can have a big impact on our personal footprint.

Download the guide by entering your name and email to read the tips and get motivated to start now with The Everyday Sustainability Guide.

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103 responses to “Going Green Can Be Easy With These Simple Tips!”

  1. Shanna Avatar

    Love this! We’re always looking for more ways to go green!

  2. Sarah Avatar

    I never would have thought to stay at a “local” 5 star hotel. Although I’m nowhere near the beach, so yours looks much more appealing! Great tips 🙂

  3. Nicki Avatar

    I love “stay-cations”! I know we have a ton to explore locally here too!

  4. Dennis Avatar

    I love your advice about choosing destinations closer to home. We often forget there’s plenty of hidden jewels in our own backyard.

  5. Shirley Florence Avatar

    Living on a farm, we never get to travel to far away, which for me was a little depressing. Then my husband and I got to talking about all the beautiful places around us that we had never been. Now we make it a point to go somewhere different around here when ever we do get away. All within a hour or so drive. It’s great.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Shirley, you should look at Trusted House Sitters or check with your Vet! I have friends who hire vet techs to work also I was looking on there and people are advertising their farms for pet sitting gigs. I have horse experience so I was thinking about it for us to get free lodging. With the right team to sub at the farm maybe you can take a train trip somewhere! Just a suggestion. I know farming is very intensive.

  6. T.M. Brown Avatar

    Such great tips to keep in mind!! Since moving to Florida, staycations are a little more common, but we should be paying more attention to going green. Thanks for the reminders and suggestions!

  7. Laura Avatar

    I always love good tips about how to be green! These are fantastic! Great post!

  8. Susan Franklin Avatar

    Great tips – we try to take short weekend trips to see things that may be 2-3 hours away. Not really reducing the footprint much, but it helps a little!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Much better than flying for three hours! I also have a trip to the airport on top of that for 1.5 hours!

  9. Carmen Avatar

    Great ideas for less expensive vacations!

  10. Tracy @ Cleland Clan Avatar

    We are lucky to live within a few hours of three larger cities–perfect for day or weekend trips. You are so right–there’s so much to see and do in our own backyards.

  11. Jennifer Avatar

    These are great tips! We try to incorporate one new thing each year. It was too overwhelming when we tried to do everything at once. This year, we are remembering to recycle plastic bottles from the bathrooms. We always did the kitchen and laundry room, but for some reason would just toss plastic from the bathroom.

  12. Janine Avatar

    I love taking the train! Not only is it green, but it is delightful!

  13. Kathryn at Avatar

    Great tips! I have to keep reminding myself that there are so many places that I can vacation at that are a short drive away. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jordin Avatar

    I love your tip on hiking, nature trail, etc. I always try to find something outdoors/nature to do on each trip.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! I love being outside after being cooped up in an office.

  15. Heather Avatar

    My husband would love you. He thinks we have everything we’d ever need to visit right here in Colorado.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Haha, thanks, Heather! But tell him CO is on my list, FL should be on yours!

  16. Michele Vadnais Avatar

    We do a lot of local “travel”, but I never really thought about it in terms of going green. Great ideas!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Motivation to do more!

  17. Cindy Avatar

    Great tips for going green. I like the idea of going on regional vacations and discovering new things in my own backyard.

  18. Sheila Avatar

    Some great tips here! I love a good staycation at a nice resort. I never considered that it was better for the environment than driving a far distance to stay at a resort. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

  19. Vessy Smith Avatar

    Excellent info! We are always trying to be mindful of the environmental impact we have while traveling. I really appreciate your suggestions…and just the fact that you are posting about this important issue! 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Glad you enjoyed it Vessy!

  20. Kat Avatar

    We are big hikers and I love how this is included in ways to be green. It’s important to remember that there are many ways to green!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      That was why I liked the download. It was not your typical going green tips!

  21. Ola Avatar

    Never thought about how travel affects the wnvironment outside of planes, trains and automobiles…

  22. Stacey Avatar

    Great ideas! We love exploring our local attractions and parks. We went to an art museum this summer that was about an hour away, and it was so cool. And free!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks, Stacey! There is so much to do locally.

    2. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome, Stacey! Nothing beats free!

  23. Missy Avatar

    Love the idea to stay close to home. It is great not to have to go to the airport.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I really hate flying anymore as well.

  24. Brittany Avatar

    I love to walk around and explore cities when I am on vacation. And I need to explore closer to home! There are so many little places I’ve never been.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Sometimes we love to just drive somewhere and explore close by. I love day trips!

  25. Donna Lynn Starling Avatar

    Sometimes we overlook what is in our own back yard. I live in a destination city and definitly do not take full advantage of all there is to do here.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Get out there and get us some photos, Donna!

  26. Rachel Newlon Avatar

    The beaches are calling me!!! All those amazing photos!!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      The beach calls me every week! Nothing harder than working a 9-5 in paradise!

  27. Junell DuBois Avatar

    Great thing to focus on when traveling. Tourists don’t think about the environmental impact we have!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I really didn’t either until I wrote this. Now I can make better choices!

  28. Sandi Barrett Avatar

    We do fly – it’s cold in the North East – but – we also use a lot of public trans when we get to our destination and try our best to leave a small footprint. Great article!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks, Sandi! I try to live 80/20. The little decisions matter.

  29. Laura G Avatar

    Tricia, I love those tips, especially the vacation close to home. It is so easy to forget the beauty we are surrounded with, and always fun when we allow ourselves to see our home with tourist eyes!!

  30. Ramae Avatar

    I don’t think enough good can be said about getting out in nature, whether it’s the park or a beach or a forest. The fresh air and ease of nature is so good for us. I really like your idea about vacations closer to home, too, although I live in northern Minnesota. The last place I want to go in the winter is a place with more cold and snow! I’m up for trying new things, though. Winter camping sounds kind of fun!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Maybe a resort with an indoor pool! Minnesota looks like a great place to visit. I can imagine snuggling up to a fire with hot cocoa. But I never get to see snow. 🙂

  31. Janell Avatar

    What great ideas on going green! I certainly should travel closer to home since I live in Hawaii. Might need to book a staycation soon!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      That is even a better paradise than I have! So many options!

  32. Ivy|livin the life of ivy Avatar

    I have thought about staying at a local 5-star hotel. I just might do that this year!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It’s awesome. Literally 15 minutes from my front door. No stress, no highways. You still feel like you are in another world.

  33. Shirley Avatar

    To join in on the green movement, I think I’ll try train travel! I’ve always wanted to ride a train somewhere and now you’ve given me even more incentive. Thank you!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love train travel. I grew up with it and miss it. Amtrack has some great tours!

  34. Anna Avatar

    I totally agree about the idea of staying at one of the local 5-star hotels. Sometimes it is the best vacation. We have 3 dogs, so don’t want to leave them alone for too long. So this option a lot of times works the best!!!
    Love the design of your header!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you, Anna! My local 5 star accepts dogs as well! Bring them along!

  35. Pauline Avatar

    I haven’t been on a plane in 8 years. We take lots of vacations but they are all within driving distance.

  36. Pam Avatar

    Excellent ideas! I love the suggestion to travel closer to home – everyplace has something interesting nearby, it’s just a matter of finding it!

  37. jen Avatar

    Really well thought out. I enjoy the partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

  38. Lisa Wells Avatar

    What great ideas! Nature is our favorite thing to observe while on vacation!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Mine too. When we go to the beach we love to watch the turtles and fish. Manatees swim by on occasion as well!

  39. Leigh Ann Avatar

    It looks like you do live in paradise! What beautiful scenery.

  40. Angela Greven Avatar

    Great tips! We absolutely love visiting state parks here in Florida and around the US when we’re out of town. Great strides begin with small steps, I got rid of my car 3 years ago and couldn’t be happier! Thanks for the info to keep it going. 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Lucky you! Great job giving up the car!

  41. Katie Avatar

    Great ideas! I love a ‘staycation.’ You get to experience so many new things without going too far!

  42. Meagan Avatar

    These are great tips and none are too out there!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I think small steps have a big impact because they are doable!

  43. Dawnmarie @ Avatar

    I do enjoy walking amidst natural surroundings. The sounds, the colors, and the clean air feel different than walking through a city. There is a certain peace to it.

  44. Michele Avatar

    Wow! So many great ideas here that we all should consider! Thanks for sharing!

  45. Gail Avatar

    It really is so important for our future kids!!

  46. Bonnibelle Avatar

    These are great tips! I looove traveling locally and supporting local businesses and communities. Definitely one of my favorite ways to go green!

  47. Cynthia Mackintosh Avatar

    So many great ideas! I have been exploring my local surrounding more now and it’s amazing how much you can find to do if you do your research!

  48. Marcea Avatar

    Doing a staycation is a great way to learn about your local community while still leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Once I realized how few things I had done in my area that people were traveling far and wide to see, I realized I need to appreciate my own area more.

  49. Julie Avatar

    Great ideas!! I can imagine how much we can experience right close to home.

  50. Becki Svare Avatar

    This is a great list of ideas! I love the idea of a beautiful local hotel suite! What a fantastic idea!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I wish I could live there! Lol

  51. bettye rainwater Avatar

    Great tips for “traveling local”! And going someplace relatively nearby by train vs driving is such a fun addition to a trip! You can really relax and just look out the window!


    1. Tricia Avatar

      I would love to do a train trip!

  52. Jenny Avatar

    Hiking through nature while traveling is always on our list. And, it is so true, there are so many amazing sites to see here in Florida. We don’t have to ever go too far.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is the perfect base camp!

  53. Claudia c Avatar
    Claudia c

    Oh my!!! How many great ideas on going green! Thank you, I thought you were going to be talking about recycling, which I am really good at, so I was going to toot my own horn. But, apparently I was put into place!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Haha! Thanks for checking it out!

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