Deciding Who Will Plan Your Green Trip

Your first step in planning green travel is to decide whether you can spend time researching the trip yourself or whether you prefer to let someone else handle the details of your eco-friendly vacation or business trip. Both options are entirely valid, and both have advantages and disadvantages.

Planning it yourself

If you prefer to plan your own travel, you can make the greenest possible choices at every step without having to explain them to a travel agent or tour operator. This does take time, however, and you need to understand the travel process — down to details such as how much time you’ll need to transfer between airline or bus terminals, for example, and whether you’ll need to obtain visas ahead of time.

If you have the time and skills, you can plan your own green trip.
If you have the time and skills, you can plan your own green trip.

When you plan your own eco-vacation, you need to commit the time necessary to research all these areas, but you’re rewarded by the fact that you’re traveling your way, which can be as deep a shade of green as you want.

Letting a professional book your trip — or at least part of it

A travel agent or tour operator can take care of many details automatically and may be able to suggest ideas for itineraries or destinations that you wouldn’t find on your own. You need to make sure that the person you work with understands your green travel priorities in order to ensure that the trip you end up with is one that meets all your standards.

Make sure your travel agent knows your green travel priorities. [Credit: Corbis Digital Stock]
Credit: Corbis Digital Stock
Make sure your travel agent knows your green travel priorities.

You can also plan parts of your trip yourself and have a tour operator or travel agent help you with other parts. In this arrangement, the planning doesn’t overwhelm you, but you still have a strong degree of control.

However you decide to plan your trip, make sure that you understand your green priorities; they’ll help both you and any experts who may be trying to assist you.

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