Traveling the world offers a great experience and broadens your horizons. Deciding where to go is an important consideration, but so is deciding how you want to travel. When you go to Europe and Germany there are a number of things you can do to lessen your carbon footprint and to make your travels more eco-friendly. This helps the atmosphere and can also make a difference to the health and well-being of wild animals and plants. Being a conscientious traveler makes you feel better about your trip and might be a valuable learning experience for you and your co-travelers. Here are some things you can do to make the world a better place while you travel.
Learn About Solar
Solar technology has been around for a couple of decades now. It takes energy from the sun and converts it into usable energy for homes and businesses. It greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions over other forms of energy that burn fossil fuels. While traveling, you can make a point to learn more about this important technology. Germany is certainly a good place to learn about solar power. The country has been a leader in solar technology for a number of years.
Travel is all about becoming inspired and changing your life for the better. When you get home, you might want to buy solar panels for your own home. It's a great way to ensure a better future for everyone.
Commune With the Forests
Germany is famous for its forests, including the legendary Black Forest. In fact, one third of the country is designated as forest. While visiting the forest, take time to recharge your personal and spiritual batteries. It's nice to slip into the trees and only hear the sounds of nature: birds singing, water trickling and wind moving the leaves. The light in forests is often moderated and dappled by the trees, making for a special experience. Because of its ample forests, Germany is listed as one of the top 10 green destinations in Europe according to Forbes.
While going green on your trip to Germany, you have a choice of forests to visit. Here are some of the top ones to consider:
- The ghost forest of Gespensterwald
- The forests of Jasmund National Park
- The alder and pine trees of Spreewald
- The ancient trees of the Black Forest
Use Public Transport
Europe is known for great trains and public transport options and Germany is no exception. That means you can easily get around the country without the need of a car; it just takes a little bit of planning and learning. Another benefit of this mode of travel is that it is fairly inexpensive. In most cases, it will cost you less to use public transport in Germany than in many other European destinations. Keep in mind that train travel in Germany is very efficient but it costs a little more than buses. The bus system in Berlin is often considered one of the best in the world.
Join a Group Tour
It can be fun and educational to join a group tour while in Germany. Many environmental organizations such as the Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club promote group travel that includes an educational component about nature. These trips also tend to go lighter on the environment since they include bus travel, bike travel and lots of hiking. The Sierra Club International Outings offers several trips to Germany and throughout Europe each year. These trips visit historic places and national parks.
Stay In One Place
You can easily find one special place in Germany and then stay put, slowing down and going for daily hikes. This cuts down on your travel and can save you some money. By getting to know one area well, you gain a new perspective on this part of the world. Travel does not mean you always have to be moving.
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