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3 Simple Ways to Enjoy Greener Sail Boat Charters

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Green travel habits to reduce carbon footprint and live green

Much attention has been focused on the efforts of the superyacht industry to embrace sustainability and green building practices.  But what about the travelers – the people who rent, for example, a private yacht for a Virgin Islands yacht charter holiday?

How can they contribute to furthering the cause of green, eco-friendly vacations?

It’s not hard, and taking a “green approach” to vacations goes hand-in-hand with being a responsible traveler. With a little effort, charter passengers can help reduce the negative environmental impact on the places they visit.

Green travel begins with the understanding and respect for the cruising destination’s culture and an effort to bring benefit the local economy.

Here’s the best part – you do not have to pay more to go green!   Let’s look at three simple ways to travel greener on your next sailing vacation:

1.  Save Energy
a)  Re-use towels and linens during your charter.  The crews on most yachts constantly scramble to change and clean towels and linens throughout a week-long charter.  After all, they are dedicated to the highest level of customer service.  Simply tell your crew that you are willing to reuse your towels and bed linens more than once or twice during your stay.  It is estimated this simple act can save 5 percent on utilities!

Another simple way to travel greener is to b)  turn off the air conditioning and lights in your cabin when leaving the room.

2.  Reduce Carbon Output
Consider planning a trip that will reduce carbon emissions. Sometimes it is as simple as considering the distance from the arrival airport to your awaiting yacht.  Ask your crew if there is a marina or sandy beach close to the airport.  If there is, you can save the cost of a taxi and the related carbon emissions of the vehicle.

For example, many people arriving for a charter in Tortola, BVI will first fly into St. Thomas, USVI, take a 30 minute taxi to the ferry docks, ride a ferry to Tortola, and take another taxi to a marina – where their yacht and crew await.  As a green alternative, you can fly to Beef Island airport in Tortola, adjacent to a large, sandy beach. Your crew can take a dinghy up to the beach to pick you up, and you can literally walk over from the airport!

3.  Support the Local Economy
You can easily travel greener by learning about the culture, food, and environment of the places you visit. Prior to your charter, ask your crew to cook using native cuisine versus foods and goods that need to be shipped in.  When going ashore to shop and sightsee, buy souvenirs and handmade crafts that benefit the local community over imported goods. Do not purchase souvenirs made from local endangered animals or plants.

To be green on your yacht charter, be sure to support the local economy

Remember, responsible travel habits will reduce the negative environmental impact on the places you visit long after you and your sailing companions have returned home.


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