With Spring Break officially here, thousands of local students will be flocking to warm, sunny, destinationsas a reprieve from a grueling semester. While this vacation may be necessary to recharge your proverbial batteries, the cumulative effect of all you world travelers on the environment is significant.
So, how can you have your cake and eat it to? Being green for spring break doesn’t have to be boring. Here are some fun tips for having a green break!
1. Road Trip with a Hybrid
Find a friend with access to a hybrid vehicle or rent one. Many car rental companies now offer hybrid vehicles! Get as many people to fit in that car as you can and have an unforgettable road trip. You’ll GO GREEN in the hybrid and SAVE GREEN by splitting the little amount of gas you’ll need amongst your friends. If the journey truly is as sweet as the destination, why not drive there?
2. Take a Bike!
If you’re driving to a bike-friendly destination, why not bring your bike with you? If you don’t have one, you can rent one from MSU Bikes (http://bikes.msu.edu/
). You can drive to your spring break destination and once you are there, explore with your bike rather than driving. Using public transportation is also a viable green option also!
3. Eat Locally Grown Foods
After you arrive, stay away from fast food, especially if there is a good local market. Eating fresh local foods won’t weigh you down. You’re on vacation… you want to feel light and energetic! Plus, you don’t want to ruin all of that hard work you put in to get your body into swimsuit shape. Local foods will also help stimulate the local economy. What better way to thank the place that is giving you a much needed break from reality?
4. Have a “staycation”
What the heck is a staycation, you ask? Stay in town for spring break! (I’m not just suggesting this because I have to stay in town and want everyone to suffer with me). College towns are still fun when most of the students leave. You won’t have to wait in line to get into your favorite bar… and odds are you won’t pay a cover to get in! Plus, with a large amount of students gone, local businesses will surely appreciate you!
Comment with your suggestions and have a fun and SAFE Spring Break!