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5 Ways to Travel Green: From Kelowna Hotels to Paperless Travel

January 13, 2014

Solar water heating system installed on Best Western Kelowna Hotel
One of the most effective ways to travel green is by staying at Kelowna hotels that use alternative energy, such as the solar water heating system used at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites.

(Photo by Cachogaray/Wikimedia Commons)

by Natalie Appleton

Today, more than ever, it’s easy to enjoy your holiday while reducing your impact on the environment. From choosing green Kelowna hotels to paperless travel, you can make a difference on your next trip.

Traveling ‘green’ doesn’t mean sleeping under the stars and burying your toilet paper in the soil. It means making little earth-friendly choices all along so you can be comfortable and easy on your conscience.


Top 5 Tips for Traveling Green


1. Bring your own mug

Many beach destination resorts serve hundreds if not thousands of drinks every day. Since glass isn’t safe near the pool or beach, most of these drinks are served in plastic cups that aren’t recycled. If you brought your own reusable drinking glass and/or coffee mug, you could potentially keep almost a hundred plastic cups out of a landfill by the end of your trip.


2. Eat and drink local

Eating food produced within a 100-mile radius of your destination is both a simple and delicious way to decrease your carbon footprint. Here in BC, Kelowna hotels are just a short drive from orchards, vineyards and cheese farms, most of which are also tourist destinations where you can fill your belly and learn more about where the Okanagan’s wonderful food comes from.


3. Travel without paper

Airline, car rental and hotel reservation systems make it easy for you to show your bookings right on your phone so you don’t even have to waste paper by printing your boarding passes. Several apps, including the iPhone’s Passbook, make traveling paperless simple by keeping all your electronic reservations in one place.


4. Choose green accommodations

One of the biggest ways you can be an eco-tourist is by choosing to stay at environmentally friendly Kelowna hotels. Truly green hotels do more than just help guests recycle and reuse towels—they use alternative energy sources, energy efficient appliances and lighting, low-flow toilets, and more.

To be sure you’re choosing a hotel that really cares, see our post Top 10 Qualities of an Environmentally Friendly Hotel. Another way to be sure your hotel is eco-friendly is by checking to see if they’re certified by a trusted eco-label such as Green Tourism Canada.


5. Conserve energy and water in your room

Short showers, shutting off the water while you brush your teeth, reusing your towels and linens—all of these little everyday actions can really add up. Be sure to shut off the TV and the a/c or heat as well as any other electrical devices when you’re out of your room.


Are you looking for green and pet-friendly Kelowna hotels for your next trip to the Okanagan? Consider the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, an award-winning, gold certified green hotel with a solar water heating system, an electric car charging station, an environmental wing and more. Book your room today.



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