I attempted 7 issues to be a extra accountable traveler. 6 labored nice, however there's one I'll skip subsequent time.

Consultants suggest discovering lodging that embrace sustainability. Whereas they are often exhausting to seek out, I believe it is price it.

Tents at the Under Canvas glamping resort in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Tents on the Beneath Canvas glamping resort within the Nice Smoky Mountains.

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Loads of motels have eco-friendly branding, so consultants agree discovering lodging that really contribute to a vacation spot’s sustainability might be difficult, however I’ve discovered it is worthwhile.

When researching lodging, search for specifics past “eco-friendly” and no plastic straws, Miller of the Heart for Accountable Journey beforehand instructed Insider. 

“Resorts which can be actually eco-friendly ought to have a sustainability assertion and clearly said initiatives seen on their web site,” Blotter mentioned. “Selecting a vacation spot that embraces sustainable and regenerative journey creates a possibility to vote together with your {dollars} and assist locations dedicated to this path.”

Likewise, Zapata beneficial searching for particular initiatives concerning sustainability on resort web sites. And if you find yourself reserving with them, search for proof that their lodging is following the claims it makes.

I did simply that forward of my journey to the Nice Smoky Mountains. Earlier than reserving Beneath Canvas — a glamping resort with a group really feel — I discovered that the resort’s web site had a bit devoted to sustainability.

From there, I realized that Beneath Canvas partnered with The Nature Conservancy, a world environmental nonprofit that works to preserve land and water, helps to fund conservation, and raises consciousness via training, volunteer efforts, and donation applications.

I felt good seeing these efforts and booked a one-night keep.

Throughout my keep, I observed a number of of those practices in place to cut back vitality consumption, from pull-chain showers that saved water by operating solely whereas the chain was all the way down to wood-fired ovens that campers lit themselves to heat their tents as a substitute of electrical energy. I additionally observed dim lighting, which is supposed to lower gentle air pollution, based on the corporate’s web site.

Whereas I chosen Beneath Canvas due to its sustainability efforts, I discovered I loved the eco-friendly practices of the resort. Making my very own fireplace to warmth my tent made me really feel extra related to nature, and I might undoubtedly keep in a spot like this once more.