Traveling is a wonderful way experience and appreciate other cultures and landscapes, but it also takes a toll on the environment. According to The Green Book, air travel is becoming the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. The book also gives plenty of tips on how to make your travel more green by using less water and electricity in your hotel and offsetting your carbon emissions.
Another alternative is to be a tourist in your own city. Recently, when my brother-in-law came to town, my husband and I took him on a tour of our city of Indianapolis with the same energy and gusto we usually have on vacation. We took public transportation (which is limited in our city) and traveled by foot for shorter distances. I carried my digital camera and took as many photos as I would in a new city.
So next time you have some time off and you are thinking of where to go, consider seeing what you hometown has to offer and get away without leaving town.