Green Travel on a Budget: Tips and Resources

Green travel continues to be the top travel trend in 2019, as more eco-conscious tourists are making an effort to plan a sustainable and eco-friendly travel experience. Here are some tips and resources you may find useful.

Choose a green destination

If you have not yet had a determined place to go, just Google “Green Destinations” and search for inspirations.  If you wish to travel within the United States, Niagara Falls and Yellowstone National Park are both highly recommended green destinations.

Click here to see the top 100 sustainable destinations around the world!

Plan ahead for more affordable price

As known to all, the cost of accommodations and transportation services could go drastically high if you do not book ahead of time– especially when you are traveling on public holidays. Remember good deals sell fast. Therefore the most important thing we should keep in mind is to always make plans in advance. 

Transportation is critical

In 2018, Rhodium reports that carbon emissions by transportation maintained its position to be the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions for the third year running. Rapid growth in air travel contributes to the overall demand for jet fuel by 3.0%. A greener and more economical transportation method are intercity buses. Comparing to other transportation methods, intercity buses are no doubt the most flexible and low-cost option, which also covers the most grounds.

Find a bus for your desired destination !

Packing light – but bring all you need

Packing light is another essential element when it comes to travelling green. Most people will not realize the impact of a heavy luggage. Not only will you risk of paying extra, but also will it harm the atmosphere. Having to carry a heavier weight, your transportation (bus, train, or airplane) will emit more greenhouse gas – which we are trying to avoid. However, there are some nitty-gritties you will need to bring, here’s a simple checklist:

  • Bring eco-friendly toiletries with minimum packaging
  • Wear reef-safe Sunscreen to protect yourself and the ocean/lake creatures
  • Utilize reusable water bottles and utensils to reduce your plastic trails
  • Carry a backpack or shopping bag, just in case you need extra room
  • more details on how to travel light? Click here

What to do other than sightseeing?

There are so many things you can do other than sightseeing while traveling. Spend a day exploring local communities and treat yourself with a delicious meal, learn about the local history and culture. Or you can go shopping from local merchants, where there is lower transaction cost (economical and environmental). If you have the time and energy, you should always look for local green initiatives and non-profit organizations, and see if there is anything you could help them out with! Other than just having fun during the trip, you will be making an effort to make the world a better place. After all, the earth treats us so generously with so many wonders, it is our turn to give back.

Kick Back on a Cool Trip Before Returning to Campus

 

Kick Back on a Cool Trip Before Returning to Campus
Back to School

Are you excited to return to campus? but before doing so, kick back on a cool trip!

Unless you spent the past few months at a research station in Antarctica, you will have probably noticed that we’re in the dog days of summer when the weather is at its muggiest, and the next school year is looming overhead like a dark shadow. Yikes! Pretty soon, all you college students out there will be saying bye to Mom, Dad, and your friends from back home, and either returning to your buddies on campus or heading there for the first time. It’s such a fun, yet challenging experience. At GotoBus, we think we’ve got a great idea: why don’t you grab a few of your friends together to set out on an affordable trip to one of the country’s best cities? There are so many hip activities happening all over, from music festivals to interactive exhibits at museums and more. We’ll be happy to help you kick back on a cool trip before returning to campus with a few last-minute event suggestions occurring across the U.S.A.

San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts is an absolutely beautiful monument, originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. These days, it hosts art exhibits and other events, but any groups going to San Francisco should check out some of the games the facility hosts, such as scavenger hunts, which are fun for families, and friends. For a more intensive game that will test how well you and your friends can work together as a team, reserve tickets for the Great Houdini Escape Room. This puzzle challenge was originally designed by Harry Houdini himself, the most famous illusionist of all time, for the 1915 Exhibition, and is now celebrating its 100th year. Your group will have 80 minutes to solve a series of puzzles in an effort to get out. Keep in mind that only about 25 percent of teams are successful, so be sure to call your smartest friends!

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GotoBus Unveils New Beijing Vacation Packages for Summer

CAMBRIDGE, MA – GotoBus.com is proud to unveil new tour options and significant vacation package discounts to beautiful Beijing, China. With tour packages like the 8 Day Splendid China starting from $999, discovering Beijing and other popular Chinese cities including Shanghai and Suzhou are just a few clicks away for adventurous travelers.

History, culture, mystery, and fun are in high supply in China. The rapid growth and modern development in Beijing particularly is an amazing juxtaposition to its breathtaking natural landscapes and historical architecture. Immaculate gardens dispersed throughout the city display the exquisite precision of the Chinese gardening arts and offer tranquil spaces perfect for relaxation and unique photo opportunities.

With the booming growth of tourism throughout China, many popular attractions are available at a fraction of the previous cost. Guided Beijing tours of famous locales such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, and the Grand Canal are included in many of these vacation packages. Modern comforts abound as post-Olympic Beijing prides itself as being one of the world’s greatest travel destinations. Renowned hotels, restaurants, parks, museums, and landmarks are just some of the excitement waiting to be explored in Beijing alone.

All information provided regarding tours was accurate at the time of publishing. Complete itineraries, ticketing information, and more travel deals can be found online at GotoBus.com.

About GotoBus.com

GotoBus is the leading online marketplace for bus tickets, tours, and sightseeing activities. The GotoBus online booking system, similar to those used by major airlines, makes it easy for travelers to quickly compare schedules, prices, and pickup/drop-off locations for over 300 bus and tour companies. GotoBus.com is also the fastest growing gateway for bus travel on the Internet. In February 2007, The Washington Post featured GotoBus.com as one of the best travel websites and named it ‘Best of the Web’ in the ‘Motorcoaches’ category. The company was most recently featured in 2009 by the New York Times.

Incredible Value in Brazil!

New one-day sightseeing tours explore the best of Brazil. Explore some of the beaches that make up the 4,655 miles of Brazilian coastline. Or navigate your way through some of the booming metropolitan areas in Brazil. Sunscreen is a must for the sunny days and dancing shoes are required for the world renown nightlife.

Joao Pesso, tours starting from $14

Maceio, tours starting from $21

Natal, tours starting from $24

Paraty,  tours starting from $34

Recife, tours starting from $20

Rio de Janeiro, tours starting from $45

Best China Tour Deal – EVER!

The folks here at GotoBus want to let you know about our best China deal ever released. We are offering a China Sampler 7-Day Tour for only $199. Yes, you read that correctly…only $199! The best part about this tour package is that you will be staying at the best of the best hotels in China (4/5 stars). In addition to luxurious hotel stays, you will receive meals, complimentary round trip airport transfers, all in-land domestic transportation, an English-speaking tour guide service, all admission tickets, and one bottle of spring water per day. This tour will give you an overview of some of the most popular cities in China including Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. The China Sampler 7 Day Tour has departures on 7/4, 9/5, 10/17, and 11/28.

If you have ever dreamed about visiting China now is your chance. Book your tickets right away because at this price these tickets won’t last long!

More China Vacations Just Released!

GotoBus.com is thrilled to tell you about our newest China Vacations starting from $999. These tours cover all the most popular attractions in China including Tian’anmen Square, The Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, Grand Canal, Lingering Garden, Forbidden City, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terra-Cotta Warriors, West Lake, Panmen Gate, Zhujiajiao, Nanjing Road and much more!

So what exactly makes these tour packages such a great value? One word: INCLUSIONS! Here is what you can expect when traveling with us on one of these tours:

  • Domestic flights and transportation between cities in China
  • Special meal inclusions like Peking Duck dinner and Shanghai Mongolian Barbecue buffet lunch.
  • American style breakfasts
  • Special evening shows
  • Professional English speaking local guide service for all transfers and sightseeing
  • Comprehensive tours including entrance fees

Now is the perfect time to schedule your China  tour because you can also experience the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. This event will be held from May 1 to Oct 31, 2010. By dedicating exhibitions, events, and forums on the Expo theme, “Better City, Better Life,” Shanghai hopes to build a powerful and lasting pilot example of sustainable and harmonious urban living.

Need help planning your China getaway? Contact GotoBus for more details.

2010 Shanghai World Expo 1-Day Tour

You can now purchase one day tours to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China on GotoBus.com! These tours include complimentary hotel transfer service, standard or peak single day admission fee to the World Expo Park, and English/Chinese narration on the bus.

The World Expo 2010 in Shanghai China will be held from May 1 to Oct 31, 2010. It is an occasion for China to bring the world home, and for the world to feel at home in China. By dedicating a 5.28-square-kilometer area at the core of the city to exhibitions, events and forums on the Expo theme, “Better City, Better Life,” Shanghai hopes to build a powerful and lasting pilot example of sustainable and harmonious urban living.

Expo 2010 Shanghai China will center on innovation and interaction. Innovation is the soul, while cultural interaction is an important mission of the World Expositions. In the new era, Expo 2010 Shanghai China will contribute to human-centered development, scientific and technological innovation, cultural diversity and win-win cooperation for a better future, thus composing a melody with the key notes of highlighting innovation and interaction in the new century.

Thailand & Japan Tours Now Available

GotoBus has just released 5-6 Day Thailand Vacations ($229+). Explore Bangkok, Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha, Alcarza Cabaret Show, Pattaya, Coral Island, Alangkarn Grand Theatre Cultural Show, Elephant Riding, World Gems Museum, 4 Faced Buddha, Thai Sukiyak and more!

Want to get away to Japan? We’ve got that too! 6-7 Day Japan Vacations ($1080+) are available online now. Visit Kyoto, Asakusa, Fuji Mt., Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, Odaiba, Ginza, Shinjuku Kabukicho District, Hakone National Park, Lake Ashi, Hakone Ropeway, Owakudani, Izu Peninsula, and Dogashima. Book your winter holiday before these new tours sell out.

Visit Latin America!

Latin America offers travelers a land rich in history, culture, and art. It consists of countries with ancient roots, beautiful rain forests, incredible beaches, friendly locals, and exquisite foods. It is no wonder that every visitor falls in love with this land that spans from Mexico in North America, all the way to the southern tips of Chile and Argentina, two of the closest countries to the Antarctic.

Take advantage of the warm climes by booking a Latin America vacation package. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a winter getaway during Latin America’s summer months!

Israel Tours – Just Released

GotoBus is happy to announce that we have just released 11 new tours in Israel departing from Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. Whether you want to visit the famous spas at the Dead Sea or visit Christian and Jewish holy sites, we’ve got the perfect tour for you!

Want to vacation in Israel? If so the 7-Day All Over Israel Tour would be a great option. This tour features Mount Scopus, Old City Gates, The Roman Cardo, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Armenian Quarter, Jewish Quarter, The Wailing Wall, “Yad Vashem”, “Ahava” center, Massada, Ein Gedi Spa, Nazareth, Church of the Annunciation, Tabgha, Church of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish, Capernaum, See of Galilee, Safed, Banias, Golan Heights, Mitzpe Shalom, Katzrin, view of Kuneitra, “Yardenit” Baptismal Complex, Beit Shean archeological site…