Conservation is the New Green: A blog about conservation and how it is an essential part of being green.
Conservation is a big part of being green. In fact, one could argue that conservation is the most important aspect of being green. Conservation means using less. Using less of our natural resources means we can sustain the planet longer.
Using less fossil fuels means we have more to use in the future and also that we are releasing fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Our total carbon footprint from released greenhouse gases is one of the main causes of global warming. In fact, if you want to fight global warming, conservation is the best way to do it!
If you conserve energy, then you are going to need less energy to do things like heat your home or drive your car. If you use less fossil fuels for energy generation then you will release fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which causes global warming and climate change.
There are some great “green” reasons for taking a one way flight. This doesn’t mean you can fly one way to Hawaii and then drive your car back to the mainland. But in the age of carbon offsets, it is important to consider how you can reduce your carbon emissions while still traveling.
One way flights are often cheaper than round trip tickets. You can save money by buying a one way ticket and then taking another airline home. If you book 2 weeks in advance, you can save up to 40% on a one way ticket.
You may want to take a long road trip to visit family or friends. That’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint; however, if you don’t have the time for the drive, you can purchase a one-way ticket and rent a car at your destination. This is often cheaper than renting a car from the airport and driving home (especially during peak travel season).
Taking one-way flights will help you avoid additional baggage fees when flying international airlines such as Ryanair, or Easyjet. These airlines only allow passengers to bring 1 carry-on bag with them onto the plane – no checked baggage is allowed unless you pay an additional fee per bag per flight segment. Since these airlines only operate point
Since the beginning of time, people have been migrating to find their life’s passion. From across seas, across countries, and even across states, people are always on the search for something better.
I recently flew from Dallas, TX to New York City for a one-week stay. The flight was packed with people flying to the Big Apple for business or pleasure. Some were easy to spot as they had their briefcases placed neatly on their laps or their New York newspapers tucked under their arms. Others were not so obvious as they hid their purpose under a pair of flip-flops and a t-shirt.
But it was one young lady who caught my attention. She was dressed in a simple white blouse tucked into a pair of dark jeans, she wore no makeup and carried nothing more than a small bag in her hand. Her hair hung loosely around her shoulders and her eyes looked towards the window blankly as if she didn’t have a care in the world.
I wondered what her story was and what brought her to NYC. Being an avid blogger myself I thought about all the great stories that could come out of this flight alone; stories of success, failure, triumph and defeat by people just like this woman next to me who only wanted something more than
Did you know that a roundtrip flight from New York to San Francisco is about the same as driving for an entire year? This is because of how fuel efficient cars are and how inefficient planes are.
There’s a lot of other reasons to take one-way flights as well.
One is that it’s more fun! It breaks up the monotony of travelling and can give you more freedom. When you have a roundtrip ticket, you’re committed to returning on a certain date. But if you buy two one-way tickets, your return date can be more flexible; it’s just an open-ended reservation. If you find that you like your destination more than expected, you can easily spend more time there! Or, if you want to extend the trip but don’t want to book an extra flight out of fear of losing money on your return flight, this guarantees that you won’t lose any money.
Another reason is that it’s much cheaper! Airlines sometimes sell one-way tickets for less than half the price of a roundtrip ticket. This isn’t always the case, but it’s worth checking out to see if there are deals in your area. Even if they’re not offering discounts on tickets, they usually have different prices depending on what
It’s a familiar story. You want to take a trip, but you don’t want to spend all your money on airfare. How do you find cheap flights?
Here is a secret. The cheapest airfares are generally one-way tickets. This is not obvious, but it is true. For example, I went to the website Orbitz and looked up the price of a round-trip ticket from San Francisco to Boston in September, leaving on the first and returning on the fifteenth. The cheapest price was $464 on Jet Blue Airways. If I buy two one-way tickets, on American Airlines for $130 each way, the total cost is $260 — more than $200 less than the round-trip fare!
While there are no direct flights to most of the islands, it is easy enough to fly one way into LAX or HNL and then catch a connecting flight. There are however several airlines that do have direct flights. But as you might expect, they are not cheap.
A flight on Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Bora Bora (PPT) will cost $1,615 per person, while a similar flight on Air Tahiti Nui will cost $2,085 per person. The difference in price is due to the fact that Hawaiian Airlines has a hub in Honolulu and is thus able to get more passengers for each flight.
The same goes for Qantas Airlines with direct flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD). A one-way economy class seat on Qantas will set you back $1,038 per person; whereas a one-way business class seat will cost $4,826 per person.
By comparison a round trip ticket between Los Angeles and Sydney using the same airlines costs only $1,055 for economy class and $4,842 for business class. And if you book a round trip ticket well in advance you can find deals that make it much cheaper than flying one way.
The best deals are usually one-way tickets to a country you want to visit when flights are cheap (e.g. India). If you can’t find a one-way ticket for your destination, book two one-ways (either in the same booking or separate).
Let’s say you book a round trip from Los Angeles to Delhi for $800 and then decide to extend your stay a week. With most airlines, this would cost you $100+ in change fees per flight plus the difference in fare (which is rarely less than $200 on international flights). This adds up quickly.
Not all airlines charge change fees though so it’s worth looking into the airline’s policy regarding changes and cancellations before buying your ticket.
I’ve booked dozens of tickets this way and have only had problems once – when I flew back to the US via Europe on a different airline than my original flight. I simply bought another one way ticket from Europe to Los Angeles as if I was flying directly back to the US from Europe.