Sustainable Travel Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Sustainable travel is good for the earth, good for local economies, and an all-around good time. So how green are your credentials? Take our quiz on sustainable travel and other related HowStuffWorks topics to find out.

True or false: "Ecotourism" and "sustainable travel" are terms that mean exactly the same thing.

The main difference between ecotourism and sustainable travel is the destination. With ecotourism, it's a natural area, but with sustainable travel, it can be anywhere.

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How much money does tourism contribute to the global GDP annually?

The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that tourism's direct and indirect contributions to global GDP total $5.7 trillion annually.

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How many miles do Americans drive each year?

Americans drive 3 trillion miles annually, and they also log 6.5 billion miles annually on domestic flights.

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People who are eco-conscious at home rarely change their habits when they travel.

Unfortunately, this one's false. In a recent survey, 95 percent of travelers admitted to being less green while on vacation.

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What do you call travel during which vacationers participate in charitable work?

The answer is "voluntourism." Organizations like Hands Up Holidays and programs like Ritz-Carlton's Give Back Getaways can provide volunteer opportunities for your vacation.

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Which of the following is not usually negatively affected by tourism?

The economic benefits of tourism include income for businesses, sales tax revenues for cities and job creation.

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Unlike Yellowstone National Park, the Great Wall of China, and Angkor Wat, Mount Everest's extreme height has protected it from environmental degradation.

Unfortunately, this one's false. In 2010, climbers organized a trip to the "death-zone"-- a region on Mount Everest above 26,250 feet (8,000 meters) -- to remove 4,410 pounds (2,000 kilograms) of trash.

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In what way does tourism typically affect the cultural identity of a community?

Aspen, Colo., is a great example of how tourism can negatively affect a community's identity. The once-sleepy mining town is now a high-end ski resort community in which most locals can no longer afford to live.

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Which is not a benefit of agritourism?

The trend towards large, industrialized farms has placed a burden on small farmers and increased the distance between production and consumption. Agritourism addresses both of these issues in a fun and memorable way.

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A roadside produce stand represents what form of agritourism?

Wine tastings are a good example of education and experience agritourism, while recreation and event agritourism involves activities like festivals, corn mazes and hay rides.

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If agritourism and traditional agriculture provide relatively equal profits to the farmer, it is considered a what?

If agritourism simply supports the farm's primary role as a farm, it is a supplementary enterprise. If agritourism is the main source of income, it is a primary enterprise.

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True or false: Businessmen can participate in sustainable travel.

Yes, they can. An increasing number of green hotels are popping up in large cities. For example, the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., earned Sustainable Travel International's luxury hotel eco-certification in 2009.

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What can you purchase to offset the carbon emissions incurred during your trip with investment in green energy projects?

The answer is carbon offsets. Offsetting a round-trip, 2,200-mile (3,500 kilometer) flight can cost as little as $5.99.

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Which is not a certification for green lodging sites?

Red tree isn't a certification. On average, Green Key sites use 20 percent less electricity, 25 percent less energy for heating, and 27 percent less water per guest than non-certified accommodations.

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True or false: Green hotels are never more profitable than traditional hotels.

Green hotels often have lower operating costs, and many times they're able to pass these savings on to customers.

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What is it called when companies make their products sound greener than they really are?

A common greenwashing tactic in hotels is to ask patrons to reuse their towels and linens instead of washing them daily.

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Greenwashing is a widespread problem affecting many products and services.

A 2007 study by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing found that all but seven of 1,018 products used misleading or false labeling to promote their products as eco-friendly.

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Carbon offsets for a 6,500-mile (10,460-kilometer) cross-country flight in the United States cost about how much?

For about $17, you can purchase carbon offsets with your airline tickets from travel Web sites like Expedia and Travelocity.

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Which form of transportation is the least eco-friendly?

Airplane emissions are especially harmful because they are released at a high altitude.

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True or false: Americans remain largely unreceptive to the goals of sustainable travel.

A 2002 survey by the Travel Industry Association of America found that 71 percent of respondents felt that their visit to a destination should not harm its environment.

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