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.
How much money does tourism contribute to the global GDP annually?
- $5.7 million
- $5.7 billion
- $5.7 trillion
How many miles do Americans drive each year?
- 500 billion miles
- 3 trillion miles
- 15 trillion miles
People who are eco-conscious at home rarely change their habits when they travel.
What do you call travel during which vacationers participate in charitable work?
Which of the following is not usually negatively affected by tourism?
- The environment
- The local culture
- The local economy
Unlike Yellowstone National Park, the Great Wall of China, and Angkor Wat, Mount Everest's extreme height has protected it from environmental degradation.
In what way does tourism typically affect the cultural identity of a community?
- It alters the original character of a community.
- It reinforces and invigorates the existing culture .
- It brings new development, increasing competition and lowering the cost of living for local residents.
Which is not a benefit of agritourism?
- It provides a way for small farmers to generate additional income.
- Scientific studies have shown that it improves crop health and increases yield.
- It allows people to reconnect with the agricultural practices of the past.
A roadside produce stand represents what form of agritourism?
- Direct-market agritourism
- Education and experience agritourism
- Recreation and event agritourism
If agritourism and traditional agriculture provide relatively equal profits to the farmer, it is considered a what?
- Supplementary enterprise
- Complementary enterprise
- Primary enterprise
True or false: Businessmen can participate in sustainable travel.
What can you purchase to offset the carbon emissions incurred during your trip with investment in green energy projects?
- Emissions vouchers
- Greenhouse credits
- Carbon offsets
Which is not a certification for green lodging sites?
- Green Key
- Blue Flag
- Red Tree
True or false: Green hotels are never more profitable than traditional hotels.
What is it called when companies make their products sound greener than they really are?
Greenwashing is a widespread problem affecting many products and services.
Carbon offsets for a 6,500-mile (10,460-kilometer) cross-country flight in the United States cost about how much?
Which form of transportation is the least eco-friendly?
True or false: Americans remain largely unreceptive to the goals of sustainable travel.