Planning travel for destinations within driving distance or within a short flight, is the most effective way to keep emissions low. When work takes me farther afield, I opt for nonstop flights wherever possible.
Offset your carbon usage
Choosing to carbon-offset your transportation doesn’t cancel out the emissions produced, but it certainly helps to make up for it. If you like to have more control over how your carbon-offset dollars are spent, consider using a free online carbon calculator (such as Climate Care) to calculate emissions. (And keep in mind: As luxurious-feeling as it is to travel business class, those seats occupy twice as much space — which roughly doubles the emissions they represent per person over a coach seat.) You could opt to donate the equivalent of your carbon “expense” to a program like Carbon Fund, TerraPass or the World Wide Fund For Nature’s Gold Standard program.