Need a vacation? How about a cruise with your BFF or hot hubby? I’m wildly flapping my hands in the air saying I need to go away and just sip fruity drinks on a beach and get my tan on! Are you with me?

Enter to win an eco-friendly vacation or other great prizes from RecycleBank! Even if you don’t win this doesn’t mean you cannot take a break and make some eco-friendly vacation or staycation plans! From camping to visiting local museums, parks and festivals you can green your next trip with some of these simple tips:

Leave the extra pair of shoes at home:  When packing your bags, consider scaling back and only packing the essentials. That extra pair of shoes will make the plane just a bit heavier, increase fuel consumption, and lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Multiply that pair of shoes by one thousand summer travelers, and we’ve just made a huge impact. Alaska Airlines actually found that they could save $10,000 per year in fuel costs just by removing five magazines per plane. Packing a lighter bag is better for your back, and for the fuel usage.

Give your appliances a vacation: By turning off your hardworking, energy-sucking devices while you are gone, you will be helping your energy bill and the environment. Electronics with digital displays, instant-on features or remote controls consume energy even while not in use, so give them a rest!  Remember to unplug TVs, cable boxes, DVD players, computers, printers, digital clocks, etc. when you leave home.

Fit & Function: Simply Stainless Bottle
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Bring a reusable water bottle: Did you know 86 percent of plastic water bottles in the U.S. are still NOT recycled? This year, instead of buying a case for your road trip, take a stainless steel, aluminum or bio-plastic reusable bottle; you never know when you will have easy access to a recycle bin on the road. Also, there is no need to toss your bottle before going through airport security—just empty it out and refill it inside!

Take the scenic route by train or bus: Sit back, relax and enjoy the view from a train or bus this summer vacation. Train and bus travel leads to fewer emissions per passenger than traveling alone in a car or by plane, and it is often cheaper! Per passenger mile carbon emissions by plane: 0.48 kg. By train: 0.21 kg. By bus: 0.056 kg. Reducing your environmental impact while on vacation: priceless. (Data on carbon emissions sourced from Amtrak and American Bus Association.)

Remember enter to win a vacation or other great prizes from RecycleBank and spread the word for extra chances to WIN! Where you’re next is vacation destination or better yet, if you could go anywhere – where would you go?

Please note: Green Your Vacation (the “Contest”) begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on June 22, 2011 (the “Contest Start Date”) and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST July 31, 2011 (the “Contest End Date”) (such period referred to herein as the “Contest Period”). The Contest is sponsored by Recyclebank (the “Contest Sponsor”).

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