I see that RS in his latest newsletter is rightly promoting energy conscious travel.
So, Rick, maybe it's time for Best of Europe Energy Conscious? (or maybe we generate some ideas that individuals can use)
Limit tours to the shoulder seasons, when energy consumption for heating and cooling is at its lowest.
Don’t do the “Best of Europe” … way too much energy used in travel, restrict the tours to tight regions.
Publish the carbon footprint per traveler.
RS should include carbon offsets in the tour cost so the tour is carbon neutral.
Begin and end in Portugal or London to reduce the carbon footprint of the flight over.
Avoid cities and countries that do not have active energy reduction mandates.
Avoid cities and countries that do not have energy equity mandates.
Avoid countries where the majority of the energy is not derived from other than Carbon sources.
Make 5kg or less of luggage mandatory (RS backpacks made from recycled ocean plastic).
Trains instead of busses, or at least electric busses.
Group walks from the train station to the hotel.
Maybe a portion of the tour on a riverboat.
Maybe a portion of the tour on bikes; a bike ride from Vienna to Budapest could be done in a couple of days with a stop for the night in Gyor.
No more bus tours in the cities, use public transport or group walks.
Ditch the old energy wasting hotels for modern energy efficient hotels or tents.
Only go to museums and other attractions that have low energy consumption (Near Zero) certificates.
Stop and eat only at places with locally sourced ingredients.
No more hotels with breakfast buffets.
Take 25% of every dollar charged and donate it to a program that promotes energy efficiency in the country visited.
Make each member of the group personally plant a tree.
Bathe only in natural hot springs (always room for a little levity).
Re-write your guide books with attention to energy consciousness and social equity.
"Social Equity" that's another whole post?
Problems can often be solved by throwing it all on the table and then picking out the best, most logical, and most practical solutions.