On the Green Path: My Experience with Eco-Friendly Airport Transfers

Dulles airport

Getting to the airport can be a complicated affair, depending on where you live and the quality of the public transportation system. Even if you have the best public transportation system in the world, getting on a train or bus with multiple pieces of luggage and carry on bags can be an arduous experience. Personally, I usually just to drive to the airport and pay for parking which, on short trips, isn’t usually a problem, but when on a longer trip parking becomes a bad option financially and instead it actually saves money to hire a car.

The great thing about hiring an airport transfer company is the convenience, in addition to saving money. But as someone who likes to travel a lot, concerns about environmental efficiency and being a responsible traveler are important which is why I’m glad I found Green Path Transfers.

Before our last trip Green Path reached out to me and asked if I would take their service for a test drive, so to speak. I agreed with the understanding that I’m always incredibly honest, to a fault most would say. But in this case I’m happy for that honesty as I can report that using Green Path Transfers was a complete success.

Green path transfers

Green Path is like other transfer companies in that they offer transportation to airports and within cities, but that’s where the similarities end. First, they’re a truly global company with their goals set on providing service to under-served and off-the-beaten path locations, in addition to the most popular cities around the world. More importantly though, their goal in every destination is to only use low carbon emission vehicles to minimize their carbon footprint. Where they can’t reduce the footprint to zero, they offset 100% of the emissions generated and work behind the scenes to continue to reduce the carbon footprint.

From the purely logistical side, I can report no faults. The driver showed up well before the arranged time in a beautiful Toyota Highlander Hybrid and helped us with our probably too large pieces of luggage. The ride to the airport was comfortable and quick and the ease of transport was realized again on the way home. But those are just the basics of the experience, more important is the effect of using Green Path Transfers.

We all know the potential issues with using traditional cars, even though petrol and diesel engines have different effects on the environment. Diesel engines generally produce less CO2 but emit more air pollutants than petrol engines. That’s why hybrids in general are great alternatives, but the Highlander I used in particular has several advantages. Its gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain turns in mileage estimates that are roughly 50 percent better than comparable non-hybrid crossovers and 25 percent better than the other large hybrids on the market. It really was the perfect vehicle for our eco-conscious trip to the airport.

I may not be saving the world by being conscious of the environmental consequences of using a responsible car company, but it’s a step. It’s a piece of the larger travel puzzle and if I take care in ensuring all aspects are done as responsible as possible, then I will have made a difference.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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