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12 tips for ecotravelers

CHRISTOPHER MOCK
Hiking an old growth forest on the Salmon River Trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest, Ore.Rick Bowmer / AP
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You've decided to camp in the Costa Rican jungle alongside howler monkeys, sloths, parrots and snakes. That makes you an ecotraveler, right? Actually, you can be an environmentally conscientious traveler anywhere you go, from New York City to Nepal's highest summits.

Just ask Glen W. Hanket, author of Underwear by the Roadside: LitterWalk Coast-to-Coast. In 1993, Glen and Sue Hanket left behind jobs, friends and family to stroll across the United States and clean it up a bit. He spent his honeymoon walking from Maine to Oregon bagging more than four tons of garbage.

Traveling with an eye to the environment, however, need not require a Herculean effort. Here are 12 ways for travelers to help the planet.

Robin Dalmas is a freelance writer and former MSNBC.com travel editor and producer.