As our desire to travel and explore the world grows evermore popular, so do the challenges to our environment.
Here are some useful tips on how to plan and enjoy a greener holiday.
Do your homework beforehand
Deciding where to go can sometimes be overwhelming, but doing a little research can be beneficial for a smaller footprint. Looking online is a good place to start. Identify your interests and search the web for destinations that accommodate these. For example, if you enjoy hiking, you could search “Top 10 best countries for hiking”. Websites such as Lonely Planet and travel blogs are a great source for information.
Consider countries that are known for their strong environmental commitment such as Switzerland, rated the most sustainable country in the world according to the EPI (Environmental Performance Index) for 2018.
There are also resources like Green Destinations - a non-profit foundation for sustainable tourism, that will help to inspire you. It is also worth thinking about exploring somewhere closer to home. This will not only cut down on your carbon footprint, but will also reduce your travel time allowing for more holiday!
Bastei Bridge, Switzerland
Think consciously about how to get around. Opting for public transport such as busses and trains over driving, and swapping out flying for overground transit where possible, is less harmful to the environment. Walking and cycling are the best ways to avoid CO2 emissions completely!
Choosing to stay in accommodation with green credentials will have a significant positive impact on the environment and local communities. Eco-friendly properties and home-stays are a fantastic way to do this whilst offering you peace of mind. A great website to use is Hostelling International (HI) who work with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Camping is also a desirable option for a lower environmental impact and it’s great for getting close to nature.
Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid | Lonely Planet
The fun stuff
There’s no better feeling than enjoying yourself whilst knowing that you’re doing good and giving back in some way. Tour operators such as G Adventures and B corp travel company, Intrepid Travel offer excellent tours that provide travellers with unique experiences that also enrich local communities. If you’re looking to do something a little more unconventional on your holiday, there's WWOOF - an opportunity to volunteer hands on help working on organic farms and gaining skills in sustainable ways of living all around the world. Not only is it kind to the environment, but it’s also a great way to immerse yourself in local culture and experience something different! Other planet friendly activities you could do are embark on hiking trails in National Parks, rent a bicycle and explore a city on two wheels and eat local and seasonal food.
Be an eco-warrior! Take your sustainable holiday to the next level by packing light, travelling slow, and taking your reusables - check out Know The Origin's Conscious Living Range to grab your sustainable must-haves.
Let’s celebrate the future of discovering our beautiful planet whilst protecting it.