Travel the World without costing the Earth
“Green travel,” said GrAnt in that disbelieving way that only he can, “is that like Martians coming to Earth for their holidays or something.”
“Not quite”, I replied.
My old Ant chum’s idea of a sustainable holiday is being able to down a few Pina Coladas and monopolise the karaoke machine night after night after night on the Costa Bloody Fortune.
Luckily, more and more people are thinking of the environment when they go on holiday. Of course most people try to do their bit to be more green by recycling their household waste, even though it seems like you have to sort your stuff into about half a dozen different bins.
But going on holiday is all about getting away from the drabness of daily life at home. We don’t want to be constantly careful about our impact on the environment, we want to be able to relax, right?
Well you can still chill out while protecting the planet. There are a number of ways to be a bit more eco-friendly on your hols without compromising on comfort.
If you do a bit research and find out what your green options are when going on holiday, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to be a green traveller (no GrAnt, we’re not going to fire up the rocket).
According a survey by the website TripAdvisor, over 70% of travelers said they would be making a more conscious effort to seek eco-friendly travel solutions
Eco-Travel – what can you do?
Well, for a start you can find out about what eco-friendly measures certain hotels take. When checking your travel and hotel reviews and travel insurance prices, see how green your chosen resort is. Do the have things like towel and linen reuse? Do they encourage and participate in recycling initiatives? Are there systems in the hotel eco-friendly, for example do they use low-flow toilets and showerheads which don’t use as much water?
Of course you can also do your own bit too when you get there by making sure you turn lights off when you leave the room, knock off the air conditioning and turn down the thermostat, that is if you’re lucky enough to be staying somewhere warm enough.
It’s easy to be green when you go on holiday, and I’m not just talking about when you get all adventurous and try the local delicacy one night after a few too many.
But sometimes being aware of eco-friendly plans can be half the battle. Less than a fifth of travelers who were surveyed by TripAdvisor admitted that they knew what eco-friendly initiatives were out there for environmentally conscious holidaymakers.
Another problem is putting your trust in a hotel that they are doing what they claim to be doing regarding eco-friendly measures. Many travelers want to see these measures in action before they’ll believe a hotel is serious about their green credentials.
Of course, if you want to go one (or maybe a few more) steps further, you can indulge in a spot of eco-tourism. This involves incorporating a bit of voluntary work with your holiday, essentially given something back to the country whose hospitality you are enjoying.
Okay, it may seem a bit too much like work, but it can be very rewarding and if you are fond of a particular destination, it may be a useful way of preserving it for future visits.
Going green while abroad isn’t something that will happen to you if you drink the water from the tap. Give the planet some consideration when you jet off this year.