Vacations for the Green Traveler
Who’d have thought it? It’s now cool to be green. Not green like the colour green, but green in a metaphorical sense regarding your daily activities when it comes to being environmentally-friendly. If you revealed a concern for saving water and remaining ‘carbon neutral’ twenty years ago, chances are you’ll have been laughed at. But, now, with continued pressure from environmentalists and governments, being green and Earth-friendly has become the norm.
And that brings us to holidays. Everyone loves a good trip away, but if you want to be green then that does pose quite a big stumbling block. After all, taking a plane to Spain is going to leave a huge carbon-footprint, as is driving to Newquay in your petrol or diesel-powered car. So what can you do to be environmentally-friendly but still have a holiday to remember?
First off, you need to be realistic about your green-credentials. Yes, you want to be as responsible as possible, but it’s almost impossible to do have a holiday were you won’t leave at least a small carbon footprint, so bear that in mind. So, without further ado, here are five suggestions for a fun yet earth-friendly vacation.
A Local Vacation
Now, we know this doesn’t sound the most appealing of vacations. After all, the whole point is supposed to be that you get away from the daily grind, right, so who wants to stay in their country of origin? Well, fair enough, it might not be particularly exotic but, wherever you live, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do, especially if you’re willing to go off the beaten track. Buy or hire a nice efficient car (electric would be best!) and go exploring!
Ethiopia Highway Tour
Operating since 2006, Highway Tours in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has been catering to the eco-conscious to a big fan-fare. While Ethiopia may not seem like the most obvious of choices for all holiday, it is one of the most beautiful and intriguing destinations for those who enjoy activities such as bird-watching and viewing historical monuments.
Couple that with the diverse culture and you’ve got yourself one hell of an interesting holiday that won’t put a big dent in your carbon conscience.
Hiking vacations have one particular green benefit: you can take them anywhere! The only limit is your imagination, so grab a pair of sturdy boots and head for the hills. Wherever you are, you can be guaranteed that there are some beautiful spots for a good hike, whether it’s hills, mountains, deserts or forests. Just be sure to clean up after yourself!
The UK’s Lake District
There’s plenty of places to explore and fun to be had in the Lake District. You don’t need to hit Lake Windermere to enjoy everything that this beautiful part of the country has to offer. Places like Grasmere have stunning views, fantastic pubs and, most importantly, lakes to have fun in. Carbon-free fun like kayaking and boating can be found all over the Lakes!
It’s just another option for those searching for a low-cost, low-emission holiday away.
One of the most famous hotels in the world is the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Finland. Made entirely from ice, as its name might suggest, the Ice Hotel is probably the most environmentally-friendly hotel in the world thanks purely to its materials it is made from.
You can’t get any more natural than ice, so if you like your nipples to be tough enough to puncture through a diamond-glazed window then the Ice Hotel is the perfect place to rest your head at night.
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