10 step guide

 

Here’s our 10 step guide to eco-friendly holidays. Click on the links for practical and realistic tips about how to put the ideas that suit you into action. It needn’t even cost the earth!

1. Don’t fly so much
OK, we admit this won’t win first prize for popularity. Especially since air travel is soaring. Yet aviation is the fastest growing cause of global warming. So don’t fly so much. Instead, try using other, less harmful means of transport instead and check out our no fly zone.

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2. Fly smart
If you do fly here are five easy ways to reduce the impact of your flights. Plus some more tips which aren’t quite as easy because they need you to do a bit of research. But never fear, we have the links to help.

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3. Offset your carbon footprint
It’s payback time. Here are some calculators that work out your own CO2 emissions - whether you travel by air, sea or land - and suggest how much money to give to environmental projects to neutralize the “climate cost”. But watch out! Carbon offsetting is a minefield. Check out the questions to ask and make sure your money is well spent. Also there are links to eight carbon offset organisations that have been independently rated.

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4. Take more holidays in the UK
Take a break right on your doorstep. It seems more of us are doing just that. Here are ten ideas to help inspire your search in the UK.

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5. Visit green places
See the wonders of the world and enjoy the best resorts and wildlife sites. Kick start your holiday here with our latest ideas and inspirations for green dream destinations.

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6. Use eco-friendly tour operators
Plan your travel with organisations that set out to help local people and the environment.
Here’s your starting point.

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7. Sleep green
Rest easy. Discover great hotels, lodges and campsites that go the extra mile to conserve vital resources, protect the environment and plough something back into their own communities. There are some real gems.

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8. Give something back
Try volunteering. Give your time, energy and skills to do something meaningful while you’re away. Whether on an environmental, wildlife, teaching or humanitarian project the experience could be life changing.

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9. Respect!
Be sensitive to local culture and customs. Be fair, travel with goodwill and take personal responsibility for your actions and their impact on the people and places you visit. This article provides tips on what to do before, during and after your eco-friendly holiday.

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10. Beware greenwashing
Increasingly there are travel companies that claim to be more environmentally friendly than they really are so as to cash in on the green pound. That’s “greenwashing”. Be warned – and read on for info on how not to get caught out.

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