Ethical and Eco-Friendly Holidays – Our Guide

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National treasure Sir David Attenborough once said, “There is no question climate change is happening. The only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.” There’s no doubt we’re becoming more aware of what damage we’re doing to our planet, what with plastic in our oceans and ‘that hole’ in the ozone layer. We’re beginning to take small steps in order to protect our wonderful spherical home. Afterall, we don’t want our grandkids and future generations to miss out on the beauty our world has to offer, right? Read our guide below to take ethical and eco-friendly holidays. Plastic bottle on deserted beach, ethical and eco-friendly holidays We all know travelling isn’t exactly environmentally-friendly, but on the other hand, everyone deserves a holiday once in a while. So with so much to explore, is there such a thing as an ethical holiday? Well yes my friend, there is! In fact, eco-friendly holidays are set to rise by a whopping 70% in 2019, so what are you waiting for? Take a look at our guide to ‘saving the planet’ one holiday at a time.

Getting around and travelling green

Staying at home is one sure-fire way to reduce your carbon footprint, but where’s the fun in that? A far better idea is to consider how we travel to lessen our impact on the environment. According to the National Geographic Green Guide, you’ll roughly double your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions if you fly, compared to taking the train. We have brilliant transport links from the UK, and Amsterdam, Bruges and Bordeaux are just a few of the gems that can be reached by rail in under six hours from London.

The Hilton Amsterdam offers city views and 5-star rooms, with many of Amsterdam’s popular attractions just a short stroll away. Guests can enjoy the sun on the terrace or have a drink at the bar. You can also relax in the sauna or beauty centre. While you’re in Amsterdam, join the locals and hire a bike rather than taking a taxi. Did you know that Amsterdam has been ranked the most bicycle-friendly city in the world? In the Netherlands, over 30% of all journeys are made by bicycle and virtually all Dutch children cycle to school. Even if you only pedal around for a few hours, riding a bike is an essential Amsterdam experience, and a great way to discover the city.

Top 5 eco-friendly nations

According to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, the top 5 eco-friendly countries are:

1 – Switzerland

With a backdrop of tranquil lakes, quaint mountain villages and the majestic Alps, it’s not surprising Switzerland tops the list. Along with medieval towns and ski resorts, it’s a favourite for both summer and winter holidaymakers. It’s also previously been named the “world’s happiest country”.

A village with a mountain view in Switzerland, ethical and eco-friendly holidays

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Established in 1887, the 5-star Hotel Splendide Royal is Lugano’s most fashionable hotel. It offers VIP rooms and a golf course. It also has babysitting services, a well-equipped gym, a currency exchange and a reception that’s available around the clock. Plus, it’s just a few minutes walk along the lake to the city centre.

2 – France

If France is more your cup of tea, Hotel Burdigala Bordeaux provides cosy 4-star accommodation in Bordeaux. It’s conveniently positioned for sightseeing, and as it’s nestled in Bordeaux Wine Regions, it’s a perfect place to try the area’s specialties.

3 – Denmark

Denmark is deservedly on the list, belching out less CO2 per capita – 0.06 tonnes, compared with 6.31 in the UK and 35.73 in Qatar! Imperial Hotel Copenhagen offers easy access to Copenhagen’s best hot spots. It’s only minutes away from Tivoli Gardens, and is close to Copenhagen Central Station, making it easy to get around. The area is also great for shopping.

4 – Malta

Seeking sun? Why not give Malta a try? Grand Hotel Excelsior Valletta is a 15-minute drive to Malta International Airport. It has an outdoor pool, a private beach and a sauna. It also features expansive sea views and 5-star rooms.

5 – Sweden

And last but not least, ubercool Sweden is a must-visit! The stylish Sheraton Stockholm Hotel is just 350 yards from Stockholm Central Station and 5 minutes’ walk from the Old Town. The hotel is ideally located for exploring Stockholm with the Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm Palace within walking distance.

Environmentally friendly stays

Sustainable materials, local produce, reducing environmental impact. With eco-friendly hotels, taking care of the environment has never been so luxurious!

The boutique Spity Hotel in France, has a private beach and rooftop pool and has a Green Globe certification for using recycled paper, organic paint, eco-friendly cleaning products and organic food. 5-star Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda in Italy, is integrated into the village’s hills to reduce heat dispersion. The interior design uses local materials, while the exterior design respects the surrounding landscape. Rainwater is collected, and the hotel has a sustainable approach to Waste Management. Fancy going a little further afield? Bali is a great option for those seeking an eco-friendly resort. Soori Bali, is far from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Set between rice fields and coastline, the resort is completely water efficient with rainwater optimised to meet all of its water needs. Over half of all ingredients and goods are sourced locally, and local materials were used in building the resort. It incorporates a combination of volcanic rock and plants to cool the villas. Who said luxury can’t be eco-friendly? Take care of the environment without sacrificing your ethics, while taking in truly beautiful surroundings.  Also have a look at: Rail Europe


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