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The Best Eco-Friendly Holiday Destinations in 2021

The Best Eco-Friendly Holiday Destinations in 2021

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

One thing the year 2020 showed us was that when we’re prevented from traveling, it’s better for the environment. In a normal year, air travel accounts for more than two per cent of all CO2 emissions, while road traffic is a whopping 74 percent.

So does this mean we should wave goodbye to our dreams of visiting far-flung corners of the earth? Not if we’re careful, and there are many ways to keep our trips sustainable as well as fantastic!

Travel

Many are avoiding flying these days due to the ecological cost. Holidaying in the UK is the easiest way to enjoy a trip without taking to the skies, and if you take public transport instead of your car, that’s greener still. But if you want to head further afield you could consider getting a train to the Eurostar and going interrailing around Europe as an environmentally-friendly alternative.

Sometimes air travel is the only feasible option, in which case some airlines will offset your flight, putting money into eco-projects, such as tree planting.

Breaking habits

In terms of your destination, why not choose to go somewhere away from the crowds? This way, you won’t contribute to over-tourism in the likes of Venice and Florence. You might find you uncover somewhere quite wonderful in the process.

Rather than staying in a hotel, you could try camping, or glamping. This would save the pennies, but is also a more eco-friendly option, using fewer resources, particularly if you pick an off-grid campsite.

Keep transport while you’re there to a minimum, possibly hiring bikes rather than a car, and try to ensure everything you buy is from the region. This is the ‘live like a local’ concept, where the restaurants in which you eat, the groceries you buy, and the souvenirs you purchase are all supporting people from the area. Helping with a beach clean is another way to give something back – and is great for endearing yourself to the locals.

Eco-friendly destinations

More and more places are responding to the global desire to go green. Armiro Boutique Houses in Greece, for instance, has rainwater harvesting systems, and restaurants that serve locally sourced food. Tiamo Resorts in the Bahamas, meanwhile, powers the resort with solar panels; The Westin in Valencia, Spain, has been awarded a Green Michelin Star; and Hotel Valsana in Switzerland uses an energy-recovery ‘ice battery’ for heating the alpine resort.

Photo courtesy of To Armiro

Going away does not mean the end of going green. Having an eco-friendly holiday can improve your experience in so many ways – not just offering the chance to find somewhere new, but increasing your interaction with locals, sampling interesting new cuisines and generally feeling better about yourself and your impact on the world. You might also inspire others to do likewise.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

6 Comments

  1. Sona Rajput
    March 30, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing this article on eco-friendly destinations. This is really very inspiring and motivating after the tough year of 2020. Your positivity is contagious. God willing will make a plan soon. Thanks for all your knowledge.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 6, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment – happy travels!

  2. Maria Perrett
    April 13, 2021 at 7:55 pm
    Reply

    Hi Carmen, I love that you touch on the idea that going places that are more remote/away from crowds can help with over-tourism. So many think that if they offset their flight then it doesn’t matter, but visiting local areas and learning how they live is so important! Loved these tips, thanks for sharing!!
    Maria Perrett recently posted…How To Be A Responsible Tourist In 11 Tips (Even If You Can’t Travel)My Profile

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 14, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Maria!

  3. Robin Williams
    May 22, 2021 at 4:23 am
    Reply

    Thank You For sharing this amazing blog post about The Best Eco-Friendly Holiday Destinations. I Love to travel at cheap expenses this is the best blog for me.

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 24, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks for reading!

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