More and more of us are considering the environmental impact that our getaways have on the planet. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you to plan a more sustainable holiday.
Winter is upon us and many of us are planning to settle down and go into hibernation mode. We’ll likely spend the months ahead in blankets on the sofa, watching festive films and spending time with our nearest and dearest. However, with the new year not long after that, more of us are finding ourselves getting excited about our holidays next year. It’s never too soon to start planning and the more advance notice you give yourself, the more options that will be open to you and the more chance you’ll have of ticking all your boxes for a low price. Now, there are countless elements that go into planning a holiday, but nowadays, more of us are considering the environmental impact that our getaways have on the planet. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you to plan a more sustainable holiday.
Local Breaks and Staycations
You don’t have to jet off, thousands of miles over the sea, to have a good break. Right now, more and more of us are considering staycations and breaks closer to home. There are many reasons for this. Not only are staycations better for the planet (planes emit huge amounts of emissions), but they can be lower cost too, which is ideal when many of us are pulling the purse strings tight in order to get through the cost of living crisis. When you holiday closer to home, you can really reduce your carbon footprint.
Perhaps one of the most sustainable holidays you can think of will be camping. When you camp, you immerse yourself in the outdoors. Again, it is a lower cost than many alternative breaks too. Most people will camp in their home country, meaning that it is less carbon-intensive than the average hotel stay. The energy that is most often used to run campsites is also a lot less than in a traditional hotel since the indoor heated and cooled areas are small relative to the number of guests. Just make sure that you leave any area as you found it, avoiding leaving rubbish or plastic lying around.
Caravans are another eco-friendly stay. They offer a warmer and more home-like alternative to camping, which is much more outdoorsy, but they still consume less energy than a hotel stay too. Some caravans can be driven, which means you can venture around in your means of accommodation, while some are static and tend to offer more comforts, such as showers and ovens. Consider beautiful locations like caravan holidays in Cornwall.
You can now find many tiny homes for rent. These spaces are small and cosy, so don’t use much energy to heat, light and maintain. They tend to have all the amenities you need to be comfortable but are just packed into a smaller space. This is fine for most holidays, especially ones where you spend a lot of time out and about exploring the sites anyway.
Hopefully, some of the information above should help you to plan a more eco-friendly and sustainable break!
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