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Fancy a Holiday – our top 10 guide to ethical breaks...

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

As we move deeper into summer and we all start to take our holidays we thought it would be interesting to look at 10 of the best ethical and green holidays around the world.  There was such a large variety of different holidays that we have tried to choose a great selection to suit every taste and budget.



1. Rail and Ride in Amsterdam



With a new high speed link from Brussels to Amsterdam it now only takes four hours to get to the Dutch capital from London.  Hire a bike once your there and stay in a barge along the river for a truly unique trip.  uk.voyages-sncf.com



2. Yurt Camping in France



If you enjoy camping but appreciate a few luxuries then camping in a yurt may be your ideal solution. With proper beds and furniture, this really is posh camping and you can chose your location to be as isolated or as central as you like. The choice is yours! www.lecamp.co.uk



3. Luxury Hide Away in The Bahamas



If you are looking for something a little more luxurious then this green hotel in the Bahamas should be perfect.  Set next to the third largest barrier reef in the world this is the ideal place to truly relax and get a way from it all. Everything about this hotel is green from the biodegradable soap to the solar power. www.tiamoresorts.com





4. Bio Hotel in Turkey



If it is a truly restful and healthy holiday that you are after then this is the holiday for you.  Set in the hills of Bodrum, this hotel is a real gem. The Antik Zeytin Hotel is built from entirely natural materials, produces it own olive oil and serves local organic food.  www.organicholidays.co.uk



5. Eco Barns in Pembrokeshire



If you are looking for something a little closer to home then these Asheston eco barns in Wales may be perfect.  Using a combination of renewable energy sources; solar heated water, ground source heating, wind turbines and water harvesting systems, these barns are only 4 miles away from one of Britain’s best beaches.  www.ecobarns.co.uk



6. Eco Barge Holiday in France



Fancy a more adventurous holiday then take a trip down the Canal Du Midi in an Eco Friendly barge. You can either captain the boat yourself of hire a crew member for a truly memorable holiday.  With a solar heated shower and hot water this is a real winner in environmental terms.  www.greentraveller.co.uk





7. Community Owned and Run Safari Lodges in Kenya



This is the ideal way to gain the knowledge of the locals by going on Safari to a community run lodge.  These lodges benefit the local community by offering long term employment opportunities while allowing you as the visitor to enjoy gain local knowledge and give something back to the community you’re visiting.  www.ilngwesi.com



8. Take the train to Marrakech



Take the leisurely way down and see some sites on route.  Plan your trip to stay at any number of European cities such as Paris and Madrid, catch the ferry over to Morocco and then train the rest of the way to Marrakech.  This is not only a very civilised way to travel but also saves your carbon footprint. Visit www.seat61.com for information



9. Organic Farm B&B in Somerset



Stay at a real working farm in Somerset and enjoy all the hospitality and a local breakfast with fresh from the farm organic eggs.  And if you get really inspired, you can even take a bee keeping lesson in the village.  Huntstile Organic Farm offers B&B, self catering and camping so all options are covered.  www.huntstileorganicfarm.co.uk



10. Ski Holiday in The USA

  

If you’re planning further ahead and skiing is your thing, then look into Hotel Terra is Jackson Hole.  This is a truly green hotel - building materials are all recycled and the hotel’s energy is provided through a mixture of solar power, micro hydro power and wind power.  www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com

Whatever your ideal holiday, it is now easy to be ethical with a selection of different options to suit every taste and budget.  Remember that if your flying you can easily offset your carbon footprint using a number of schemes (most airlines offer their own schemes) or you can plant your own trees!  When away ensure you carry out your usual practices – don’t leave lights on, use as little water as possible and only use the air conditioning when really needed.  The most important aspect of a holiday is to enjoy it so whatever your style, make sure you have as much fun as possible!

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2 Comments:

At 16 June 2010 at 06:27 , Anonymous nursing schools said...

nice post. thanks.

 
At 21 June 2010 at 11:17 , Anonymous Bathroom Furniture said...

Hi,

This is seriously an amazing post, I have been to Turkey in April and I have exactly done as it is in your blog for this specific destination :), Hope this has helped everyone involved.

Regards,
Andrea
Bathroom Furniture

 

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