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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Top 10 Ethical Holiday Hot Spots

As we are now firmly in holiday season we thought it might be a nice idea to look at some ethical holidays out there for those of you who want a holiday with a conscience. So whether you are looking for somewhere that wont leave a big carbon footprint or for somewhere where local people get a fair deal, here is a great place to start.

1.       2 week family getaway to Thailand


This trip has something for everyone. Some time in bustling Bangkok, some time to explore national parks and small villages, take elephant rides and finish it all relaxing on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches. Not only do you get all that, but you will also know that you will be getting the best from the locals guides and will be giving something back to the communities your visiting.  http://www.godifferently.com/ethical_holidays.asp




2.       Predator and Prey Survey – Slovakia


If you love wildlife and want to do your bit to help conservation then this may be the ideal trip for you. You will trek through the Tatra Mountain range counting the wildlife you encounter. The aim of the research is to survey the Tatrta chamois, which is a goat-antelope native to Europe and its predators.  http://shop.btcv.org.uk/shop/level1/8/level


3.       Walking Holiday along the Amalfi Coast, Italy

If you like to keep active during your holidays, the best and most green way to see as many sites as possible is a walking holiday. Here you can see some of the less busy areas of this tourist destination and see the real Italy by staying in local accommodation, using local guides and buying local food. http://www.responsibletravel.com/

4.       South of France By train

The south of France is in easy reach by train with the Eurostar going form London to Avignon and only takes 6 hours. It is a great way to get down to the beautiful area and once there the best way to get around is by bike. They are cheap to hire and let you enjoy the fresh air as well as seeing sites of the beaten track. http://www.eurostar.com

5.       Glamping in the UK

The Geo- Ekopod, Bodmin Cornwall is the ultimate way to camp in Cornwall. Everything is done is a sumptuous and stylish way so it is the ideal place to get away from city life without harming the environment.  A breakfast hamper is provided everyday and you can have your evening meal cooked for which leave you time to do anything that you like! http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/



6.        Eco hotel in China

If you want something a little more exotic with a taste of the east then staying at an eco hotel next to the great Wall of China. The Brickyard used to make tiles but has since been turned into an eco hotel. The hotel has everything you need for a luxury stay and just outside the doors is a whole new world you have the great wall of china as well as walking trails and meeting the locals. You get all of this and your giving back to the community with the hotle offering trainings for locals and hiring locals from the villages. http://www.ecohotelsoftheworld.com/

7.       Meet the People Tour of India

If you are a fan of fair trade then this is the perfect holiday for you. These trips let you meet the producers of fair trade products that are bought here in the UK. This trip takes you around India from Delhi to West Bengal and lets you meet the people benefiting from fair trade. http://meetthepeople.skedaddle.co.uk/splash/index.rails



8.       Tree House of the West Coast of Scotland

This octagonal house is built around an Oak tree, the trunk of the tree runs right through the centre of this eco tree house. Built in 2007 as both contemporary and green, this house offers  a luxury stay which is guilt free set in the grounds of Kinlochlaich House. http://www.treehousescotland.co.uk/   

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9.       Atlantic Coast and Marrakech Medinas

Run with responsible tourism in mind this trip will let you relax on the beautiful north African coast in a small fishing town and then head into the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to visit the medina and try your hand at haggling in the souks. http://www.naturallymorocco.co.uk/index.html

10.   Bushcraft canoe trip in Sweden

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, love being active and learning this is the perfect holiday for you. Over 6 days you will canoe around the Ammeron in Jämtland and stay in Laplandic tents and self build shelters. You will learn basic bushcraft from building fires and camps, to fishing and foraging for your supper. http://www.naturetravels.co.uk/index.htm

What ever you perfect holiday is, it is now a lot easier to enjoy a holiday a little more ethically. Most large holiday companies and airlines offer carbon offsetting schemes or world care fund donations. Whilst you are on holiday make sure you do your bit by not wasting water, travel lightly, don’t leave the air conditioning on and turn the lights off where possible. Most importantly ENJOY!

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