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Friday, 3 August 2012

Fancy a holiday? Make it an ethical one!


Going on holiday is normally the highlight of most people's year. And now we are well and truly in holiday season we thought it would be great to take a look at some of the more ethical an green holidays out there for anyone who wants something a little different or even just to lie on a sunny beach, here are our top 10…


1.    A Tour of Rajasthan, India
We have a soft spot for Rajasthan as it is where most of our furniture is made. Take this guided trip around this beautiful state with a local guide who will teach you the customs and traditions. At the end of your trip donate your unwanted clothing, medicine and bandages to a charity that help distribute it across to the most remote parts of India.  http://www.responsibletravel.com/holiday/1764/rajasthan-tours-india



2.    Stay in a Tree House in France
Stay on some fabulous campsites around France and stay in some amazing tree house built around the trees.  Keep your holiday green by catching the ferry over to France  and enjoying staying way up high in the trees! http://www.keycamp.co.uk/holiday-homes/tree-houses.html 

3.    Timber Lodge in Mid Wales
Stay in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the UK in a purpose built timber lodge. Sustainably built using local timber and local craftsmen. Once there take a walking tour of the area or visit the famous Red Kite feeding station to experience some of the wildlife fist hand.  http://greenholidaysinwales.co.uk/Self-Catering/lon-lodges
 

4.    Stay on in Yurt on the Isle of Wight
The closer we stay to home the lower our carbon footprint, so why not visit the Isle of Wight. Yurts are the perfect compromise between camping and hotels with all the creature comforts we are used to but with the feeling of being under canvas. To reduce your carbon footprint you can even plant an apple tree or other native tree. http://www.thereallygreenholidaycompany.com/


5.    The perfect Caribbean Eco hotel
The Caribbean has been a holiday hotspot for many years and now you can stay at a number of eco hotels. One of the best we have found is the Hix Island House in Vieques, Puerto Rico. This purpose built eco hotel collects rain water which is heated by solar power for your shower. Most imporatnatly there are no phones or TVs in any of the rooms for perfect peace and quiet! http://www.hixislandhouse.com/

6.    Whale Watching in New Zealand
Owned and operated by the indigenous Maori community, this sustainable company was founded to find jobs for the indigenous community and use environmentally friendly vessels. This is now one of new Zealand’s South islands biggest tourist attractions and has won conutless international awards. http://www.whalewatch.co.nz/ 


7.    Malaysian Mountain Side Lodge
If your idea of the perfect holiday is a tropical island with turquoise sea and white sand then this may be the place for you. Situated on a remote beach in Malaysia this resort hotel has been built using mostly recycled materials with minimal effect on the local environment, the lodge also employs people from the local village.  http://www.bagusplace.com/home

 

8.    2 week Loop around Turkey
Starting and ending in Istanbul this unique holiday lets you see the cultural side to Turkey. The most green way to get to Turkey is to get the train from London to Istanbul via Paris, Munich,  and Bucharest and surprisingly only takes 2 days.  http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/content/turkish-delights-2-week-loop-istanbul

9.    Cycling Holiday  in Norway
Using the most green form of transport this holiday provides beautiful sights at a gentle paced road tour exploring Norway’s beautiful Lofoten Islands. Why not avoid flying by catching the ferry via.  Harwich, Esbjerg and Copenhagen http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/content/cycling-lofoten-islands-norway

10.    Escape to Cornwall’s Luxury Eco Hotel
Cornwall is one of the most popular stops for holidays in the UK and the Scarlet Hotel provides the perfect eco place to stay. With grey water recycling, solar panels  they work to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% every year and aim to source 90% of consumables from the south west.  http://www.scarlethotel.co.uk/index.asp



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