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Monday, 22 June 2015

Ethical Holiday Time!

Here at Myakka HQ we have all started to think about our summer holidays. Spending time away with our nearest and dearest can be fun but holidays away can potentially end up being harmful for the environment and local communities. Choosing an ethical holiday is actually really easy and there are lots out there to suit every taste and budget. Here are our top 10 ethical holiday ideas…

Volunteer at a School in India 

There are lots of volunteering options available from working in schools to working with animals. As India is close to our hearts here in India we have picked this amazing 2 week project where you work as a Teaching Assistant at a school or orphanage in Kerala.

Community Tourism in Nepal
Community-run guest house in the lesser visited parts of Nepal such as Sailung. This is a great way to see rural parts of the country often overlooked and support local people and their way of life. Local villagers are given special tourist training so are able to stay in their community and help support their families.

Forest Cabin in the Forest of Dean
A forest retreat is perfect for every member of the family. Sit back and relax and watch the world go by or up the energy levels by exploring the forest. With excellent ethical and eco credentials with all sites built and managed to work in harmony with nature and the environment.

Eco retreat in Turkey
This is not your normal Turkish style beach holiday. This holiday is all about relaxation and peace and quiet. Away from the hustle and bustle you can take time to explore the costal location and enjoy the local village food. You can chose to take a week of activities with group sessions or be complete independent.

Cycle through Cuba
What better way to see one of the most beautiful Caribbean Island than on two wheels. Take a 10 days guided tour around Cuba and relax in the evening with a well-deserved mojito. See some of Cuba’s most beautiful places including Havana, Trinidad and Santiago.

Timber Rafting in Sweden 
Perfect for active families, build your own timber raft and then pilot it down the River Klarälven whilst camping wild each night along the riverbank.   Local instructors will help you construct your raft and then glide down the river and take in the beautiful scenery.

Prague, Vienna and Budapest by Train
Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras and make your way to Prague, Vienna and Budapest before making your way back. Trains are a lot more friendly to the environment than planes and you get to see more of the beautiful scenery.

Yurt Holiday in central Portugal
Set in a campsite nestled into the mountains of central Portugal, these yurts have been built by local people with local materials. The campsite uses solar electricity and grey water is filtered to water plants and vines.  Best of all you can get to the site easily by train.

Lochhouse Safari Tents in East Lothian
The perfect mix of beach house farm holiday and country escape at these safari lodges on this working farm close to the shores of North Sea  and provides plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained and is only an hour away from Edinburgh.

Bell Tent Camping in Dorset
The Jurassic coast in Dorset is a World Heritage Site covering more than 95 miles of coastline veering over 185 million year’s of earth history. Old Bidlake Farm is the perfect place for exploring everything the coast and beautiful countryside has to offer. Don’t miss easting at the Hive Beach CafĂ© in nearby Burton Bradstock.

Wherever you go for your holiday this year do not forget the little things can make all the difference. Packing light can help save fuel and reducing your use of electricity and air-conditioning really does help the environment. Flights are generally the worse thing about our holidays so where you can, try and avoid it (Trains and ferries are a lot more environmentally friendly). If you do fly, make sure you use one of the many carbon off-setting schemes available. Happy Holidays!

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