A Conscious Holiday

We all love to travel and explore beyond our own borders. To feel, smell and sense; get a glimpse into another culture, different from ours. We frequently feel like the quote by St. Augustine:

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

However we are also aware that CO2 emissions from travel are one of the largest contributors to global warming. Before hitting the road this holiday, think about being more conscious of minimizing or at least offsetting your eco- footprint.
In bigger cities you can take a cab that’s running on electricity and if not, at least pick a cab company that drive petrol-electric hybrid cars to the airport. Best of all choices is the choice to catch the public transport. If you have limited of time for your holiday and want to travel far then the only option is to travel by air, otherwise a great and fun way to travel in Europe is by train. Nevertheless you can choose a non-stop flight. When you take a nonstop flight you’re using less fuel and thus there are fewer carbon offsets – this all leads to greener flights. When you’re trying to book a flight, make sure the majority of its seats are filled. After all, a full plane is being used to its optimal capacity.
There’s actually some airline companies that have a green mind and are improving their ways of operating. If you are traveling in the US, you can choose to travel with Virgin America. Virgin America earned the title for most environmentally friendly airline in the U.S. for 4 years in a row, as reported by Greenopia. Criteria that Virgin met to receive this honour include good fuel conservation practices, progress on alternative fuel types, participation in recycling programs, green food options, green building design, and availability of carbon offsets.
In Europe Air France takes the top European spot for most eco-friendly airline. This carrier is praised for its “incredible reporting, strong commitment to biofuels and recycling, and carbon offsets.” Remember to use Electronic Tickets, when you use a completely electronic ticket — for example, on your I Pad or Smart phone, you’re getting rid of all paper waste. You also won’t have to worry about losing your ticket.

When you take a conscious holiday have in mind that the money you spend stays locally, which might mean staying in a family owned lodge on the edge of a lake, instead of a multinational chain behind gates. Discovering eclectic eateries, which not only source their food close to home but also celebrate local cuisine as part of their culture. This might be in a remote valley in Vietnam, a mountain village in Morocco, or a beach café in Burma. Or going trekking with a local guide, who shares all his local secret spots. You won’t get that on a cruise liner. Today there are many options whilst choosing your eco-friendly accommodation, there is prices from mid-range up to the sky is the limit.

The Whitepod Resort’s collection of dome-shaped tents offers a unique, low-impact way to experience the Swiss Alps. Each pod is pitched upon a wooden platform so that it can be taken down and reassembled with little impact on its environment, and the tents are covered in green canvases in summer and white in winter to help them blend seamlessly into the landscape. Whitepod utilizes renewable energy sources and uses only local, natural resources at its spa.

Getting to Bulungula Lodge in South Africa is a mission, but one worth the hassle. Once there you overlook one of the most spectacular and remote beaches on the Wild Coast. Bulungula Lodge is nothing more than a group of traditionally designed rondavels owned in partnership with the adjoining community, but a stay here is an immersive experience. This is a place to unwind and disconnect, completely solar- and wind powered, with ‘rocket showers’ (where rainwater is heated by lighting paraffin at the bottom of a pipe), and where a menagerie of animals wander the unfenced property.

Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) is an award-winning private nature reserve that was developed from 1991 for the conservation and sustainable management of uninhabited Chumbe Island off Zanzibar, one of the last pristine coral islands in the region. The buildings and operations are based on state-of-the-art eco-technology aiming at zero impact on the environment (rainwater catchment, photovoltaic energy and solar water heating, composting toilets, vegetative grey water filtration etc.

Kapawi Eco Lodge & Reserve is one of the most remote, ecologically responsible and cultural sensible Amazon Jungle Eco lodges in the world. Your visit to this Amazon Jungle Lodge really contributes to sustainable socio – cultural communities and the protection of a unique natural environment.
It is a remote and pristine region, the Amazon rainforest, untouched by logging, mining or petroleum extraction.

Enjoy the start of your new and exciting conscious holiday!