Green Get-aways

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Some tips for travelling

  • Pack light and clever. It takes experience but you can find great tips all over the internet. Don’t overpack, pack clothes that don’t show the dirt, take your own re-usable stuff (e.g. earphones)
  • Book green B&Bs, hostels or hotel rooms
  • Go native – eat, shop and hire local wherever you are. All-inclusive holidays and package deals mostly have the biggest emissions as corporate tourist agencies choose the easiest but least green options
  • Seek out quieter, less popular destination or routes. Overtourism is a curse and tourist hotspots are often environmental disasters. Don’t be part of the Instagram Tsunami.
  • Make the journey the holiday with multiple stop-overs in interesting locations on a round-trip – see
  • Take fewer but longer holidays, which works great if you can work remotely, and spend time getting to know your destination instead of aiming to tick off everything on a bucket list
  • A change is as good as a break, so try either volunteering for outside work e.g. with the National Trust, or for board and lodging somewhere in Europe on a farm (Wwoof
  • If you are set on (or resigned to) flying and can afford more than the cheapest flight, seek out the lowest emissions routes, aircraft and flights. The difference will be significant

By Adam Hardy

Zoologist at heart. Environmentalist by necessity. Stage hand, financial trader, secretary, card payments designer, software developer, fossil fuel big data warehouse consultant. Amateur psychologist. Now climate change salvage engineer.