There’s nothing quite like jetting off on your jollies to see the world but it’s important to remember that we are living in an age of increased responsibility and there’s now no denying the impact that human activity is having on the planet.
So, if you’re keen to limit your own carbon footprint but still do as much travelling as you can, why don’t you start doing some research into the more eco-friendly holiday destinations out there so you can still enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation without worrying too much that your trip will hit Mother Earth hard.
We’ve done a little bit of the hard work for you and rounded up some of the best destinations for all the eco-tourists out there among you. Which of these will you visit first?
According to the Guardian, this is one of the greenest cities you can pop off to, with a zero waste recycling programme in place and the highest percentage of pedestrianised streets to be found in any European capital.
A stroll through the cobbled streets of Stari Trg and Gornji Trg comes highly recommended - all entirely free from traffic. And if you want to get back to the city centre, just flag down an electric taxi, which will take you where you need to be for free. There’s also a miniature electric train that can whisk you around without you having to worry about emission rates.
As explained by The Culture Trip, the Netherlands has had a National Environmental Policy Plan in place for the last 20 years and has met more than 70 per cent of its goals. The European Green City Index also recently named Amsterdam as the fifth most environmentally friendly city in Europe - and as we all know, one of the best ways to see the region is by bike.
There are over 15,000km of bike paths to cycle down, so you’ll not only be helping the planet by travelling in this way but also giving yourself a health boost at the same time.
Want to go somewhere a little different? Lonely Planet suggests Arosa in Switzerland, where you’ll find Hotel Valsana, the first hotel in the country to be heated by an ice battery, which makes use of surplus heat energy that would otherwise have been lost. There are also numerous electric car charging points on site, so you can gad about without having to worry too much.
The region was also recently assigned Alpine Pearl status, which means it has strong green mobility and eco-conscious practices in place.