With 2017 just around the corner there’s a lot to look forward to, but what exactly can you get up to in 2017? How about a switch to the green side? Sustainable travelling is picking up with many tourist resorts offering an exciting, and environmentally friendly, way of modern travel.
This doesn’t mean hanging around your local vicinity camping either, as there are many modern luxuries which can be enjoyed with the environment in mind. This guide to happier holidays in 2017 offers only a few of the possibilities, so use these to consider what you can do in the year ahead.
It’s an era of baby steps
Before you head off thinking green holidays are advanced, we’re still in an era where they’re only just taking off in the public conscience. There are sites such as Responsible Travel which offer lots of ideas, so that’s a fantastic place to start. It suggests far flung locations such as Japan, the Galapagos, and Cuba – so, not exactly terrible then!
It’s also worth do a search of the country you’re from. In the UK, for instance, there are environmentally friendly theme parks and an endless selection of beautiful places to visit where countryside and walking are the main areas of interest.
Camping & Glamping
Of course, camping remains a firm favourite from many people. There’s nothing to stop you from heading somewhere such as the Scottish highlands to pitch your tent and enjoying a relaxing weekend.
Glamping is a modernised version of this which keeps a few home comforts, but all with an emphasis on being friendlier to the environment. Consider where you’re heading and do a bit of research to find the best camping spots around the area. You can also use this green camper guides to stay on the straight and narrow during your trip.
These increasingly popular lodges are popping up all over the world. You can see this guide to the 10 best eco lodges in Costa Rica, for instance. They can be cheap to rent on a night by night basis, or for a week, and offer all sorts of local perks depending on your location – many in Portugal offer on-site massages, and all with the minimum of drain on the local community.
A road trip
Particularly green if you have an electric car, but otherwise it can still be green as you’re not jetting off in a fuel guzzling aircraft somewhere. Indeed, you can also fit out your vehicle with green enhancing credentials. Fit the right tyres for the season or get some run flat tyres fitted – these ensure you can keep driving even in the event of a puncture!
After this, the world is well and truly your oyster. Where do you go to and what do you see? Obviously, the less travelling you do the better, so it really depends on where you live. If you’re in the UK or Europe, for instance, consider some iconic cities such as Paris, Bruges, or London.
Alternatively, turn your road trip into a bike trip – get a backpack and cycle to your holiday destination!
Head where the animals are!
If you’re an animal lover then it’s a great age to travel. There are many amazing, green, and vibrant places to visit to catch up with some wildlife. Whether it’s a safari park in South Africa, dolphin spotting in Portugal, tropical wildlife in Costa Rica, or volunteering at a wildlife centre in Malawi, you can have a brilliant holiday simply by bonding with nature.
Have a look at this sustainable wildlife holidays guide for a few more ideas to have you whisked on your ideal holiday in 2017.