green holidays

Greener holidays

Have you ever thought of the impact of your trips on the environment? Well, it appears that their impact is worse than what you might think.

Let’s take them one by one:

  1. Duration – the shorter (#days) and farther (#km), the worse it is.

Take the city breaks that are so “in” right now in Europe – taking the plane for 2 hrs. each way for only one weekend will make you spend all the CO2 emissions you’re supposed to release into the air in a year!

So for short trips, you should first think of taking the train or doing car sharing. Instead, if you want to take the plane, you should take at least 2 – 3 weeks of holidays.

  1. Transportation

As said above, choosing the transportation depends on the duration of your holidays. So if you don’t have a lot of time, choose a destination nearby, for which you can take the train or do car sharing. You can also take the bus, but you will release more emissions into the air.

Here’s a chart that compares the CO2 emissions by transport mode: road, rail, water, air:



I found another chart here:

!! What doesn’t enter in these calculations though is how the energy is produced, for trains, for example. Right now, most of them are electric. But if we compare a train trip in France with a train trip in Germany, the one in France will be greener, because they use nuclear electricity compared to coal electricity in Germany. !!

  1. Accommodation

The accommodation also depends on the duration of your trip – we recommend Airbnb or Couchsurfing for shorter trips. Even though hosts propose bed sheets and towels, in order to reduce your holiday’s CO2 footprint, we definitely recommend you bring your own sleeping bag and towel (if possible, of course), because if you stay only a night or two the host needs to clean everything, which they wouldn’t have to do normally.

For longer trips, there are some great collaborative solutions as well: Home Exchange, House Swap, etc.

You can definitely book a holiday resort too, but the problem is that these are built especially for tourists, and sometimes they destroy natural environments just so that you can be “closer to nature”.

  1. Food & drinks

Wherever you are, try the local specialties! If you go to Dominican Republic, have a local breakfast, and not a typical European one for which the ingredients were flown in!

For more insight on how tourism is destroying the planet, you can read the book below (don’t know if it has been translated to English yet): Tourism – a mass destruction weapon.


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Summer is over but not the holidays!! Have you thought of ecotourism?

The Definition of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015).  Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.

Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement, participate in and market ecotourism activities should adopt the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  • Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  • Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  • Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

Some tools to help you organize an eco trip:


You can find tons of lists on the web, but you should note that almost all countries provide ecotourism. It’s only up to you to decide what you want to see and where.

For example you could spend a week in Denmark or Romania raising sheep, visit the Lithuanian lakes or sleep in a tent and make your own food in France.

Whatever you choose, make sure you’re surrounded by your loved ones and enjoy!!! 🙂



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