Stunning scenery, fascinating monuments, parks and wildlife. Visit some of the most beautiful places in the world, offering an unforgettable experience, while also preserving nature and benefiting local communities. Experience eco-friendly holidays, filled with fun and enjoyment!
Although air travel is currently a small contributor to overall carbon emissions, it is one of the fastest growing sources of such emissions. In fact, one long haul flight can produce more carbon emissions per person that a full year of car driving! It's important, therefore, to fly less than we do currently if we are to minimise our individual carbon footprints. There are many alternatives to flying and good sites such as Man in Seat 61 provide a range of alternatives.
When we do fly on holiday it's even more important than our holiday is a responsible one. Eco friendly holidays bring us closer to local cultures by involving local people in tourism.It brings unrivalled experiences and real life awareness that are not possible with mass tourism destinations. Next time you book a holiday why not take a look at eco-friendly alternatives for something truly different and exciting?
Did you know? According to One Poll the average person will go on at least two holidays every year, for a minimum of one week each time. And on every holiday they will spend over £2,000 on travel, accommodation, drinks, food and entertainment.
“After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world.” - Pam Shaw
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Volunteer Latin America provides free and low cost volunteer work in Central and South America. They inform international volunteers about some of the best grassroots volunteering opportunities in the environmental and humanitarian sectors. www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/
The Watkin Bunkhouse is a converted stone built barn for 30 people. It also operates as YHALlangattockMountain. They are a Visit Wales 5 star graded bunkhouse and also accredited as walker and cyclist friendly. The bunkhouse sleeps up to thirty people in seven fully en-suite bedrooms. There is a massive dining room/seating area and a wonderful outdoor space opening out onto ancient woodlands. There is under-floor heating throughout, excellent drying facilities and ample hot water. Their green credentials include being Green Dragon Accredited and having the surrounding land in the Tir Gofal management scheme. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 01873 812307
Lost Earth Adventures is an independent adventure travel company specialising in small group adventure tours to Thailand, Laos and Nepal. They provide a unique blend of cultural immersion and adventurous activities such as climbing, mountain biking, rafting and trekking. Explore more at www.lostearthadventures.co.uk
4 Africa is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people volunteer for
free or at reasonable cost in Africa. As well as being an easy-to-use resource
for anyone interested in volunteering in Africa, they encourage philanthropic
travel by providing the wish lists of voluntary organizations and charities. In
essence, they are a one-stop shop for volunteers and responsible travellers
interested in making a difference to Africa's animals, its people, and the
ethicalescape has been created for those who wish to travel lightly and to encourage others to do so. The site includes country guides, travel advice, health advice and details of ethical, ecologically sound holidays and eco-friendly holiday accommodation.
EcoTour Directory was launched by two people with a keen interest in both Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism issues.
Aqua-Firma is a company driven by a long developed passion for exploring and conserving the best of our planet's wilderness and wildlife - in particular where land and water meet. The areas surrounding the great oceans, rivers, lakes and icecaps can provide some of the most dramatic encounters with wildlife and the natural world.
Eco Trails Kerala: Providing tailor made tour packages by connecting different ecotourism activities in the State of Kerala in India.
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Bicycle Beano Cycling Holidays with vegetarian cuisine. Sociable cycling holidays on idyllic lanes in England and Wales. Delicious vegetarian cuisine, mostly organic (lunchtime meat option available).
Vegetarian Vacations Veggie Holidays Directory - Directory of tours, holidays, courses and guest houses with 100% vegetarian or vegan food.
Reviews and feedback
"Thanks to the service of Volunteer Latin America I found the perfect volunteer/internship program in Peru. With the service of VLA it was very easy to find the perfect match. They create a personal guide for you with which you get a lot of information about many projects that fit your desires. So if you want to participate in more than one volunteer project, this is very helpful. The team was great and I had an amazing time there and also gained some new friends. It was one of the best things I did in my life so far, and I will continue to choose VLA for my upcoming experiences in Latin America." - Karin Kunster