There is a movement happening – it’s called ecotourism. Gone are the days of a fortnight by the pool, lazing at an all-inclusive hotel, what travellers and holidaymakers want now is something a little different. The restrictions have left many travellers looking for an eco-staycation that offers a chance to get away from it all or avoid flying.
Those who are heading away on holiday are looking for an experience that’s more life-changing. This shift in the way people are travelling is not simply a superficial one – many are becoming more conscious about their effect on the environment.
With mass-market tourism slowly becoming a thing of the past, today’s globally conscious traveller may be looking for something a littler closer to home as opposed to the not-so-environmentally-friendly long or short haul excursion.
What Is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism is defined at “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. The conscious travellers of today want to know that they’re having the lowest impact on the planet as possible.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.-Henry Miller
This new found way of travelling has meant more people searching for eco-staycation in the UK than ever before, with many rural villages, towns and cities offering up eco alternatives when it comes to accommodation.
The Lake District
There’s nothing quite like blowing the cobwebs off, getting a lung full of fresh air and marvelling at the majestic Lakes. Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel is set in an idyllic position overlooking picturesque Easedale, is steeped in history and boasts the unrivalled Green Valley Vegetarian Restaurant set in 30 acres of mature gardens and woodlands.
Price: £148.50 for 1 night for 2 guests
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South West Scotland
Take a moment to appreciate the sights and sounds of nature at Creeside Escape Shepherd’s Hut. Listen to the birds; a buzzard overhead, a cuckoo in a tree, or geese swimming in the river. The gentle rustle of leaves on the trees can sound like music to your ears. One of the simplest things is to enjoy your morning cup of tea with the sun on your face.
Price: 1 night’s self-catering accommodation in our off-grid traditional shepherd’s hut is £60, based on 2 adults sharing
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Hay On Wye
Luxury Boutique Self-Catering Holiday House The Red Kite offers breath-taking, unspoilt views stretching out across the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Surrounded by 15 acres of land and thousands of acres of beautiful countryside, this really is the perfect place for peace and quiet.
Price: Up to 8 guests
From £1,695 per week, £1,295 per short break
Day hire options are available
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Just because you’re being more eco-conscious doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the joys of big cities. As you’re thinking of ways to impact the environment less, why not look into serviced apartments in Manchester instead of big chain hotels – that way you can come and go as you please, as well as cook up your own meals or take snacks while you explore this metropolitan destination. Manchester offers lots of indie shops selling handmade sustainable crafts and treats.
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Up a small path through a secluded forest at the top of a steep hillside at St Dogmaels, near Cardigan, Pembrokshire, hides an incredible Grand Designs Straw Bale Eco-House. Beneath the luscious woodland, this idyllic off grid home won the Grand Designs Eco-Home of the year award and is powered by the sun and the wind which is one of it’s most important features, giving you the opportunity to experience living with the elements.
Price: Available on Airbnb £120 per night. Sleeps up to 8 guests, 2 bedrooms, 6 beds.
Opting to become a more eco-conscious traveller doesn’t have to mean missing out on the fabulous things in life. However, it does mean thinking about the impact your trip will have on the planet and making a few tweaks to the way you travel.