As conscientious travellers, we are becoming increasingly cognisant of our impact on the environment. If your travel planning involves being concerned about the planet, then here are some destinations you can consider.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The city is one of the most environmentally sound destinations in the world. The denizens promote biking and recommend it as the best way to see the local sights. If you want to give back to the city, take a boat tour with Plastic Whale, where passengers are given nets to fish plastic out of the canal whilst they take in the sights. You could also stay in one of four Conscious Hotels which are entirely made from sustainable materials.
Despite its wild party reputation, Ibiza has its eye on the planet. Recently, Ibiza has introduced biodegradable straws made of bamboo, rye and cornstarch at many of its iconic venues — Pikes, Locals Only, and La Escollera. Ibiza officials work off their hangovers the next day by organising regular beach cleanups. The island is also seeing a lot of solar power – including solar powered boats!
The city’s small size makes it surprisingly eco-friendly – you can almost walk to any location! The need for some sun means that most of the city’s skyscrapers are orientated to the south in a way that guarantees sunlight; Benidorm reduces its electricity consumption when compared to the average city.
Portugal itself recently won the Earth Award for ‘Best in Europe,’ with the Algarve given special mention as one of Europe’s most sustainable locations. Around 60 per cent of its territory is blocked off for nature conservation, so that increasing amounts of tourism and development don’t spoil the location’s natural rustic beauty. Stay at Club Med Da Balaia, where the Adult Zen Zone features its own eco friendly pool serving healthy, soothing smoothies all day long!
A luxurious yet conscious destination, the emirate boasts many resorts that are environmentally sound. Stay in Al Maha – a luxury resort designed with nature in mind. Several measures have been taken to reduce the resorts environmental impact, such as reusing cooking oil, reducing water consumption, and using battery-powered vehicles to get guests around. Another conscious option is Jumeirah Mina A’Salam hotel which manages a turtle rehabilitation project and which raises awareness of the ecological threats faced by marine turtles today.