By holidaying close to home and foregoing flights, travellers can alleviate the damage to the environment and enjoy a more guilt-free getaway in 2020.
Alongside ‘no-fly’ holidays, the staycation is proving a really popular option for those seeking more environmentally-friendly holidays. But you can always go greener; here’s a selection of tips and ideas for eco-holidaying in 2020.
Choose eco-friendly accommodation
If you’re planning a greener getaway, then it is worth looking at more environmentally friendly holiday cottages. Properties that offer smart heating and insulation solutions, energy-saving light bulbs and efficient appliances are perfect places to relax and unwind.
Holiday close to home
You don’t need to head to the other end of the country to enjoy a wonderful break. With so much variety in scenery, you can travel up to an hour from your home and enjoy a completely new holiday experience. And by cutting down on the driving, you’ll be helping the environment too. Find holidays ‘close to me’ on cottages.com.
Be an active explorer
Leave the car at home and explore your surroundings from the saddle. With plenty of new paths and cycle-ways winding through the British countryside, it’s never been easier, or more enjoyable, to lose your breath in the stunning scenery. From coastal paths to woodland trails, there’s plenty of inspiration to choose from.
‘Slow’ and locally produced food is not only the best option for freshness, but it’s also better for the environment too. If you shop local you are favouring food that has a smaller carbon footprint. Find recommendations in the guest book of your holiday cottage or in the info pack left by your host. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags too!
Reuse / Recycle
Try to keep waste to a minimum. Bring reusable water bottles and make sure you take advantage of your holiday cottage’s recycling facilities. Information should be included in your welcome pack, along with details of the nearest recycling centre.
Getting to your accommodation
Taking public transport is the most environmentally friendly way to go on holiday. Take a look at our cottages within one mile of a train station to find escapes that are accessible by rail.
Turn off your screens and devices, and you will not only be improving your mindfulness and mental wellbeing, but you will also be helping the planet too. Reading a book, playing a game or just enjoying the perfect peace of your property are just three ways for enjoying electricity-free activities.
Watch your water waste
Limit your use of water and heating. Try not to spend too long in the shower and avoid doing washing if you can (you are on holiday, after all!).
These are just a few ideas for enjoying a more environmentally-friendly holiday in 2020, and none of them stops you from enjoying a brilliant 2020 break. Take a look at our cottage collections to find perfect dog-friendly holidays, romantic retreats and all kinds of stunning, scenic getaways in the UK.