Responsible Eco-Holidays

16 July 2009

With the Holiday Season upon us, a green person's thoughts naturally turn to travel.  Is there a way of reducing your impact on the environment and having fun at the same time.  There are quite a few options, from staying in Britain, to coach, ferry or train to European destinations, and Fairtrade Holidays to support the economies of developing countries.

You can relax in a Cornish yurt, with woodburning stoves, double beds and a bath and shower yurt.  There are composting toilets and a solar panel on one of the Yurts.

http://www.yurtworks.co.uk/holidays/

Or you could pop on the Eurostar to France for a Permaculture study holiday at La Brande Woodland & Wildlife holiday venue. La Brande holiday courses contribute positively to the surroundings, provide a venue that minimizes the negative effects of tourism and supports the local community throughout the year. Courses study permaculture, wooldand and rural crafts and bushcraft skills.

http://www.labrande.com/

If you want to go further afield, then Nicaragua boasts Finca Esperance Verde Ecolodge.
On an organic coffee farm more than 1,200m up in the mountains of Nicaragua, this 26-bed eco lodge is situated in a nature reserve. While local people run the coffee operation, the travel side is run by volunteers from North Carolina with the aim of helping the local owners earn an alternative income to coffee. Nearby are jungle treks, waterfalls and a butterfly farm. Ten per cent of the lodge's income is invested in rural water projects and local schools.
fincaesperanzaverde.org

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