· More Brits opt to stay with locals, avoiding the massive carbon footprint that comes with hotel chains.
o UK-based Crashpadder.com reports >100% increase in demand from Brits in just 3 months
o Budget friendly as well as eco-friendly – being 83% cheaper than hotels
· Given they don’t involve flying, Staycations tend to be the best holiday option when it comes to the environment.
· Train travel reduces despite being the most eco-friendly way of getting to your holiday destination.
For a long time now eco travel has been a hot topic, hardly a surprise when one looks at the carbon footprints created by airlines and hotel chains. Thus far however the cost of eco-travel has been restrictive for many. In these times of pay-freezes, redundancy, recession and falling house prices people are in more need of a relaxing week away than ever. So what can concerned travellers do to reduce their impact on the environment, without sacrificing the all-important down-time - or spending a fortune in the process?
UK Staycations (London examples)
An increasingly popular option is a ‘staycation’ in the UK, with British website Crashpadder.com reporting a massive 111% increase in demand for stays in the UK for both city-breaks and rural getaways. A weekend break in London can be cheaper than you think – the average cost of a weekend stay in a double room in the capital via Crashpadder.com is just £60, and some are as cheap as £15 per night. Here are some examples of rooms in London:
1. Stunning double room in Bloomsbury, £40 per night http://www.crashpadder.com/homestay-in/united-kingdom/london/friendly-central/2156
2. En-suite room near Kew Gardens & Twickenham, £55 per night http://www.crashpadder.com/homestay-in/united-kingdom/london/double-room/633
3. Perfect for Cricket – En-suite double near Oval, £40 per night http://www.crashpadder.com/homestay-in/united-kingdom/london/ensuite-room-in-oval/1232
Avoid hotels, especially hotel chains
Hotels have carbon footprints which would make Godzilla quake in his massive boots. This is due to a number of factors, including staff transport to and from work, 24-hour air-conditioning, daily laundry and 24-hour industrial kitchens. So what are the alternatives?
Stay with a friendly local through Crashpadder.com, which has rooms in over 700 global cities from £5 per night. A Crashpadder stay is virtually carbon free, and the site has been endorsed by:
a. UK AWARE – the UK’s only green and ethical lifestyle exhibition
b. Beach Break Live - the UK’s first carbon neutral festival.
c. The Local Travel Movement – encouraging travel that is sensitive to the local environment
This is a big one, especially when it comes to air travel. Whilst the figures below show the carbon footprint per 100 miles for three common transport choices, based on a 300 mile return journey e.g. London-> Manchester-> London:
Flight: 30kg per person
Car: 32kg per car (based on a 1.8l petrol engine)
Train: 13kg per person
Despite the low carbon footprint, train travel is on the decline in the UK. This is blamed on high prices, particularly on journeys booked in the 2 weeks prior to travel. This year saw the first train fair in the UK which exceeded £1,000.