It is hard to reconcile being green with the need to get away from it all. Most of us have got used to the concept of jumping on a plane to get a bit of sunshine (especially if you live in the UK). Somehow we think that going far away brings some kind of relief. Whether it be a different environment, culture or just some heat it brings a refreshing change. It hasn’t always been that way.
Many of us grew up with much more simple holidays. Ours was going to Jersey every summer. It was very simple, involved no flying and we enjoyed the simple pleasures that family and the seaside could bring. Even in the pouring rain. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that we started to go further afield. With more and more cheap flights it became the norm to travel to more exotic places. Now with the added pressure of social media, people are seeking the more impressive exotic destination to record on their pages. But, it must be time that we start looking at greener ways to relax and enjoy the summer and show those off if necessary!
So what can you do to make your summer travel more green?
Cut back on flying - I’m pretty scared of flying so for me, this is an easy choice. But, that aside, we should all be thinking about whether we really need to take that flight.
Stay local - The UK has so many wonderful holiday destinations; Cornwall, Devon, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly or hop over to the continent and explore by rail or car. Wherever you live, there are good local options for a relaxing and refreshing holiday.
Whatever you choose to do, I hope you make the most of your summer holidays and have a fantastic time!