Finally travelling again! Whether by plane, car or train - there are many ways to escape from everyday (work) life. The good news is that holidays and travel are not only good for you, your body and your mind, but can also be more environmentally friendly than you think. But how can sustainable travel be achieved?
For all those who still want to go on a big trip and do not (yet) know where they are going, we have put together a few tips on how you can also act sustainably on the road in order to keep your impact on the environment at the respective travel destination as low as possible. With the Farmer's Five for sustainable travel with a blue conscience, we assure you that your desire to travel will be increased even further. Ready? Then buckle up:
#1 The right destination
Good things can sometimes be so close! Instead of going far away, there are wonderful lakes, mountains or landscapes near you that you may not have explored yet. If you do want to go a little further away, alternatives without a car or plane are worthwhile: there are a number of portals and search engines that calculate routes without a plane, such as RouteRank. In addition to alternative transport options such as bus and train, the corresponding Co2 consumption is also displayed. How smart is that? In short: a nearby holiday destination saves time and protects the environment. After all, "the journey is the destination" - this also applies, and especially if it takes a little longer than usual.
#2 The right accommodation
It doesn't always have to be the best located hotel in the city centre! In addition to already established hotel alternatives, such as airbnbthere are now also numerous accommodations that, as sustainably managed businesses, take care to reduce their carbon footprint and conserve natural resources. The "forum anders reisen"is an association for sustainable tourism with more than 130 tour operators that focus on offering sustainable holidays including organic hotels. In addition, there are also some other operators who offer trips based on different needs: Renatour specialises in nature-based travel for families. The portal wirsindanderswo.de offers accommodation for sustainable travel in Europe. Another option is to offset the Co2 footprint left behind, for example with the portal "Atmosfair"which offsets your calculated carbon footprint with a donation to climate protection. And if you are not sure whether your accommodation is "green": on the site GreenSign you can find leading sustainability seals for hotel providers in Europe.
#3 Promote regional economy
Show responsibility locally! It is also easy to respect the environment when you are on holiday by avoiding rubbish and plastic, buying locally and choosing regional and seasonal products as much as possible. The advantage: this way you not only get to know your destinations better, but also more authentically and not only support the respective economy, but also do something good for the locals.
#4 Getting around locally without a car
The journey is the destination! Once you arrive at your holiday destination, there are numerous ways to explore it. Instead of a car, there are also endless possibilities to become a real "local". Have you ever explored a city by bike? Or by public transport? For the more advanced, there is the option of exploring the surroundings on foot - not only does it keep you fit, but it is certainly the most resource-efficient way to get to know the respective holiday destination. Apart from the superficial resource-saving aspects, these means of transport offer several advantages: Not only do you get to talk to local people (by asking for directions instead of googling), but you can also get to know locals (by discovering a cafe that is not in the tourist hotspots) and thus change your perspective. "Slow Travelling" is the new motto, which lets you enjoy many places even more by moving slowly. And that definitely has an impact on the recreation factor and wallet!
#5 Conserve resources
Respect the resources! You show respect for the environment at home? Then you should continue to do so on holiday at your destination. In some southern countries, water is a very scarce resource. By bringing your own water bottle with a water purification tab, you not only save water, but also avoid the use of plastic. The same goes for packaging and shopping bags: take a cloth bag with you in your luggage and a glass jar. This way, not only regionally bought food from the market tastes much fresher, but also small regional specialities remain edible for longer.
In conclusion, it remains to be said: A holiday is a holiday! So the purpose of a holiday should not be to spend all your time researching sustainable travel, calculating your carbon footprint or finding the right eco-labels and foregoing everything that brings you personal relaxation. With the Farmer's Five it is our concern to make sustainable travel more present! Because we know that small steps are often better than none. And that also applies to holidays. That's why we hope that we have not only been able to increase your holiday anticipation, but that one or two Farmer's Tips will travel with you on your holiday.
We wish you a farmtastic journey!