If you thought that traveling green or celebrating sustainable holidays could be boring, then you are wrong! Environmentally friendly holidays are the need of the hour. And endless incredibly innovative options make sustainable travel experiences more interesting.
One cannot deny the fact that tourism is a major contributor to any economy, but at the same time it cannot be argued that travel industry contributes considerable amounts of pollution and waste. Thanks to growing eco awareness, many people are willing to try sustainable tourism options to save the planet; however, a lot more people are simply curtailing their holidays because they believe that traveling green is too expensive and heavy on their pockets. Yes, it is true that most of the green travelers prefer luxury and avoid taking actions on personal levels, thereby opting for costlier alternatives like greener hotels, sustainable airlines etc.
Here are some of the luxury trends that help saving the environment in long run.
1. Structurally sustainable
Eco conscious travelers now seek luxury as well as sustainability while opting for their hotels. Therefore, they seek hotels which are having a pure, raw and unadulterated form of aesthetics. Hotels like Sleeping Around, which is operational since January 2013, features shipping containers that have been transformed into hotel rooms and use sustainably sourced furniture and items. Similarly, the Eco-Resort Pedras Slagadas has cabins that camouflage with woodland environment in the North Portugal. The cabins are designed to complement the sizes and gaps between trees. This also inspires interaction between guests and the park.
2. Living Hotels
It is true that with guests and travelers, most hotels are literally ’living.’ However, some hotels take this to a newer level by introducing greenhouse keeping operations and sustainability programs. Some of them even go bolder and opt for extending the hotel in beautiful, living ways by using plants, flowers and terrace gardens. For instance, the National Hotel near Beijing Airport would supposedly have 107,000 foot of indoor rainforest that would be connected to energy efficient solar thermal pipes for heating purposes. Similarly, B3 Hotel Virrey in Bogota has eight storeys of living walls, as the exterior of the hotel features over 25,000 plants insulating the hotel and reducing pollution.
3. Embedding sustainability
Some of the hotels even invite their guests to participate in their green crusade. For instance, in the Cottage Lodge Bed and Breakfast lodge in Hampshire, travelers who wish to watch television need to do it via pedal power. The hotel also has solar powered rooms.
Nevertheless, apart from industry-oriented actions in luxury travel sector, travelers can take personal actions to ensure that their traveling is more sustainable and responsible. Moreover, these eco-friendly initiatives will also help them save some bucks in the long run. For instance, use water sparingly, reuse your water bottles, avoid littering, use public transport, save electricity and avoid leather products, especially the ones outsourced from endangered animals.
Certainly, with the rising demands for sustainable tourism, the luxury travel sector has made several attempts to make traveling more responsible and make eco travelers the champions of eco-friendly traveling.