Holiday at homein the UK – this will help to lower your carbon footprint. An airplane flight from London to Madrid consumes a quarter of your entire sustainable carbon year. This is the amount of fossil fuel each person may use in all aspect of their lifestyle over 12 months without contributing unduly to climate change. A flight from London to Sydney wastes two and a half times this ration. Trains are the best low carbon, long distance travel option by a long way. Going by ship is also not a bad idea. The fossil fuel factor for long distance voyages is minimal: Despite carrying 75 per cent of all world trades, shipping and rail added together produced 1.75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, while road transport produced 10.5 per cent.
According to statistics, the number of UK visitors to certain French regions has pushed sales up by 38 per cent, with many families going for camping trips or renting out holiday homes. This is excellent news for the environment as these are exactly the kind of people who would normally travel to far off destinations. In particular, the regions of Brittany and the Pyrenees have been shown to be very popular among British tourists seeking the French way of life.
As awareness of the environmental effects of long haul flights comes to attention, holiday properties closer to the UK are starting to become more popular. France, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands are well positioned to benefit from this demand. And indeed the demand for second properties in these regions will increase proportionately.
By staying locally and buying locally you can help to cut your carbon footprint. It is possible to find eco-friendly holidays, where you can stay on farms, and buy food at the local farmers market.
When holidaying in the UK, holiday cottages are an excellent safe bet for a place to stay, but if you travel further afield eg. into Europe then it makes sense to cut your carbon footprint by camping or staying in locally owned property. Better still consider staying in holiday parks in tents. These can be a great deal of fun and can give your family a fantastic experience.