Global tourism has no doubt slowed down due to the pandemic. Although global economies have experienced hardships because of it, there has been an increased demand to rethink how the sector can start up once more. Tourists and the tourism industry want to get back on their feet, but there must be changes rather than going back to normal. As the world is slowly opening back up to tourism again and people are getting vaccinated, global tourism is on the precipice of rebooting. After the worldwide shutdown, people and industries, including tourism, realized just how much travel harms the environment. When cars and planes stopped, skies cleared, and the air seemed cleaner. The pandemic has redefined normal, and if there was any good to happen in the tourism industry from COVID-19, it’s how the pandemic could give sustainable travel a boost.
I spoke with Eco Companion’s editor-in-chief Taz Bogue and Eco Companion’s founder Max Sinclair to find out more about this new eco travel booking engine, the idea behind it and how they work.
I hope you’ve had an amazing 2015 and have had the opportunity to add lots of wonderful travel memories to your bank of good times past. Wishing eco travellers everywhere a Happy New Year and safe travels in 2016.
You’ve probably heard a lot about sustainable/responsible/green/eco travel, but what are they all about? What do the terms mean? Hopefully our series of “What is _ Travel? posts will enlighten you.
Did you know that by leaving the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel door you will help save over 6,000 gallons of water? That’s the amount of water used by the average 150-room hotel in a month.
Tucked away among the trees of Holaved forest in southern Sweden is a totally off-the-grid eco retreat designed to encourage residents to reconnect with nature. Hand-crafted wooden cabins with grass-covered rooves blend into the natural surroundings. An ‘air castle’ hides within the towering evergreen’s spindly branches, and a wonderful treehouse provides a whimsical treat for solo travellers.
As one of the largest industries in the world, tourism has a significant impact on many societies. Although this impact is most often viewed in economic terms, an increasing number of researchers believes that specific forms of tourism can bring about peace, or at least decrease the possibility of conflict.
Eco travel and ecotourism is in the limelight more than ever, with a growing number of holiday options available to travellers. Unfortunately, there are a dubious group of travel companies and resorts that don’t play by the rules, here we discuss how to pick the good from the bad when it comes to booking your holiday.
Meet the new Cara Boat. It’s a caravan. But it’s also a boat. You can tour your favourite country for a few weeks and then, when you get bored, sail off into the sunset in search of pastures new. The Sealander is the modern take on the caravan, designed by a German engineer, which lets you adapt the nation’s favourite holiday accessory into a boat.
With the right green travel guides, anyone who’s environmentally-conscious can plan a fantastic vacation that fits their ethical and environmental principles. If you’re trying to plan a green getaway, but haven’t quite decided on where to go yet, why not check out some of the great eco travel guides available.