Sustainable adventure holidays
If you are looking for a day trip or short break away with minimal impact on the environment, here are some sustainable activities to enjoy whilst being outside.
Book a guided cycle ride with Col's Kent Bike Tours and explore hidden gems as well as iconic sites. Image: Visit Kent
Paddle the Great Glen Canoe Trail
Scotland's carbon neutral target is becoming more and more important, especially for preserving the country's stunning landscapes. There are many ways to have a sustainable holiday in Scotland without missing out on all the fun. One people-powered adventure to try is to paddle the Great Glen Canoe Trail. See Scotland from a new perspective by gliding through the majestic Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness across the Caledonian Canal in a canoe, kayak or SUP.
Make a splash in Margate
The Isle of Thanet and its coastal resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate is a beautiful place to visit. Walpole Bay Tidal Pool in Margate was built in 1937 and covers a vast four acres. It is suitable for those who regularly practise open water swimming as well as those who prefer to splash around on the water's edge.
The Isle boasts the closest surfing beaches to London and three great schools offering surf and/or Stand-Up Paddleboard lessons (SUP). Lessons can be booked for both and equipment hire is available. If you have previous experience you can book a guided SUP tour or sunrise safari. Kayak tours and canoe safaris are also available.
Joss Bay Surf School, Broadstairs - www.jossbay.co.uk
Kent Surf School, Broadstairs - www.kentsurfschool.co.uk
Kite Pirates, Ramsgate - www.visitthanet.co.uk/attractions/sup-safaris-81408/
Active Ramsgate Sea Kayaking - www.visitramsgate.co.uk/kayaking/
Stay in a Green & Fair hotel
Tour operator TUI has announced its 'Green & Fair' label, which will highlight hotels that have been certified as sustainable by an independent organisation. This means the hotel meets a strict standard of sustainability credentials, known as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria. Not only will this make it easier for customers to identify hotels with more planet-friendly practices, but when a customer books a Green & Fair hotel, TUI will donate £1 per adult and £0.50p per child to the TUI Care Foundation, generating valuable additional funds for the foundation.
TUI currently has more than 650 hotels now on sale that have been badged with the Green & Fair kitemark on the TUI website and are spread across some of the globe's must-see cities and beach spots. Las Vegas, Cancun, Cyprus, and Majorca are just a few of the destinations that customers can choose from. www.tui.co.uk/destinations/info/sustainability