Now, more than ever, tourists are aware of the impact of their travels, both ecologically and culturally. There is a growing desire to go green, and people are slowly but surely making a conscious effort to consider ethical and environmentally-friendly aspects when planning their trips, both at home and abroad.
Designed by a Brazilian firm mf+ arquitetos, Casa Spain is a stunning forest retreat that blends natural environmental design with a modern aesthetic to create a spacious family holiday home. Located in Calas de Guisando, near Madrid, the brief for this 1,980sqm house was to be open, light, organic and welcoming. The owners wanted it to blend in with the natural habitat as subtly as possible. Surrounded by tall pines and greenery, Casa Spain is secluded with a peaceful ambience – perfect for families looking to leave the hustle and bustle of the urban life behind.
With so many holiday options for travellers these days, it’s hard to narrow down your choices. Do you go beach or mountain? Adventure or cultural? If you’re not sure what you want to do, here are five great eco-friendly holiday options to consider.
From lush green paddy fields to coastal limestone mountains, delicious smelling street stalls to colonial influenced architecture, Vietnam offers travellers a distinctly different experience.
Snow sports holidays take place in a very delicate environment and although we love the natural exhilaration of whizzing through the mountains, there is no doubt that mountain resorts can be damaging to the very environment they celebrate.
With the now incredibly organic, fair-trade, sustainably-sourced Union Square Holiday Market, Union Square may just be the greenest place in New York City.
Have you been seeing all the usual eco-chic holiday gift guides making the rounds? The same things crop up again and again, so we thought it was time to come up with an all-new gift guide this year. Here are 27 rocking holiday gifts to keep you connected to the world, set the stage for your next ecoadventure, or outfit you with the most sustainable gear.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is the closest snow field to Melbourne and although it doesn’t cater to downhill skiers it is the centre for cross country skiing in Victoria. Visitors can also try their hand – or foot – at snowshoeing, tobogganing and good old snowman making.
It’s that time of year again, when you run around like a headless chicken wondering if you’re going to get everything sorted in time. You ask yourself, “Why am I not more organised this year?” and make a solemn promise to be more prepared next year. Yep, we’ve all been there. Every year. For you, my punctually challenged friend, we have a fabulous list of last-minute eco friendly gifts you’ll be able to purchase just in time for Christmas. Reusable water bottle A whopping 500 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold across the world in 2017. That’s 1 million bottles bought every minute; 20,000 per second. The vast majority (79%) of these bottles end up in landfill and our oceans. Those horrifying statistics could be much better by each of us changing just one thing — making a move to using refillable water bottles. There are so many beautiful designs available on the market that there’s really no excuse to have to buy single-use water bottles ever again. The only decision you need to make …
While we’re waiting for the world to open following a horrendous year for travel, let’s keep dreaming and planning. Here Anna Timbrook from Expert World Travel shares her insider knowledge of sustainable travel in Switzerland.