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Going green while getting a tan?

13 July 2010 11:59

Going green while getting a tan?

The ‘green’ ethos and way of living is familiar to most people.  More people are recycling and trying to reduce their energy consumption at home, doing their bit for the environment.  But research from ABTA and the Travel Foundation shows that almost half of Britons admit their green habits are forgotten the minute they arrive on holiday.

The research, which has been commissioned as part of part of the first “make holidays greener” week from 26 June -3 July, highlights that one in five holidaymakers admit that they switch off completely when they’re on a beach break and don’t ever consider the environment.  And almost 90 per cent of people say that they regularly recycle bottles, cans and paper in their day-to-day life, but less than half keep up the good work when they go away.

The campaign is being run by The Travel Foundation and urges people to do three things on their summer break this year to make a difference to the place they are visiting and the people that live there.

There are some quick and easy wins when it comes to keeping a hint of green while topping up the tan.  Everyone can play a part, from shopping for souvenirs in local markets to booking excursions with local guide and not having towels laundered on a daily basis to turning off air-conditioning when it’s not needed.

You could even go all out and book a holiday bursting at the seams with green credentials and you won’t have to compromise on comfort, luxury or style. Eco tourism and sustainable tourism destinations and retreats are becoming more popular.  As well as providing people with a more environmentally friendly holiday they also offer amazing experiences.

Whether its seeing the wildlife and traditional Maasai village culture in Kenya, taking part in the Borneo Orangutan Adventure or visiting schools in The Gambia with note books and pens, there is a green holiday to suit most people.  And if green really isn’t your colour, then making a small change while on holiday will help to make a big difference.

Travel Insurance specialists World First Travel Insurance offer travellers tailored policies to suit their needs and their holidays, whatever shade of green.

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