Eco-Friendly Travel
Travelling with a clear conscious can be tricky these days, the emphasis on climate change and how we are contributing to it with flying, car journeys, rides on jet skies, in helicopters, motorbikes you name it. Anything that uses an engine fuelled by a fossil fuel is to one extent or another bad news for the environment. Until there is the technology to replace the internal combustion engine we cant all feel guilty about our reliance on it, however, we can make the choice to be more eco-conscious when we are on holiday. This list is not fully comprehensive, nor is every alternative going to be viable in every destination, but this is, at least a starting point for those serious about eco-tourism.
Walk
This one might be painfully obvious to some, but it is surprising how many people dont even consider walking to locations barely a mile away from where they are staying. It is these short journeys which can be as much of a contributor to your carbon footprint, over time than a flight or something similar. It has already been said many times before this, but walking is good for you and gives you much, much more chance to appreciate the surroundings around you. A meandering walk through the streets of Barcelona for example, can present to you many glorious sights you would have otherwise missed streaking past in a taxi.
Bike
Cycling is still one of the most efficient forms of transport and the only fuel and emissions are what enters and exits the rider. Like walking, riding a bike can easily be the feature of a holiday (i.e. biking through Wales or the French Alps if you are feeling more exotic) just as easily as it can be a great way of getting from one point to another. Whilst you are not always going to be able to take your bike away with you, especially if you are travelling with family, many destinations do provide bike hire which you can use when you like.
Public transport
Whilst most public transport still runs on fossil fuels, it is far more efficient having one bus transport 30 or 40 passengers than having even have half as many cars on the road. Public transport does come with its own challenges, understanding the local language; negotiating timetables and such, but arriving at a destination after successfully navigating Madrids subways does fill you with a feeling of satisfaction and brings you closer to a more authentic experience.
Horse/ Camel
You may balk at this or dismiss the idea altogether, but travelling by horse or camel has been the transport of choice centuries and still is today in some places. Perhaps not so fit for making your way though a sprawling metropolis like New York, for more remote locations like Mongolia, Tunisia or even those closer to home like the National Parks of the UK, this provides a travel experience like no other.
Location
The choices you make will obviously be reliant on your destination, there isnt always going to be an abundance of camels or horses to hitch a ride on, but you do have some control over this too. The biggest thing to think about when you are booking your holiday is the location of where you are staying, i.e. how far away you are from everything. If you can reduce the amount of travel (and thus the amount of transport needed) you will find it much, much easier to use the alternate methods suggested here without too much trouble. Just being mindful of the impact the transport your chose will have and a little extra planning around this can make all the difference.
About the Author
Christian Brown is an avid travel writer and born again eco-tourist. He has written for many travel blogs in the past and more recently Travel & Leisure Group, trusted experts at helping those who want to sell their timeshares.

Travelling with a clear conscious can be tricky these days, the emphasis on climate change and how we are contributing to it with flying, car journeys, rides on jet skies, in helicopters, motorbikes you name it. Anything that uses an engine fuelled by a fossil fuel is to one extent or another bad news for the environment. Until there is the technology to replace the internal combustion engine we cant all feel guilty about our reliance on it, however, we can make the choice to be more eco-conscious when we are on holiday. This list is not fully comprehensive, nor is every alternative going to be viable in every destination, but this is, at least a starting point for those serious about eco-tourism.

Walk

This one might be painfully obvious to some, but it is surprising how many people dont even consider walking to locations barely a mile away from where they are staying. It is these short journeys which can be as much of a contributor to your carbon footprint, over time than a flight or something similar. It has already been said many times before this, but walking is good for you and gives you much, much more chance to appreciate the surroundings around you. A meandering walk through the streets of Barcelona for example, can present to you many glorious sights you would have otherwise missed streaking past in a taxi.

Bike

Cycling is still one of the most efficient forms of transport and the only fuel and emissions are what enters and exits the rider. Like walking, riding a bike can easily be the feature of a holiday (i.e. biking through Wales or the French Alps if you are feeling more exotic) just as easily as it can be a great way of getting from one point to another. Whilst you are not always going to be able to take your bike away with you, especially if you are travelling with family, many destinations do provide bike hire which you can use when you like.

Public transport

Whilst most public transport still runs on fossil fuels, it is far more efficient having one bus transport 30 or 40 passengers than having even have half as many cars on the road. Public transport does come with its own challenges, understanding the local language; negotiating timetables and such, but arriving at a destination after successfully navigating Madrids subways does fill you with a feeling of satisfaction and brings you closer to a more authentic experience.

Horse/ Camel

You may balk at this or dismiss the idea altogether, but travelling by horse or camel has been the transport of choice centuries and still is today in some places. Perhaps not so fit for making your way though a sprawling metropolis like New York, for more remote locations like Mongolia, Tunisia or even those closer to home like the National Parks of the UK, this provides a travel experience like no other.

Location

The choices you make will obviously be reliant on your destination, there isnt always going to be an abundance of camels or horses to hitch a ride on, but you do have some control over this too. The biggest thing to think about when you are booking your holiday is the location of where you are staying, i.e. how far away you are from everything. If you can reduce the amount of travel (and thus the amount of transport needed) you will find it much, much easier to use the alternate methods suggested here without too much trouble. Just being mindful of the impact the transport your chose will have and a little extra planning around this can make all the difference.

Christian Brown is an avid travel writer and born again eco-tourist. He has written for many travel blogs in the past and more recently Travel & Leisure Group, trusted experts at helping those who want to sell their timeshares.