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Tips for booking a sustainable holiday

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The last year has led consumers to be much more sustainably focused, the public are becoming consistently more engaged and putting their money where their mouth is. With travel on hold for the best part of the last year, sustainable options are becoming more favourable. Whether that be supporting independent businesses or choosing an environmental option.

Small group tour specialist, Rabbie’s (www.rabbies.com), specialises in sustainable travel and has shared its top tips to consider when booking an eco-friendly holiday.

  • Consider your mode of transport

While it’s hard to resist the temptation of a self-drive holiday post-pandemic, this convenient way of getting around is not the most eco-friendly. Travelling using communal transport modes, such as by small mini-bus, is a much more fuel-efficient option to reduce your carbon emissions while travelling. Domestic coach tours are a great way to explore the country and visit destinations off-the-beaten track in a sustainable way by lowering the number of independent vehicles on the road.

  • Visit smaller communities

Steer clear of tourist hot-spots and opt to visit destinations that are typically out of reach. Areas outside of the standard sightseeing trail have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Tourism spend is worth so much more to these smaller communities and sustainable travellers have an opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of locals. Consider taking a trip to areas such as the Isle of Wight, North Wales and the lesser-known lakes of the Lake District.

  • Leave no trace

Particularly important when choosing to visit natural beauty locations, travellers should aim to leave places as they found them (or in some circumstances, in a better shape than when they arrived). Travelling on a small group tour allows for groups to avoid making loud noise and let nature’s sound prevail. A local, knowledgeable guide will help to ensure that travellers respect the communities being visited to ensure an enjoyable journey for those on the tour, as well as those who will visit next. With so many amazing natural beauty locations to visit across the UK such as the woodlands of the Peak District National Park and the beaches of Lewis and Harris, it’s vital to preserve these destinations for years to come.

  • Choose a responsible operator

Selecting to holiday with a sustainable and morally-sound operator will ensure you’re making the world a better place through travel. Tour companies with substantial green credentials and responsible travel initiatives are a great way to reduce the impact your travels have on the environment in which you are visiting. Small-group touring company, Rabbie’s, have environmental protection as a core focus of the business. The company even taxes itself £10 for every tonne of CO2 they use, with staff then voting on which community or environmental project this money should go towards each year.

With social distancing measures in place, reduced group sizes and increased cleaning measures, Rabbie’s offers worry-free journeys so you can enjoy a sustainable staycation without concerns. To arrange a private tour call Rabbie’s on +44(0) 131 226 3133 or email explore@rabbies.com, or for scheduled group tours see www.rabbies.com

About Rabbie’s

Established in 1993 by Robin Worsnop, in Edinburgh, Rabbie’s was a ‘1-man, 1-van’ business. Currently, Rabbie’s provide award-winning small-group tours departing from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, London, Manchester and Dublin. Starting in 2021, Rabbie’s will be operating private tours across western Europe, giving travellers the chance to explore hidden gems in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland. In 2018 the company was recognised in the TripAdvisor Traveler Choice Awards, topping the category for Top 10 Multi-Day Tours — World, and a number of top five runner up accolades. In 2019 Rabbie’s was acknowledged with a Bronze award in the Armed Forces’ Employer Recognition Scheme, for its pledge to support the armed forces, including existing or prospective team members, while promoting being an armed forces friendly employer.

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