Lara Jameson

Eco-friendly accommodations to consider while planning your trip

Eco-Friendly Accommodations: A Must-Have for Your Next Trip

As a travel writer, I have been fortunate enough to explore many beautiful destinations around the world. And in my travels, I have come to realize the importance of sustainable and eco-friendly practices, not just for the environment but also for the local communities. That’s why I make it a point to stay at eco-friendly accommodations whenever possible. Not only do they offer unique experiences, but they also leave a positive impact on the places I visit. In this blog post, I will share with you some of the best eco-friendly accommodations I have stayed at, and why you should consider them for your next trip.

Treehouses, Glamping, and Other Unique Stays

Who says staying at an eco-friendly accommodation means sacrificing comfort and luxury? I have discovered some amazing treehouses, glamping sites, and other unique stays that not only offer a memorable experience but also promote sustainable practices.

One of my favorites is the Treehotel in Sweden. Nestled in the forest, this hotel features several treehouses designed by different architects, each with its own unique theme. Not only do these treehouses blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, but they also have minimal impact on the environment. Plus, the hotel uses renewable energy sources and has a waste management system in place.

If you want to experience glamping, I highly recommend the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Canada. This luxurious campsite offers safari-style tents with comfortable amenities such as king-sized beds, hot showers, and gourmet meals. But what sets this place apart is its commitment to sustainability. The resort uses solar power, composts waste, and sources its food locally to reduce its carbon footprint.

Hotels with Green Certifications

For those who prefer traditional hotel stays, there are plenty of options that have green certifications and practices in place. One such hotel is Casa de La Flora in Thailand. This beachfront hotel has been built using sustainable materials and features energy-efficient systems. It also has a water treatment system and uses solar energy for its hot water supply. Plus, the hotel supports the local community by sourcing produce from nearby farms and promoting cultural experiences for its guests.

Another great option is the Bardessono Hotel & Spa in California. This LEED Platinum certified hotel has implemented numerous green initiatives, from using solar panels and energy-efficient lighting to offering electric vehicle charging stations. The hotel also has a rooftop garden that supplies herbs and produce for its restaurant and spa.

Community-Based Tourism

One of the best ways to support the local community and promote sustainable tourism is by staying at community-based accommodations. These are typically run by locals, with a focus on preserving the environment and culture of the area.

I had the pleasure of staying at the Hacienda Cusin in Ecuador, a beautiful colonial-style estate that has been restored and run by a local family. The hotel has implemented various sustainable practices, such as using solar water heaters, composting, and supporting local artisans. The best part? The owners are actively involved in community projects, such as reforestation and providing education opportunities for local children.

In Kenya, I stayed at the Il Ngwesi Lodge, a community-owned eco-lodge that offers breathtaking views of the African savannah. The lodge has been built using local materials and operates sustainably by using solar power and harvesting rainwater. The profits from the lodge go towards conservation efforts and supporting the local Maasai community.

Tips for Choosing an Eco-Friendly Accommodation

When planning your next trip, keep these tips in mind to ensure you choose an eco-friendly accommodation:

– Look for green certifications or awards, such as LEED or Green Globe.
– Research the hotel’s sustainability practices and initiatives.
– Support community-based accommodations and local businesses.
– Consider alternative accommodations such as treehouses or glamping sites.
– Choose accommodations that promote cultural experiences and support the local community.

Final Thoughts

Choosing an eco-friendly accommodation not only benefits the environment but also supports the local community and offers unique and unforgettable experiences. So, whether you’re planning a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous safari, make sure to consider these eco-friendly options for a truly sustainable and responsible trip. Happy travels!