If you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint when you plan your next holiday, then there’s one easy way to do this. Don’t leave your own country and see what it has to offer. Many people are guilty of not exploring their own countries and always flying off to see somewhere else more ‘exciting’.
However, just by travelling a few hours in any direction, you can usually find yourself in a part of the UK that is completely unknown territory to you. And a great way to see these different places is by camping or caravanning.
Camping makes for cheap summer holidays – whether you stay in a mobile home belonging to the campsite, or if you come along with your tent in the boot of the car. Of course, having your own caravan requires an initial sizeable investment but then you’ll have holiday accommodation on wheels for many years to come.
Some of the best places to camp in the UK are by the coast, whether you head down to Devon and Cornwall or up to the Scottish Highlands, there are campsites dotted all over the place and often they are located in the most idyllic of places. Campsites usually have great facilities too – such as indoor swimming pools, a bar and restaurant, so you don’t necessarily have to eat beans and hotdogs all week!
They’re also great places to take the kids, as there are always plenty of other children around for them to make friends with, and lots of space to run around while still being safe on the campsite grounds.
Of course, not everyone wants to go to the beach. Instead, you could head to many of the magnificent inland territories, like the Lake District or the Peak District. Top of the activity list here would be hiking, climbing and hill-walking, though of course, in the Lakes there’s plenty of opportunity to do water sports. If you can, choose activities that have a minimal impact on the environment while you’re there.
So, next summer, think about not getting on a plane and see some of your home country instead – it may surprise you how much you enjoy it.