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Research from Sykes Holiday Cottages found that one in five are now more likely to consider a staycation because of concerns for the environment.

UK holidays have grown in popularity since travel restrictions were eased as bookings for next year are already surging ahead.

While the trend has obviously been fuelled by the pandemic, it’s also because many holidays want a more sustainable travel experience.

Research from Sykes Holiday Cottages found that one in five (19%) UK adults are now more likely to consider a staycation because of their concerns for the environment.

Removing the need to fly abroad and with so many eco-friendly accommodation options available, it’s easy to see why people are opting to stay closer to home for a more sustainable break.

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To help continue to drive for more eco-friendly breaks, Sykes Holiday Cottages has partnered with National Parks to share some top tips on responsible travel:

Location, location, location

When choosing a location for a UK break, take into consideration how to minimise impact on the environment.

Travelling by train or another form of public transport is going to be much better for the environment, and also takes away the worry and stress of driving to a new location. Instead, you can grab your favourite snacks, sit back, and catch up with your friends or family on route to your destination.

Not taking a car also means you can explore the area surrounding your holiday home on foot or by bike, which is often easier.

Choose accommodation wisely

From shepherd’s huts to eco-friendly cottages, there has never been a wider range of sustainable accommodation options.

Sykes Holiday Cottages has a number of properties with strong eco-credentials, including several with electric car charging points, solar panels, eco-friendly hot water systems or even air source heat pumps which use electricity rather than fuel to keep guests warm during the winter.

Any booking also helps support the vital work of National Parks in looking after amazing landscapes across the UK.

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Plan a green itinerary

Once you’ve decided on a location and property for your staycation, planning your activities and meals out is usually the next step – and it is easy to choose green options.

From restaurants that source produce and ingredients locally, to factoring a beach clean-up into your plans, a quick bit of research could help find sustainable places and events to fill a holiday itinerary.

There are also numerous volunteering opportunities at National Park locations across the UK from habitat management, path maintenance and construction, participating in this while staycationing can be a great way to unwind and see more of the local wildlife and scenery.

Try to buy local

Check out the local farmer’s markets and cafes that are based in your holiday location.

Supporting these rural businesses enables them to continue to farm using sustainable methods and buying your necessities nearby can reduce your carbon footprint. It also means you can give back to local tourism communities that might have faced challenges of their own in the past 18 months.

Make small changes to help the planet

Although they might feel small, there are several little changes you could make to your trip that will all add up.

For example, packing a reusable coffee cup, water bottle, food containers and shopping bags can be a time saver and help you to become a more sustainable traveller.

Keeping the lights off in rooms you’re not using at your holiday let or hotel and turning off the resident kitchen appliances will reduce the amount of energy you expend while on a trip.

By Brett Gibbons

Source: Wales Online

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