Summers are getting hotter here in Gloucestershire, so it’s more important than ever to be climate-conscious – and making greener choices when you go on holiday or for a day out is no exception.
SoGlos caught up with Visit Gloucestershire to get their tips on how to spend a greener summer holiday in Gloucestershire, including sipping a local beer, letting someone else drive and reconnecting with nature on a an ecological retreat.
About the Expert — Steve Gardner-Collins of Visit Gloucestershire
With the aim of creating a sustainable tourism industry for the county, Steve Gardner-Collins is the director of Visit Gloucestershire and helps hospitality and tourism businesses in the county work together to share experiences, resources and expertise.
From encouraging visitors and residents to support local businesses, to helping Gloucestershire businesses become more sustainable, accessible and successful, Visit Gloucestershire is a county champion on the local and national stage.
With increasingly hot summers and increasingly apparent climate change, how important is it for vacationers to keep an eye on their carbon footprint?
Responsible travel is increasingly popular. Conscious travelers will be aware of what is happening around us – we have seen it with the weather around the world lately, with how hot it has been in Europe. Climate change and carbon footprint are definitely things we all need to be aware of.
And it’s not just weather related of course, you have choices to make when you go out and the impact of those choices on the environment and people is really important to consider.
Are staycations a greener alternative to holidays abroad?
Not necessarily. While there are many factors to consider, staycations aren’t always guaranteed to be eco-friendly. Generally, traveling in your car to and around the county will have its impacts; your food and drink purchase choices; and what you do during your visit can have a negative impact on the environment around you, so it is important to be mindful even when you are staying in this country.
Is Gloucestershire a good choice for holidaymakers looking for sustainable stays?
There are so many options in Gloucestershire to help holidaymakers make the choices that matter. Check out 15 sustainable eco stays and retreats in Gloucestershire for eco-friendly inspiration on where to stay in the county.
If travelers aren’t ready for a full eco-retreat, but want to take steps to have a greener summer vacation, what are some simple things they can do to reduce their impact on the environment while on vacation? in Gloucestershire?
Some common daily practices you should continue to do while on vacation include things like avoiding plastic bags and taking reusable shopping bags with you when you visit local markets.
Pack light, every kilo counts. The more a car weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces, so only take what you need – there’s plenty of shopping to do in Gloucestershire, so bring the essentials and pick up anything you might have need during your stay.
Taking public transport is one of the best things you can do for the environment when traveling. This means that you create no additional carbon emissions from private transport. It will also add to your travel experience, providing you with opportunities to interact with the locals.
Drink a locally brewed beer and not only will you likely enjoy high quality beer, but your drink can be low carbon by reducing “beer mileage”. The same goes for eating local produce, Gloucestershire being famous for its fantastic cuisine.
With so much gorgeous greenery like the Cotswolds countryside and the lush Forest of Dean just a stone’s throw away, there must be plenty of eco-friendly activities to enjoy during the summer holidays?
I think the big point here is to keep in mind getting to and from great places and things to do. There’s plenty of green space you can explore and stunning scenery to really connect with the Gloucestershire landscape and the people who live here, just bBe aware of the impact you have during your visit – your transport choices, where you stay, what you eat and drink.
You can consciously have an ecological tour when you think about what you are doing.
What other green options are there besides the great outdoors? Are there plenty of eco-friendly indoor attractions if the weather is gloomy?
Gloucestershire is full of eco-friendly indoor attractions, from the Cotswold Farm Park which has plenty of indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers, to places like the Gloucester Museum which has a long-term plan to improve sustainability .
When choosing places to stay, check out SoGlos’ list of sustainable stays and eco-retreats in Gloucestershire for eco-friendly accommodation ideas, with everything from treehouses to cozy caravans where you can curl up with a good book. a rainy day !
For people on holiday with children or dogs, traveling by car is probably the preferred option – are there more eco-friendly ways to get around Gloucestershire? What are the easiest places to visit without a car?
With children and pets, you don’t have to take the car. Gloucestershire trains and buses are pet friendly. you can also hire bikes with carts for those little legs that can’t cope with the rolling slopes of Gloucestershire.