23 Apr 2008 05:04:20
Carbon-conscious travellers holidaying closer to home
The carbon emissions released by short-haul flights may be a consideration for UK holidaymakers, an increasing number of whom are expressing an interest in travelling to English destinations, according to an online travel firm.
The number of enquiries about holiday options in England has increased by 113 percent between January 1st and April 21st when compared to the same time last year, according to responsibletravel.com.
Justin Francis, co-founder of the site, claimed that responsible tourism is gaining in popularity, with travellers encouraged to take fewer and longer holidays and opt for a journey closer to home rather than a short-haul flight destination.
"Every one of us needs to be reducing our everyday carbon output and holidaying closer to home can be a great way to do this, wherever you may be based in the world," he said.
"Appreciating the local character of a place is what travel is all about - it's something unique and truly memorable, whether you are travelling 20 or 20,000 miles from home."
The group suggested surfing breaks in Cornwall, a sea kayaking holiday in north Wales and a trip to a self-catering organic farm as possible green destinations.
According to Virgin Trains, its Pendolino models emit 76 per cent fewer carbon emissions than car or air travel.