Green weekends are becoming more popular – and ‘green holiday’ searches are up 42%

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 28 December 2019

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More than 9,000 planes take off in the UK every day – yet tourism faces challenges as we continue to look for ways to cut our carbon footprint.

European movements like ‘Flight-Free 2019’ – aimed at getting people to pledge to go air-free for the year – have become increasingly popular, and concerns about climate change continue to rise.

According to Forest Holidays, searches for ‘green holiday’ have risen by 42% in the past 12 months, and 86% of global travellers say they’d be willing to offset the environmental impact of their holiday by doing things such as cleaning up litter.

Travel trends

ONS data reveal a dramatic rise in the number of holidays taken by Brits since the ‘90s, with trips under 10 days now more popular than those with a duration of two weeks.

In 2018, the number of Brits taking trips within the UK was 50% higher than those taking trips abroad.

Further research from booking.com reveals over half (53%) of global travellers stated they’d be taking more weekend trips this year.

Around 22% of people enjoy visiting Areas of Outstanding Beauty, while 68% of visitors to the UK’s national parks are from within Britain.

Using your annual leave

Two in five employees only used half of their allocated holiday leave last year, citing reasons such as the fear of falling behind at work or the guilt of handing over work to colleagues.

A staycation can help with reconnecting with loved ones while also taking a break from work. Strategically booking annual leave can help maximise time off, creating an opportunity for multiple mini-breaks and micro-trips on weekends and bank holidays.

Today travellers are looking for more than just value for money when planning holidays. Trends show more people opt for trips that offer experiences rather than just ‘time away from home’.

Click here to read our article about the forest bathing trend that’s hitting the UK.

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