Need a break but guilt-sick about all those budget flights? Going on holiday doesn't have to mean throwing sustainability out of the window.
According to Ben Lynam of the Travel Foundation, there's a lot we can can do to make sure that our travels have a positive impact. Firstly, decide if your flight is really worth it. "If there are alternatives to flying that's great, but there aren't always. If no one flew to a particular destination and tourism in that region collapsed would that a good thing? Probably not." Next, don't always assume that a smaller company automatically means a better company. "A big hotel might be equipped with the latest green technology or it might be able to harvest rainwater and manage its own sewage." Look out for accreditations – the Global Sustainable Travel Council has a list of the best.
Try these trip ideas for the conscious traveler (with some holiday porn thrown in for good measure).
The adventurous one
Brake The Cycle run multi-day cycling tours across Europe, staying in eco-communities along the way. Not for the faint hearted, the next tour in early September goes from Milan to Barcelona (that's a long way). The price includes main meals, cycle snacks and accommodation.
The city break
Over in Amsterdam, Ecomama offers a civilised experience – somewhere between a hostel and a co-living space, it promises a sustainable heating system and regularly donates part of your room rate to charitable causes. Eurostar has promised direct trains from London to Amsterdam by the end of 2017.
Ecoteer tries to help navigate the rocky area of volunteering holidays. It's difficult to judge which projects truly need your help and which are just after your cash (turns out saving turtles over in Costa Rica can be hella expensive). Projects range from wildlife protection to English teaching.
The eco architecture palace
Five hours drive north of Oslo, Juvet Hotel is a vision of minimalist eco-architecture, with individual glass and natural wood rooms jutting out from the Norwegian landscape. It's designed to complement the natural environment, while leaving a minimal footprint. Handily, (and completely hidden from view) there's also a spa.
H O T E L. If there is one place that can easily be called "exceptional", this must be it. Deep in the Norwegian mountain, it leaves you feeling speechless and... alive. This is also where a famous Ex-Machina with Alicia Vikander was filmed. There is little more left to be desired for when staying at this, very different, hotel. #MyAvventure #JuvetHotel
The ultimate in luxury
The Lefay Resort on Lake Garda is first and foremost a 5-star spa resort. But it puts environmental wellbeing (along with personal well-being) at the centre of its mission. Its eco-awards list is exhausting, and was judged to be 100 per cent 'carbon neutral' in 2016. It also makes a conscious effort to employ people from the local area, and encourages guests to take part in local activities.
The trip of a lifetime
Safari, fishing, canoeing, safari, more safari. Caiman Ecological Refuge in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil is a member of The Long Run, which promises "excellence in sustainability" in all its members.