Tuesday, May 17, 2011

25 Days to Green Travel: Day Twelve - Green Accommodations

How to Find Green Accommodations

As our last post in the “before you go” section of 25 Days to Green Travel, we’ve chosen to write about finding green accommodations. As greenwashing becomes ever more popular, it’s critical that we are cautious when searching for environmentally-friendly lodging. There are 5 basic types of accommodations to consider when you are looking to lessen your impact: hotels, eco-lodges, hostels, camping, and what I’m going to call “shared housing.” Camping is generally the greenest and hotels are generally the least green.
But before you make your reservations, consider your preferences. Do you want the most environmentally-friendly? The most convenient? The most centrally located? How much are you willing to pay? All of these considerations will factor into your choice of accommodation.
After you’ve answered those questions, use these resources to explore your lodging options.
Camping
Tip: When camping, practice leaving no trace. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.
If you’re looking to camp with your furry friend, check out Kimberly’s 5 Tips for Camping Green with Your Dog.
U.S.
About.com’s Find a Campground Just click on a state to get started.
ReserveAmerica /Reservations.NPS.gov / Recreation.gov
These three sites recently merged. You can search by type of campground, state, park name, and dates.
International
L.L. Bean’s Park Search Thousands of campsites across the world, searchable by country, outdoor activity, or park name.
European 
Europe Camping Guide 5,600 campsites searchable by country.
European Federation of Campingsite Organisations and Holiday Park Associations
Interhike
Book 4,200+ hostels and find information about 19,000+ camping sites in Europe.
Australian
Aussie Camping
Information on the many camping and caravan sites around Australia.
camping.com.au Over 2,800 listed campgrounds and holiday parks, hotels and resorts, campervan, RV and motorhome rentals.
Hostels
HostelBookers No booking fees on all hostel bookings.
HostelWorld
image-3001467-10512647.gif Over 15,000 Hostels in over 168 Countries.
Hostels.com
Featuring 22,897 Hostels and other cheap places to stay worldwide.
Shared Housing
CouchSurfing Meet locals and stay for free, then host travelers in your home. It’s a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit.
WWOOF
: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – Volunteer on organic farms across the world.
You can find more shared housing options in: Vagabondish’s 8 Tools to Help You Travel Forever and Live Rent Free.
Eco-Lodges
Eco Hotel & Lodge Collection An association of environmentally and socially responsible hotels, lodges, inns & resorts.
ResponsibleTravel.com
A selection of eco lodges that caters to the responsible traveller at all budget levels.
Green Hotels
Finding an environmentally-friendly hotel is tricky as I learned when writing Finding Environmentally-Friendly Hotels through Green Accreditation Directories. Many of the directories are pay for link services which don’t require any true standard for listing. Some green accreditation directories include: EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com, Sustainable Travel International, and Audubon International.



This is the twelfth post in Go Green Travel Green’s 25 Days to Green Travel series. You can see the complete list of articles in the 25 Days to Green Travel Index.
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1 comments:

Javier said...

Hi Melanie, I am very glad to find your blog and why your are writing it. My name is Javier Ortiz and I am working on a project called Responsible Hotels @ www.responsiblehotels.travel we are a group of researchers and IT guys working towards developing a comprehensive system to identify hotels by their responsible and green profile. We currently have a BETA version of the web site and in a month time will be launching a 1.0 version with more to come. I would be glad that you have a look and give us your thoughs. You can also find us in http://facebook.com/en.responsiblehotels
Regards from Spain,
Javier