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5 Good Reasons To Go Green On Holiday

Everyone has something to gain from going green, whether for a day, a week or a lifetime. Here are just a few of the benefits you might find by going green on your holiday.

 

1. Quality of Life
We all love to spend time in beautiful places and Northern Ireland’s natural environment is one of the most beautiful in the world. We need to protect this beauty so that local people and visitors can enjoy it both now and in the future. By respecting the principles of sustainable tourism, we will ensure that in the future our beaches are clean, our waters are clear and our air is fresh.

 

2. Improve your health
Walking to the beach instead of taking the car is good for you as well as for your surroundings. Studies have also shown that physical exercise and spending time in a natural environment can improve mental as well as physical health. Holidays are all about a less hectic pace of life, so why not slow things down and see the world in a different way.

3. Save your cash
A green break also makes for a healthy bank account. For example, holidaying close to home will save on travel costs as well as reducing your carbon footprint. Disposable batteries and cameras are an unnecessary expense as well as creating unnecessary waste. And of course, every 5 p for a plastic bag soon adds up. By wasting less you may well be surprised at how much extra cash you find in your wallet at the end of the month.

4. A change is as good as a break
Holidays are all about new experiences and getting away from the norm. You might find that leaving behind modern technology for a few days and escaping to the country on a low carbon outdoors break is surprisingly refreshing.

5. Ease your conscience
Worldwide, the tourism industry plays a part in contributing to carbon emissions, which in turn are contributing to global warming. By practising sustainable tourism here in Northern Ireland, we are doing our bit towards making sure that tourism doesn’t cause hardship for people and creatures in more vulnerable parts of the world.

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