After being forced to stay at home for the past year we are all hankering for a holiday and after planning a wedding every couple loves to treat themselves to a swanky honeymoon.
You might be wondering that acting sustainably means you have to forego tropical islands and summer sun. However, that is not always the case, we think you can do this somewhat ethically, you might just need to spend a bit longer planning.
We have broken down for you some great places to go and some great things to keep in mind.
Look out for a hotel/resort’s sustainability policy:
If a company features this heavily on their social media or website, you know they are taking sustainability seriously. However, you are venturing on your honeymoon so don’t be afraid to ask them questions to find out more about where they at. This will also help you gage whether they are just ‘greenwashing’ or whether they actually care about being ethical.
Some things to ask or look out for:
- Can someone chat through their sustainability policy with you?
- Are they carbon neutral, or are they working towards it?
- What are their accreditations/certifications if they claim to have any?
- What are they doing on a day-by-day basis to help the environment?
- What are their energy sources?
- Are they doing anything with the local community or local economy?
- Are they helping make a difference to wider legislation or impact their sector?
- What does their supply chain look like? I.e., where does the food they serve come from?
Only do activities which don’t harm the environment:
When you go on your honeymoon, couples in their newly wed bliss like to take on all sorts of adventures. However, when dealing with activities with animals or when buying gifts to take back home it is key to avoid buying anything from animals encase, they are endangered, or it was obtained cruelly.
To do different activities, it is better to come away from the tourist areas and experience local. Our key tip is to get yourself a walking tour guide who knows the place well!
Think about travel:
There is always lots of travel involved in your honeymoon. So, our top tip is to take public transport where you can. Depending on where you go you can get buses, water taxis or trains, which are all better for the environment than a single car journey or a flight.
However, when you are at your destination, try to walk or cycle to as many places as possible. Trust us when you will get a real experience of the city you visit this way as well!
Another option of course is to carbon offset your emissions from you flights or travel, some eco-resorts will even offer this as an option for you so always look out for it. If not some great offsetting companies are:
Whilst we are a wedding venue, sustainability is so important to us, so if you want to chat honeymoons be sure to drop us an email!