The world’s greenest holiday destinations

Posted on Monday, 27 March 2017

The greenest holiday destinations in the world are both stunning and sustainable

At Airport Park and Ride, we take Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we not only use the greenest energy providers, energy saving bulbs and low emission buses in our car parks, but, we also research the greenest holiday destinations in the world, so you don’t have to.

So, if sustainability is your thing, why not check out one of these environmentally friendly destinations for your next holiday.

Glasgow, Scotland

This one is a bit tongue in cheek, Glasgow isn’t a particularly sustainable city (nor is it particularly emissions-heavy), however, what could reduce your personal carbon footprint more than parking your car in your drive, avoiding a trip to the airport and flying somewhere exotic, and taking a sightseeing trip around bonny Glasgow?

Kelvingrove Art Gallery, The Riverside Museum, Pollock Country Park, the Botanic Gardens are all within the city. There’s plenty of football to be watched, as well.

Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and the Ayrshire coast are all beautiful day trip destinations within relatively short distances, as well.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Widely reputed as a ‘green’ city, we keep being drawn back to Amsterdam in our blogs . But, with good reason, not only is Amsterdam a ‘green’ city, it has a fantastic reputation for its efforts towards sustainability, as well.

With an incredible cyclist and pedestrianised city centre – there are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam – and steps being taken to improve air quality by encouraging the use of public transport, Amsterdam is both beautiful and sustainable.

There’s also a movement that collects unused food from supermarkets and gives it to local charities. The Taste Before You Waste group responsible for this, even serve a three course meal every Wednesday, called Wasteless Wednesdays. Anyone can go to the meal, and there is often leftover food that visitors can take home with them.

Kenya, Africa

Time for an interesting bit of pub quiz trivia: as well as the lions, rhinos and elephants that it is traditionally famous for, Kenya is home to a staggering 11% of the world’s avian species.

By taking a trip to one of Kenya’s National Parks or Reserves, you’re not only seeing some of the most beautiful scenery and animals in the world, you’re also supporting local communities and conservation efforts.

On top of that, Kenya has loads of eco-lodges and sustainable places to stay, that use sustainably sourced energy, water conservation methods and renewable materials.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia is a truly beautiful country, with stunning scenery ranging from mountains with waterfalls tumbling down their sides, to clean cities filled with brilliant architecture and coastlines reminiscent of Venice.

The Capital, Ljubljana, won European Green Capital in 2016. With inhabitants that make a conscious effort to keep it clean and green, some of the cleanest tap water in Europe and free drinking fountains throughout the city it’s easy to see why. The city has also made a huge effort to make its public transport as environmentally friendly with an urban electric train and buses that run on natural gas.

Stockholm, Sweden

The first city to win the European Green Capital award, in 2010, Stockholm aims to be entirely free from fossil fuel usage by 2050 and has cut CO2 emissions per inhabitant by 25% since 1990. It’s a truly beautiful city, too!

Stockholm even has a building, Kungsbrohuset, that is heated solely by people’s body heat. Stockholm’s central transport hub has a geothermal system that captures heat from a daily population of over 200,000 commuters, which then heats water that heats the building.

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver has legislation in place, the ‘Greenest City’ action plan, that aims to make Vancouver the most sustainable, environmentally friendly city in the world by 2020.

Bikes and cycle routes, pedestrianised areas, wind farms and greenspaces are all part of the plan that are already in place. On top of that, the council is encouraging the people pf Vancouver to start beekeeping.

Strange as this may sound, keeping bees can improve sustainability by supporting the bee population and improving the pollination of plants and resulting in better quality produce and better recycling of CO2, by said plants, as a result.

San Francisco, America

Widely known as California’s green city, San Francisco has a very local and sustainable attitude towards food, and is something of a mecca for vegans. There is a huge amount of choice when it comes to vegan restaurants in the city, with vegan takes on sushi and Mexican food.

There is also a very local attitude to the sourcing of ingredients in San Francisco, both in the vegan restaurants and those that cater to carnivores, meaning that lots of the menus are seasonal, based on produce that it locally available.

In addition to this, San Francisco aims to be totally waste free by 2020 and they were the first city to ban plastic bags, in 2007.

Fethiye, Turkey

Situated in the Mulga region, Fethiye is one of Turkey’s most sustainable towns. The Travel Foundation has worked on two huge projects in the area. One that worked to connect local farms to large hotels in the area, and one that sought to eradicate the threats of marine tourism.

Reykjavik, Iceland

ithout a doubt, one of the most beautiful places that we’ve ever seen, Reykjavik – and Iceland in general – is going to great lengths to ensure that it stays that way.

Reykjavik is the home of the world’s largest geothermal heating system – a staggering 90% of Iceland’s homes are heated geothermally. The government has also gone on record, saying that it wants Reykjavik to be completely fossil fuel free by the year 2050.

And if you’re stuck for things to do in Iceland , check out our blog on our favourite activities on this volcanic iceberg.


Over the last 50 years, Singapore has managed to completely transform itself; from a dirty, smoggy dystopia into a clean and innovative metropolis. Interestingly, it also has one of the highest home-ownership rates in the world.

Due to the density of the buildings in Singapore, resulting in a lack of ground for green space, the Government came up with a remarkable idea – sky gardens.

Singapore’s Marina Bay has a 100% green replacement policy, meaning developers must replace all greenery displaced during building. Visiting Marina Bay is an incredibly surreal, science fiction-esque experience. There is nowhere else like it.

On top of the sky gardens (forgive the pun), Singapore is also aiming to introduce Smart Work Centres – shared work spaces, that are located within or near to residential neighbourhoods, allowing for less travel – thus less carbon footprint – and also better quality of life, due to the time saved by not travelling to work.

Airport Park and Ride

When you’re off on your trip to take in the sustainable pleasures of any of the destinations in this blog, make sure that your car is in safe hands.

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