Sites and platforms to find responsible accommodation for your next trip

Updated: Mar 8


Les Andelys - Normandy

Sustainable travel, Responsible travel, Sustainable tourism.


We hear these keywords more and more, but it's not easy to be sure that it's not gonna be the usual greenwashing. Responsible travel means taking into account all the various dimensions linked to sustainability while planning and experiencing a trip. It's not only about eco-tourism, volunteering or ethical travelling, but also about a real journey to adopt more conscious ways of travelling.


Sustainability has to be taken into account for its 360-degree dimension, which means considering the three pillars:


Economical


- Contribute directly to the local economy without the need of foreign intermediaries such as international hotel chains or tour operators that ensure the destination minimum benefit from the tourism expenditure

- Eat and buy local

- Sleep by locals or choose locally owned accommodation structures

- Choose local tour operators, guides and service providers


Social & Cultural


- Respect the local culture and traditions

- Be in contact with the locals, learn from them and be ready for a real cultural exchange

- Take part in the social development of the destination and learn about the existing conflicts and social issues

- Support projects and initiatives on site with a specific social engagement

- Create a valuable experience both for visitors and locals


Environmental


- Respect the environment, the various species of animals and plants in the area

- Choose low carbon means of transport when possible (train, bike, on foot...)

- Don't waste natural resources and pay attention not to leave wastes in nature



The tourism sector is responsible for about 8% of the global carbon emission, and this is why it's more and more important to be aware of the impacts that we have when we travel. Every choice that we make has consequences, for example by choosing to stay in a responsible structure, we have the guarantee that there's a real engagement to share the tourism benefits within the local community, to provide a real experience and to help preserving the environment. Some intenational labels as Green Globe, Green Key and Travel Life can help you to understand if the structure has an eco-friendly approach. As for camping, this is another responsible solution that we can opt for while dicovering a place!


Here some websites and platforms that will help you to find responsible accommodation for your next trip!


ECO BNB

EcoBnb proposes a great selection of bio hotels, tree houses, bed & breakfast on

the beach, scattered hotels in quaint villages, organic farmhouses surrounded by nature, amazing castles and so more. As they write on their site ''Ecobnb is a journey undertaken to change the way we travel'', which means respecting nature, the economy and local communities.


EcoBnb promotes responsible tourism with low environmental impact: preferring organic food, environmentally friendly routes, slow traveling, the exploration of nearby and authentic places. The concept is 0% carbon emissions and 100% Clean Energy. Servers of Ecobnb are powered 100% by renewable energy produced on-site. The website also gives the possibility to become a eco-host or to suggest a responsible itinerary.

Definitely a sustainable choice!


GREENGO VOYAGES

GreenGo Voyages was born during the global pandemic, a context that gave us the opportunity to re-think our lifestyle and travelling habits in order to reconcile humans with the environment. The aim is to guarantee a fair remuneration to the hosts and a fair price for travellers, while promoting the principles of sustainability to face the environmental and climatic crisis. GreenGo Voyages sets commissions two times lower that many other accommodation platforms as AirBnb or Booking.com!


The four pillars? Honesty, Justice, Excellence & Humility.


ETHIK HOTELS

''To be a man is precisely to be responsible. It is to feel, by laying your stone, that we help build the world.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry