From glamping to experiential tourism, here are some ways and choices you might have never thought of to enjoy a luxury travel that respects the environment as well as the territory.
This said, the introduction is not that useless: I’ve had quite a number of fairly “plush” trips and experiences either on business or for a special offer, including situations I’ve had the chance to be part of even though I am not (yet) that wealthy.
Moreover, some of my customers do relate perfectly to the industry of “luxury tourism”.
Therefore, I’ve had the chance to see with my own eyes how much this form of tourism leans towards environmental sustainability and the protection of natural resources.
This post aims then to be a starting point to get more feedback from you as well as a list of small tips to be used by those who love travelling in the “luxury” industry but are at the same time interested in well-being and the protection of the places they visit.
I don’t reckon these two things are incompatible, quite the opposite. I’m sure that the ethical luxury benchmark is the new real form of class, against the tacky and showy behaviour of Briatore and friends.
1 – Choose a villa with en suite facilities and related activities instead of a resort.
By dealing with the communications of luxury-oriented companies, I could see that many resorts offering all-inclusive stays have the same cost of high-level villas with garden, swimming-pool and private access to the sea. Yet, all-inclusive resorts have their tourists locked up within golden walls.
Customers choosing for an all-inclusive experience don’t get to know nor interact with local people, besides spending one or maybe a couple of evenings out in some contracted or discounted place. To sum up, resorts don’t redistribute that much wealth in the local areas.
A stay in a villa or masseria, on the contrary, encourages guests to go out and interact with the place. Some Italian and foreign agencies offer customers the possibility to enjoy different activities in luxury villas, according to their interests (yoga, pilates, water gym, chess etc.), but with locals. This helps local economies and small business that will have to go on working regardless of your travel period or needs as a tourist.
2 – Look for experiences (like this)
How many #boattours fans are there? How many of you like the sea wind touching your tanned skin, your hair twisting in the air, the sea drops and the smell of the sea all over your happy face? If you do, let me tell you that not all boat tours are the same. Some of them can even give you more and make you feel better as a traveler and as a person. Like the one I recently joined with @tourango. Read more by link in bio.
Someone may correctly point out that the good thing about an all-inclusive stay is that many activities are actually included, from massages to water gym, papier-mâché classes to appease the kids for a few hours to the tango class to make mom happy.
Yet, these activities are often useful to make time pass quickly, when you’ve got nothing else to do besides relaxing.
Experiential tourism is instead the perfect way to get to know the area by arranging activities with local experts, who will tell you about the history and main features of a place besides suggesting local experiences. Not necessarily on the cultural side, by the way! You can choose to have a street food experience or go and have fun in the dance clubs. Then culture and green tours as well.
3 – Choose your accommodation based on the environmental sustainability of the materials
Many hotels and B&B have by now invested in environmentally friendly solutions for materials and facilities, that is why their average cost is high (a solar installation or a facility with self-sustaining energy are very expensive to build and amortize). Yet, they are the right choice to combine our highly deserved cuddles with an ethical trip.
4 – Have you ever heard of glamping?
The blending of the words glamour and camping, which makes it easy to realize that this type of accommodation combines the comfort of a hotel with being in contact with nature and the surrounding environment. A glamping business is often started to offer a “sit back” experience to people who have their own environmental sensitivity and would like to get to know better the local area.
Well, I’d really go for a glamping experience! What about you?