You should look for a certificated lodging option if you want the most environmentally friendly option. There are loads of global ones and every nation likewise has their particular testaments. Green Globe, Green Key, and ECOCamping are some of the most well-known ones for environmentally friendly lodging, mostly for camps. Everything from the management of the hostel to the use of water and electricity is covered by these certificates, which are subject to stringent criteria. One of the most stringent certifications is BIO HOTELS, which guarantees that everything you eat and drink during your stay is sustainable.

In addition, Hostelling International has its own environmental certification, and the HI-Q&S certificate is awarded to the eco-friendly HI hostels. You can also offset your carbon footprint while staying in a hostel with Hostelling International. Here, you can learn more about it. Through this sustainability fund, donations are given to hostel projects that are good for the environment. The list goes on. 10% off all HI hostel reservations is available to HI members. Here, you can learn more about it.

However, I do not recommend staying in huge hotel complexes that offer all-inclusive packages, which can be found all along the coasts, from the Caribbean to Thailand. They have a negative effect on the local environment and standard of living. Scientists have found that more than 80% of the money a tourist spends in the Caribbean goes somewhere other than the country they are visiting. This means that while tourists have a great time at private beaches and consume a lot of food and drink, the locals work hard and in bad conditions to make a pittance. Even in places where the two resources aren’t even available, tourists also consume a lot of energy and water.