Means of transport
The car (52.4%) is still the most frequently used means of transport to go on holiday, followed by air travel (34.8%). Bicycles, buses and trains are used only by the fewest. But they are the most environmentally friendly means of transport. The following table provides a comparison:
Passenger car: 1.5 persons/car assumed, coach: 60 %, railway (long-distance traffic): 44 %, airplane: 73 %, bus: 21 %, metro/tram: 20 %, railway (local traffic): 21 %.
For this reason, coaches are the most efficient in terms of Co2 emissions, but the railways would be the least efficient in terms of capacity utilisation. The aircraft is clearly the worst performer in this category despite the highest load factor.
In the categories of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions, long-distance rail transport leads. So why not buy a train ticket for your next holiday?
The further away the holiday destination is, the higher the emissions tend to be. So why go to Canada in the mountains, when the Alps are just as beautiful and practically on your doorstep?
However, the bicycle does not emit any emissions (not including the manufacturing process). So how about discovering Germany by bike? And such a holiday is not expensive at all. You can find inspiration for cycling tours and long-distance routes of all kinds here!
The choice of accommodation is also a decisive factor for the environmental and social compatibility of your trip. How energy- and water-saving is your business? What is there to eat? How is nature treated locally and where do the profits go?
You can find out more about ecotourism, inspiration for holiday destinations and a checklist for sustainable travel on Holidayextras. It’s not always easy to stay on top of things. Various labels offer a clue, which are explained and compared here in more detail.
A holiday on an organic farm is a great experience, especially for families with children. On this portal you will find a large selection of farms in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.