Travel Tip Tuesday: Traveling Green … or Blue in some cases.

Traveling green can give us added comfort about our travels, but it will also leave a more positive impression on the place visited and often have more meaningful experiences along the way. Environmental impact of traveling and tourism is of utmost importance today as our carbon footprints could lead the way of the future of our planet for our children, their children, and generations to come. Here at Anywhere Anytime Journeys, we will introduce you to the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) Green Key and Blue Flag Programs. These initiatives are known across the world for their promotion of sustainable business practices and the protection of our valuable natural resources.

The Green Key is a voluntary eco-label awarded to around 2,400 hotels and other establishments in 53 countries. It stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay with the Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level. The high environmental standards expected of these hotels are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits.

Green Key

Here are three hotels awarded the Green Key that are worth checking out.

  1. Hotel Bel Ami (Paris, France)
  2. The Westin Excelsior, Florence (Florence, Italy)
  3. Athenaeum InterContinental Athens (Athens, Greece)

And here are the top three countries.

  1. France
  2. Netherlands
  3. Greece

Explore the map of Green Key establishments or check out the leading countries here.

For the coastal environment, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment. Central to the ideals of the Blue Flag programme is the aim of connecting the public with their surroundings and encouraging them to learn more about their environment. As such, environmental education activities must be offered and promoted as well as a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.

Blue Flag

Here are the top three areas awarded the Blue Flag.

  1. Spain
  2. France
  3. Turkey

Delve into the map of other Blue Flag areas below. Or check out the leading countries here.


For more information, read FEE’s 2015 Annual Report or check out their website.

[SOURCES: Foundation for Environmental Education]

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