The One Off Places View on Responsible Travel
Here at One Off Places we advocate a bit of individuality, and this one off nature of our properties goes hand in hand with ensuring that your holiday experience remains ‘responsible’. Large resorts are not only often owned by foreign investors, meaning that none of the profits will benefit the local economy, but all the supplies needed to run the resorts are often sourced from far afield, leaving little or no benefit to the local communities.
It’s only in the last few years that climate change and global warming have become ‘in’ topics, but they have been a problem for far longer than that. Although we are great fans of travel, we believe that everyone should be aware of the damaging carbon emissions which are created by road and air travel.
By its very nature, One Off Places advocates individual style properties. Many of the properties are owned by local people thereby ensuring that money is funneled straight back into the local economy. We recommend that anyone staying in a One Off Place sources their food, supplies and services locally and supports the local communities wherever possible. One Off Places is a virtually paperless company – this is made possible through investment in state of the art technical equipment – the business is run from home with the help of up to the minute communication technology. One Off Places recycles any paper it uses and wherever printed materials are produced, it is done using sustainable materials.
If you want to do a bit more in the way of taking responsibility for the environment, then why not seek out our 'greenest' properties? How about a cottage on an organic hill farm powered by its very own wind turbine? Or a completely self-sustainable ‘Earthship’ in Normandy with a whole host of gold stars for its exceptional energy performance? Or this cabin in a peaceful corner of a wildflower meadow, built from locally grown wheat straw?
We believe that anyone going on holiday has a responsibility to the community in which they staying. It is important to be aware that something which is seen as ‘the norm’ in your own country, might be far from it in the country you are visiting. Get yourself a guidebook of the area / country before you go and read up on any local customs, cultures and traditions – not only is this the responsible way to travel, but it can save you some embarrassing situations as well!
Buy local produce, not imported goods – it will almost always taste better, and will ensure that you are supporting local farmers and producers (and is likely not to have used up too many airmiles to get to you either!) Finally, be aware when buying souvenirs – things made by local craftsmen tend to be a good bet, but do be careful not to buy products made from hardwoods or endangered species.