The website www.ecofriendlytourist.com reports that millions of Britons have just been given extra time off work and suggests some great short break ideas
Good news! From 1st October millions of Britons are able to take extra time off. Thanks to a change in the rules for people who work a five day week the holiday entitlement has increased from 20 to 24 days a year. What’s more from April 2009 it will go up again to 28 days. Part time workers aren’t losing out because their allowance has gone up in proportion.
It is believed the statutory changes affect an estimated six million employees who until now have had bank holidays deducted from their annual leave. Yet it seems we’re a nation of workaholics. A new survey this month by holiday firm Original Travel revealed that even before the new rules came into force four out of ten workers in the UK failed to take their annual holiday allowance.
So, what to do with that extra free time? Why not recharge the batteries with a short break. Here are some tips for eco-friendly short breaks in the UK to help make sure all that holiday leave – including those extra days – doesn’t go to waste.
Natural Retreats is a recently opened hideaway at Aislabeck in the Yorkshire Dales which claims to be the UK’s first luxury sustainable holiday location. There are ten self catering lodges set in 50 acres of countryside. Their eco-friendly features include sedum roofs, insulation made from recycled paper, spring water and a natural reed bed system for sewage disposal. Each accommodates up to 6 people and is equipped with all mod cons.
The Town House Company owns four boutique hotels in the heart of Edinburgh. Newly listed this month in the ecofriendlytourist.com accommodation guide they are The Howard, Channings, The Bonham and The Edinburgh Residence. The hotels are traditional townhouse buildings with many of the period characteristics of the city’s New Town area. They have all been given a seal of approval by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
The Savoy is one of London’s quintessential landmark hotels and offers luxury weekend packages. It has introduced several measures to cut down on energy usage, reduce waste and recycle. It is scheduled to close in December for a 100 million pound overhaul lasting over a year. So time is running out to experience its distinctive style – or else you’re in for a long wait. For those on a tighter budget
Deepdale backpackers’ hostel and campsite at Burnham Deepdale on the north Norfolk coast is running a winter programme with a range of courses, guided walks, quizzes, activity breaks, festive celebrations and its annual Conservation Weekend next March.
Tyf Eco Hotel is in west Wales. It was converted from an 18th century windmill and is close to the beach, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the centre of St. David’s. It runs adventure activities including rock climbing, surfing, kayaking and coasteering (getting around the coastline in a range of exciting ways). Check its website for dates and details.
ENDS NOTES FOR EDITORS For information about the new holiday entitlement rules visit the government DTI’s website.http://www.dti.gov.uk/employment/holidays/faq/index.html#one http://www.dti.gov.uk/employment/holidays/faq/index.html#one
There are links for the accommodation websites and their listings on ecofriendlytourist.com