Environmentally friendly traveling with Bookyourtrail®

21. Dec. 2020

Global warming is mostly man-made, climate change is real. And this can also be proven. For us, this is both an obligation and a conviction to do our part to reduce the carbon dioxide content of the air.

The train station shuttle and environmentally friendly and efficient furniture services are among the cornerstones of our “Green Spirit” packages, such as on the Alpe-Adria-Trail ©Nationalpark-Region/Klaus Dapra

It’ s about time to introduce our climate-friendly and environmentally friendly hiking offers – which we call Green Spirit.

Climate change is on everyone’s lips. The various scenarios do not suggest anything good. But what can be done? An African proverb says, “if in many small places many small people do many small things, the face of our earth will change!” I guess it is up to each person to decide for themselves what contribution they are able and willing to make. We from the Trail Angels must therefore also ask ourselves again and again what we can do from our side to make environmentally friendly travel possible for our guests. In doing so, we act on a principle attributed to Immanuel Kant that sums it up perfectly for us: “I can, because I want to do, what I have to do!” We are convinced that we must, because it is not little time that we have, but a lot of time that we often do not use.

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Eco-friendly travel as the need of today – for us and for our guests ©Max Mauthner
The core of what we do is the sustainable management of trails. Accordingly, we are already committed to sustainability by our DNA. A key goal of what we do is therefore to ensure that our guests emit as little Co2 as possible during their trip – and that’s what they do when they move from place to place on foot on old trails! But what other contribution can we make to further reduce the carbon dioxide emissions associated with travel? And how can we motivate our guests to make their contribution to environmentally friendly travel out of conviction? These are questions we ask ourselves passionately every day!

Thus, climate-friendly offers and environmentally friendly travel have increasingly become a mission to ourselves. Over the years, we have developed our own line of environmentally conscious offers, which we call Green Spirit Packages. So we from our side have consistently develop special offers for environmentally friendly travel and our guests can consciously select and use these offers from their side.

But what can now these Green Spirit offers with regard to environmentally conscious vacations accomplish concretely? Environmentally friendly travel begins even before the start of the vacation. The staff at our information and booking center will be happy to advise you on the best way to travel by train and the appropriate ticket. In recent years, this service has led to 35% of our guests in the local market (Central Europe) traveling by train. This development speaks for the logistical competence and the green spirit of our booking team. Consequently, a shuttle is already waiting at the train station to take our guests to their respective starting point. And logically, a shuttle will also bring you back to the station of your departure at the end of the hiking trip.

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Environmentally friendly hiking vacation e.g.: with the Austrian State Railways via the Tauern route to the Alpe Adria Trail ©Dapra
For us, an environmentally friendly trip simply involves the efficient use of mobility service providers. We strive to organize the mobility requirements of our guests in our shuttle services so that we use group cabs and thus aim to avoid transfers by individuals. This is not always possible, but when an opportunity presents itself, we take advantage of it in our planning with clients.

The logic of our economic travel planning naturally includes luggage transport, as luggage within a region is always carried together (i.e. in group transports) along the line. The goal of an environmentally friendly travel offer must be that our guests do not need a car during their hiking trip and if they do, that they use a shuttle service that is planned as efficiently as possible.

But environmentally friendly travel for us also means offering regional and thus climate-friendly culinary delights along our trails. These locally harvested and prepared foods are offered on the principle of “zero kilometers” and are then called “zero kilometer dishes”. “This is how the landscape I hike through tastes” can thus be experienced by our guests in a fascinating way and fully corresponds to our motto “Close to life”. The ecological footprint of our guests and our activities is minimized, natural resources are conserved and the partnership with the farmers along the trails is strengthened.For us, an environmentally friendly trip simply involves the efficient use of mobility service providers. We strive to organize the mobility requirements of our guests in our shuttle services so that we use group cabs and thus aim to avoid transfers by individuals. This is not always possible, but when an opportunity presents itself, we take advantage of it in our planning with clients.

The logic of our economic travel planning naturally includes luggage transport, as luggage within a region is always carried together (i.e. in group transports) along the line. The goal of an environmentally friendly travel offer must be that our guests do not need a car during their hiking trip and if they do, that they use a shuttle service that is planned as efficiently as possible.

But environmentally friendly travel for us also means offering regional and thus climate-friendly culinary delights along our trails. These locally harvested and prepared foods are offered on the principle of “zero kilometers” and are then called “zero kilometer dishes”. “This is how the landscape I hike through tastes” can thus be experienced by our guests in a fascinating way and fully corresponds to our motto “Close to life”. The ecological footprint of our guests and our activities is minimized, natural resources are conserved and the partnership with the farmers along the trails is strengthened.

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This is how the Alpe-Adria-Trail tastes: regional specialties await you along the route ©Gerdl
Special Green Spirit offers are available for the Alpe-Adria-Trail and the Luchs Trail, among others. For the Alpe-Adria-Trail you can travel by train to any IC/EC train station such as Mallnitz-Obervellach, Spittal-Millstättersee or Villach, where the shuttle is already waiting for our guests – according to the motto: by train to the mountains – environmentally conscious travel!

Author

Werner Mussnig

The habilitated economist has always been torn between the world of business and his hobbies of climbing & trekking, now immersing himself more and more in the universe of Bookyourtrail®.

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