How to Plan an Eco Friendly Honeymoon

Green living means not only changing your transportation and recycling methods, but also ensuring you make low-carbon decisions when you plan large events and lifestyle changes. If you are trying to host an environmentally-friendly wedding, then planning a green honeymoon is as important as reusing a wedding dress or using local vendors. Ecotourism is ideal for people who are adventurous, frugal and creative. It is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." Keep in mind that traveling anywhere by plane will add carbon into the atmosphere, and you must be mindful of your impact on the place you visit. Find out how to plan an eco-friendly honeymoon.


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    Discuss the experience that you would like to have with your fiancé. Ecotourism can range from staying in green lodges to camping to volunteering for a service project. Decide what activities you would like to do, including sightseeing, hiking, train travel, bike travel, local farm visits, snorkeling, swimming and more.
    • Most eco-friendly honeymoons embrace the natural environment. Ecolodges and resorts are often near wildlife preserves or in places where you do not need to travel by car, boat or plane to see the sights. Consider whether a trip to a beautiful, but wild place is something that you and your fiancé would like.
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    Find a honeymoon location close to your home or wedding destination. The most eco-friendly travel decision is to avoid getting on a plane. Choose a resort or spa with a commitment to green practices within a day's drive from your house or wedding.
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    Choose your destination. There are currently ecotourism lodges and resorts in many countries. However, the following are some popular choices for green honeymoon travel:
    • Consider registering for a service project at the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Petén Region in Guatemala, in the Upper Guinean Forest in Ghana Madidi, at a rain forest research project in Costa Rica or Belize or in a National Park in Bolivia.
    • Visit an ecoresort in the Caribbean. Good choices include the Maho Bay Camp, St. John, Virgin Islands or the Jungle Bay Resort in Dominica.
    • Travel to an eco-lodge in South America. The Yacutinga Lodge in Argentina and Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Granada Isletas, Nicaragua are popular choices.
    • Choose a Six Senses Spa location in Southeast Asia or Europe. There are 35 choices of locations that are committed to sustainable lodging.
    • Choose a hiking or camping adventure in a national park in the United States or Central America. Backpacking or camping allow you to spend plenty of time secluded with your new spouse, but most activities are based on hiking, biking and camp cooking. Visit Glacier, Yellowstone, Yosemite or another National Park.
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    Travel to your destination by train or bike, if possible. Planes burn as much carbon per person per flight as it takes 1 full grown tree to process in a year.
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    Book an empty leg charter flight. Go to to see if a charter flight company is planning on flying home from a destination without passengers. Perhaps you can catch a private, relatively cheap charter to a honeymoon worthy destination.
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    Register to offset your carbon emissions if you travel by plane. Go to or and ask for people to plant trees or contribute money to make up for plane flights or boat rides. Go to to learn how carbon offset services work.
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    Book a travel package with an eco-friendly travel company. Consider booking with, or Read the company's mission statement and commit a little extra money to a company that researches and books only environmentally conscious services.
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    Research green hotels at or, if you plan to make the travel arrangements yourself. These sites provide an aggregate of hotels, lodges and resorts that provide green services.
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    Book electric or other fuel efficient rental cars. Book these cars ahead of time, because they can be harder to find. If your honeymoon is within driving distance, then book a rental car that is more fuel efficient than the 1 you own.
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    Eat locally. Either book a room with a kitchenette and shop at local markets or choose restaurants that serve local food. Eating local fare supports local farmers and it uses less carbon to transport.
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    Visit local artisans instead of buying souvenirs from a market. Many marketplace souvenirs are made in faraway countries and shipped to tourist destinations. Travel a short distance to pick up art personally.


  • Visit the International Ecotourism Society website to find out what other issues you should consider when trying to book green travel.

Things You'll Need

  • Carbon offset service
  • Eco lodge
  • Service project
  • Eco-friendly travel company
  • Electric rental car
  • Local food
  • Local art
  • Trees to plant

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