Now that everything is starting to get back to normal, this could be the perfect time to visit the countryside. Taking a road trip or travelling by train or plane can be a great way to explore the sites that the country has to offer. You could visit locations that are not well known and explore them in private, or you could look for the best hiking routes along the coast or in the hills.

Since more people are beginning to travel again, it’s important to consider the environment when planning your trip. When it comes to seeing the country, there are ways to visit local attractions without making too much of a carbon footprint. What are some of the different possibilities you could consider?

Taking the train to different locations

Getting the train is a much better alternative than driving. Cars contribute much more to the greenhouse effect than the railway does. In fact, according to some reports, the gas emissions from trains are less than 5 %, while those caused by cars are dangerously high. Taking the train without having to drive in traffic can also be far less stressful. The rail network is exceptionally good in the UK. By taking one of the trains to London, you can explore the city and then reach other destinations from there more easily. Or you could choose any other train route that will take you across the country.

Hiring an electric car

Electric cars are a clever and useful invention, and the technology has improved immensely in recent years. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, an office of the U.S. department of Energy, explains that electric vehicles “can also reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. Charging your EV on renewable energy such as solar or wind minimizes these emissions even more”. If you don’t own an electric car you could hire one for a few days.

Biking around

Ever considered going on a holiday by bike? Even if your journey would take more than a day, you could always spend the night in a hotel or on a campsite. Several routes lead from coast to coast and let you explore the amazing landscapes on the way. For example, the path from Workington/Whitehaven to Tynemouth/Sunderland is approximately 136 miles (​219km) long and the 215 mile (​346km) long road from Southport to Hornsea is perfect for groups or families, since there is less traffic.

Planning your trip beforehand will make sure things go more smoothly. Which places would you like to stop at along the way to eat or enjoy activities? Which stops will enhance your journey? Planning ahead rather than just turning up and then trying to figure things out will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday. Choosing environmentally friendly options will help you reduce your carbon footprint.