All holidays have + and – impacts locally and globally. We believe responsible travel should maximise the benefits and minimises the negative effects of tourism.
The following are some tips on travelling to us responsibly and being a responsible tourist when you are here with us. Our home is the Pelion Peninsula, a region still relatively undeveloped and one which still retains many of its traditional values. Please help us to do everything we can to preserve its uniquely Greek quality.
- Plan your route to minimise carbon emissions – travel by train and public transport where possible (we offer a 15% discount if you do), and minimise internal flights. See seat61.com for information about rail or coach travel to Greece.
- Minimise flying time and stopovers – the worst carbon emissions are emitted during take off and landing. For the flights that you cannot avoid, offset the carbon emissions of your flight with ClimateCare.org. Your money is invested in carbon reducing initiatives around the world, offsetting the emissions caused by your flight. DEFRA have an informative area on their website regarding carbon offsetting which can be found here.
- Read up on the local Pelion, Greece culture which dates back thousands of years. Learn a few words of Greek – travelling with respect earns you respect.
- Remove all excess packaging before you leave and recycle whatever is possible – waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries.
- Our meals are vegetarian, and we use local produce in preference to imported goods and organic produce where possible.
- On your free time take time to discover more about the local culture and people’s lives and how they earn their income.
- Please do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artifacts.
- Respect our local village culture, traditions and holy places – if in doubt ask advice.
- We provide daily transport to and from the local beach, however, we encourage you to walk when convenient and if, you are fit, it’s a great way to meet local people on their terms and reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
- Although Mt Pelion is blessed with abundant pure water, please use it sparingly – its very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people.
- Remember that local people have different ways of thinking and concepts of time, this just makes them different not wrong – cultivate the habit of asking questions rather than the Western habit of knowing the answers!
- If you’ve promised to send pictures or gifts to local people remember to do so, many are promised and not all arrive.
Kalikalos Holistic Network and the Environment
We recycle all possible materials we use in the office and use recycled paper for all our correspondence and our brochures. We compost our food scraps and use the compost for our organic permaculture vegetable garden. We heat our hot water with solar panels. We recycle glass, metal, some plastics, paper and cardboard. Before you throw something in the rubbish BE SURE IT CANNOT GO IN ONE OF THE RECYCLING BINS! There is a special container in the kitchen for exhausted batteries. Take plastic bags with you when you go shopping. Be the change you want!