On the Hunt for Green Travel in Ireland
Green travel, ethical tourism, reducing carbon footprint — whatever name you give it, awareness of environmental concerns while traveling has inched its way into discussions of Irish itineraries. In that conversation, one voice that stands out– Catherine Mack, columnist for the Irish Times, contributor to www.greentraveller.co.uk, and author of Ecotourism Handbook for Ireland. Irish Firesiders may recognize her Craft Holidays in Ireland post from our 75 Best List for 2010.
Now, Mack has created an iPhone and iPad App called Ireland Green Travel. The app truly has the traveler in mind. As Mack puts it, “This app is not all about solar panels.” Instead, she covers things to do, places to stay, tours to book, food to eat, and places to find crafts that keep sustainability in mind.
The interface of the app keeps things friendly by allowing browsing by list, photos, or exceptionally integrated map (which is especially attractive on the iPad). Each listing includes quality photos, map (with access to driving directions), distance from your location (at the moment I’m 7798km from a seaweed bath in Sligo), pricing, and wonderfully written descriptions.
I’ve come to expect that apps priced under $2.99 usually tap information readily available elsewhere on the internet. But Ireland Green Travel contains original content written specifically with green travel in mind. That pleasant surprise makes the app’s $2.99 price tag a good value… and an even better deal if Mack continues to add to the app.
I’m even more excited that Ireland Green Travel provides a different way to approach itinerary planning… whether it’s full-on green travel or just a desire to add something eco-conscious along the way. Even those who don’t see themselves as green travelers will appreciate the distinctly Irish — yet often overlooked — activities listed by the app.