Let’s be honest, we all love a holiday. Want to get that much needed break without breaking the bank? A staycation might be the perfect getaway.

There are SO many places to explore just a train ride away from home, and lots of ways to celebrate the nuances of LGBTQ+ communities around the UK too. Plus, with the travel sector making up around 8% of global carbon emissions, holidays are a great opportunity to reduce your impact on the planet.

Take a look at our top tips for a greener LGBTQ+ staycation below.

1) Sashay away the greener way

Make getting there part of the party! Trains or coaches across the UK can be great value if booked in advance, or see if you can use split ticketing or a railcard to save even more £££. Use this travel time to set up a collaborative playlist, research some local spots to eat or *ahem* share some of your new Green with Pride knowledge. If driving, use as few cars as possible… or better yet, ditch four wheels for two and cycle!

2) Camp up your city break

Accommodation in cities can be expensive, but you can save heaps by camping (or glamping) outside the city centre and getting the bus in and out. The best of both worlds, plus you might appreciate the peace of the countryside the morning after…

3) Get some new pride

As one of the most LGBTQ+ inclusive countries in the world, pride festivals are all around the UK, from Cornwall to Coventry and beyond. Why not time your trip with a pride event somewhere you haven’t been before? Not only will you discover somewhere new, but you’ll also see the best of LGBTQ+ entertainment and culture it has to offer.

4) Top or bottom...who cares? Make a greener choice

Err bunk beds, obviously. Look for accommodation which has a reduced impact on the environment. Many glamping spots and campsites put a lot of effort into preserving the space around them, whether it’s through clean energy or local water supplies. You might even get inspired by some weirdly creative eco solutions!

Below are some LGBTQ+ inclusive places to check out:

Dorothy Goes Glamping, Somerset – Inclusive off-grid glamping in the countryside.

Woodland Escape, Somerset – With inclusivity and sustainability in mind and staff who can provide information about LGBTQ+ events and venues in the area.

Barnutopia, Shropshire – Glamping and venue welcoming all identities.

Plush Tents, West Sussex – Sustainable yurt village voted one of Britains 25 coolest campsites.

Catgill farm, Yorkshire – Camping and glamping with some great facilities including log-fired hot tubs and pizza ovens!

5) Serve it second-hand

If you need any equipment for your trip (think tent, stove, chairs etc) look to your pals or local community to see what you can snatch. You’ll be surprised what people untuck from their cupboards when prompted... For everything else, try to source second-hand and you’ll help the planet and give your purse some extra padding.

6) Find a group and make it werk

If you find it hard convincing your pals that a staycation is a great idea, either a) forward them this page or b) find some queer pals who DO think it’s a good idea. There are heaps of LGBTQ+ people in similar positions who want to explore the best of the UK, and some of them have even set up their own groups and festivals! For example OutdoorLads is a group for gay, bi and trans men to enjoy the outdoors, Out & Wild wellness festival is designed for queer, questioning and curious women and those who are non-binary, and Gay Outdoor Club has smaller local groups all around the country!

7) Good luck! And don’t muck it up…

It goes without saying that wherever you go, always take your rubbish to be binned or recycled, leaving the grass green and waterways clean. There’s no room for sloppiness here...