Posts Tagged ‘sustainable’

“Eco” Hotels ?

November 18, 2008

“Greenwashing” is one of my favourite “mot du jour” at the moment.

I’d love to be “green” – but with a family of four, two cars and a job working for a subsidiary of an airline my carbon footprint is the size of a yeti! (Note: Car No.1 turns into a rail season ticket in 2 months time).

As with most middle class suburbanites in 2008 I will apply salve in the form of some eco products when I next shop at my local multi national supermarket.

I will also consider staying at the “aloft Lexington” next time I’m in Boston (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/hotels/index.html).

It looks pretty cool, and with a light dusting of eco credentials, I’ll report back on how “eco” is “eco” !

aloft

Advertisements

Sometimes you just have to drive…..

October 18, 2008

I would love an electric car. Technology isn’t quite there yet, so they’re not practical for long journeys. My grand tourer of choice would be a Porsche 911, one of the most iconic cars in my view, although out of my league and a tad too thirsty to e driven without guilt.

However, there are electric cars that are starting to cut the mustard. Even some that are faster than a 911.

Have a look at the Treehugger post linked to above, and make up your own mind. They might be faster, but boy have they been hit with the ugly stick. The Shelby actually looks OK, but the much lauded Tesla and the Tango are fugly!

Trundl, but trundl in style I say. We need a balance, an equilibrium of technology and form (and economy!). When these arrive, I’ll be ready with my cheque book.

Seattle style

October 2, 2008

As a resident of a damp island (the UK), I have a special affinity with islands, and gravitate to temperate locations, rather than tropical – much to the consternation of my Caribbean loving family!

So, Seattle and its environs, such as Vancouver, Vashon and Whidbey Islands makes it onto my list of great places to live if you like Trundlin.

Skiing? Snoqualmie is around an hour’s drive away.

Boho island life? Vashon or Bainbridge islands may fit (even if you’re only bohemian at the weekend, and are a buttoned down tech sort of gal/guy Mon-Fri  😉 )

Cycling? Washington, Oregon and Vancouver all provide a lifetime’s worth of roads and trails.

Running? Perfect! Visit the Seattle Running Company (www.seattlerunningcompany.com) for local guides or event details.

Sounds idyllic? Well, like much of the “civilised” world, Seattle is in the midst of a credit crisis, so if you’re not lucky enough to live near Puget Sound already there could be a bargain awaiting you. Once there, why would you ever want to leave!

Click on www.visitseattle.org for a further glimpse on what the region has to offer, and get trundlin……..

The Trundlin Equation

September 10, 2008

When somebody makes a purchase decision regarding leisure travel there is a correlation between the transit and travel time of a journey and the time spent in the destination.

This could be expressed in a fairly basic mathematical formula with limited variables except that the mode of transport and the method of transit, combined with the reason for travel all have an influence.

This is easily explained anecdotally.

Would you invest the time to fly to Australia if you only spent 1 day in the destination country? Unlikely.

Would you drive 2 hours to spend a night away, to explore an unfamiliar town? Probably.

Below is illustrated three trips I have made over the last year.

The first, a straightforward week in Cornwall, England. I live close, so to drive a few hours at either end for a week’s vacation? Great!

The second, a day’s worth of cars, airport check-ins and flights, for less than 48 hours in Delhi, India.

The third, about 28 hours of transit and travel for less than 24 hours in San Francisco.

There is a Trundlin equation / quotient for each which shows which trip was the most leisurely.

Have a guess (post in the Comments below if you are brave) which has the highest Trundlin quotient, and the reason, and over future posts I’ll divulge and also try to enumerate successfully !