As today marks World Tourism Day, it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight all the best that the Isle of Wight has to offer. World Tourism Day – which this year sees the centre of its celebrations happening in India – is designed to highlight tourism’s role in local communities and the importance of sustainable and ethical travel.

There is an insatiable urge to get out there and explore, finding new places to share with friends, family – and most importantly followers!. You may be forgiven in thinking that such adventures and unforgettable memories can only be made a plane ride away, well you would be wrong as it turns out such memories can be made only a ferry ride away on the Isle of Wight.

We’ve taken a look at the core values of World Tourism Day, and discovered the Isle of Wight has everything to offer from sustainable travel to healthy living and wellbeing.  Take a look at the highlights the Island has to offer, and experience all that travelling has to offer without making a huge carbon footprint.

Eco and sustainable travel…

The Isle of Wight is just a short journey across the Solent from Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington. Last year Wightlink introduced their very first hybrid-electric vessel, providing a much-needed green alternative to crossing the Solent. Using 17% less fuel than their next largest ship, it’s the perfect way to accompany a train journey to the Isle of Wight, meeting up with services at Portsmouth Harbour.

Once on the Island, you can jump straight on a bus from Southern Vectis to many of the Island’s towns, or enjoy privacy in your very own electric taxi.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing are increasingly important in today’s busy world and the Isle of Wight lends itself to getting away from it all, unplugging and switching off from the stresses of today’s modern age. If you’re looking for a slightly slower-paced holiday to focus on yourself or to relax in one of the luxury spas or enjoy a pampering treatment, the Island has what you need. From yoga retreats and mindfulness workshops to art therapy and tranquil spots, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Family Travel

Keeping the kids entertained can always be a challenge, but making sure the whole family is entertained can be a real juggling act!  The Island is perfectly suited for all ages of the family, from fantasy theme parks to up-close wildlife encounters for the little ones, to a wealth of history and heritage at royal stately homes and hidden Roman villas.  The whole family will love the miles of beaches and coastal paths, or explore local crafts and creations in historic towns and villages.

Nature & Wildlife

The Isle of Wight has recently been recognised as part of Unesco’s worldwide network of Biosphere Reserves. As well as this, over half of the Isle of Wight is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so the many miles of coastal paths, bridleways and cycle tracks are superb for those looking for a more adventurous holiday. There are plenty of locations to explore the local flora and fauna, as well as well maintained nature reserves, perfect for spotting many varieties of birds and other wildlife.

The Isle of Wight’s dark skies also provides an excellent location for stargazers, with some of the darkest skies in Great Britain, seeing the milky way will become a nightly occurrence during a stay on the Isle of Wight.

Enough excuses to plan your next trip to the Isle of Wight? Then check our availability for a new year’s break at Vectis Holiday Homes. Providing high-quality apartments suitable for travelling couples right through to the full family, closely situated to the Isle of Wight’s top beach resorts, Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor and miles of unspoilt natural landscapes right on your doorstep.

Photos courtesy Visit Isle of Wight