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The Hottest iPhone Apps for Eco-Friendly Travellers

Pay a trip to the over-crowded campsites of the UK, and you’ll realise that eco-tourism is booming right now. More and more people are dining in restaurants using locally-sourced ingredients, visiting attractions that offset their carbon emissions and using energy efficient transport.

The term ‘green travel’ now means so much more than re-using the same soggy towel over and over again at the hotel.

The eco-friendly travel app market is still in its early stages, but the apps that do exist are doing a fantastic job. Read up on our top five for 2013!

1. TripSketch Green Book


If you thought eco-friendly holidays were just about eating brown rice and tofu, think again. TripSketch Green Book is a worldwide guidebook giving you green recommendations for tours, hotels and restaurants in over 80 cities around the world. Reduce your carbon footprint by taking a walking tour rather than a bus tour and dine in restaurants practicing farm-to-table cooking. Green Book may seem quite expensive at around £3.28, but given the amount of information contained, it’s a bargain. 20% of the price goes towards social projects, too.

2. Instant Wild


Could this be the most selfless app on your iPhone? Instant Wild was created by the Zoological Society of London to help monitor endangered species in the wild. Stream live photos of wild animals straight to your smartphone from camera traps placed in remote locations. Users can identify rare species, aiding the Zoological Society in their classification efforts. The app is great for spotting elusive wild dogs, leopards and rhinos, and you can share your favourite finds with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. A veritable photo safari for your daily commute, while also helping to preserve endangered species. Right on!

3. Twavel


Flying can really rack up your CO2 emissions, but you can learn to travel more efficiently with the help of Twavel. This fun and kid-friendly app lets you calculate CO2 emissions associated with your travel choice. How often you ride your bike over take a taxi will influence the Twavel character you become – from ‘wheezing machine beast’ to ‘fresh-air loving friend’. Best of all, the app has its own social network so you can compare carbon footprints with friends in a global eco-conscious community.

4. Velo


Why take a taxi when you can use pedal power? Cities like Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg are easy to get around by bike, and Velo lets you quickly find the public cycle hire points near you. This app plots your actual location on a stylised cartoon map, with available bikes shown in green and places you can leave them in red. It’s a great tool for newcomers to a city, and by renting a bike you’ll see much more than you would normally.

5. VolunteerMatch


If you’re planning that little bit longer in a new place, why not do some volunteering? VolunteerMatch is the leading app for connecting willing helpers with good causes. From office admin to mentoring, you’re bound to find something suitable for you from the 62,000+ options available. The app tells you which skill sets are required, and if you’re not sure you can check reviews from other volunteers. Volunteering abroad can be an enriching experience as well as helping a good cause.

Written By

Matt is a tech-travel writer based in London with a passion for sustainable living. He writes regularly for HotelClub's travel blog. You can download HotelClub's new iPhone app here.



  1. Rohit

    April 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    A very nice collection of iPhone apps Matt.. could you tell me their android alternatives.., because I am presently using android phone.;(

  2. Rohit

    April 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    nice collection of Eco friendly for travellers matt,
    i loved the 3rd app which can calculate the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere.., this type of apps are appreciable..
    great share..:)

  3. Frank Cern

    April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Matt, great article. Love the idea behind Instant Wild. Guess all those years of watching animal planet didn’t go to waste after all.

  4. Sudipto

    April 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Hey Matt,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this list of iphone apps and I like all of them. At this time, I am using android phone so I cannot use these apps but surely installed this apps when I buy my first iphone.

  5. Monica

    April 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Applications developed in iPhone are very useful specially for travellers. I was in search of this kind of blog from where i can get information about iPhone Apps for Eco-Friendly Travellers. I had heard about Instant Wild App. But Thanks for sharing about these applications.

  6. Matt Lindley

    April 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    @Rohit and @Sudipto Thanks, glad you enjoyed the post! I believe Twavel, Velo and TripSketch apps are available for Android out of the five. Next time I’ll try to cover all platforms 🙂

    @Frank Yes, Instant Wild is pretty inspiring, especially in the big city when all you see is the odd dusty fox.

    @Monica No worries!

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