While train travel to the Alps may not be more expensive than flying, it does normally take longer.

Perhaps that has put you off taking the train to a ski resort, particularly on a shorter break. With a limited amount of holiday available, why use up some of your valuable days simply by travelling to resort?

Treat the train journey as part of your holiday

Firstly, we’d encourage you to think of travelling by train as the start of your holiday. It really is an experience in itself and without all the hassle and stress of flying a journey by train can be as beautiful and relaxing as any holiday itself.

It’s fun travelling by train! (c) Snowcarbon.co.uk

Join the Climate Perks scheme

However, you might want to introduce your employer to a new organisation called Climate Perks.

Climate Perks is an employer benefits scheme whereby organisations currently running a two-year pilot scheme for employers, encouraging them to offer paid ‘journey days’ for when staff to choose to swap flights for fflight-free travel to their holiday destination.

And 5,000 employees worldwide are already receiving additional paid leave to choose clean travel through Climate Perks.

Employees prefer employers who care

This is great for employers, as they can let staff know their own climate choices are valued and help them reduce their carbon footprint. Recent research has shown that 86% of millennials & GenZs  prefer employers that take action to lower their environmental impact. Research has shown that 74% of Climate Perks members reported that the scheme had enhanced employee wellbeing, motivation or retention.

Participation is free

Currently participation is free. To become accredited, employers need to offer a minimum of two paid journey days per calendar year when they travel by land or sea instead of flying.

There are several conditions that apply to make journey days qualify e.g. you cannot be going on holiday in a motorhome or driving with just one person in an ICE car. Full details are available on the Climate Perks website.

Members receive Climate Perks accreditation in recognition of their climate leadership, as well as exclusive discounts on eco-friendly holidays and resources to help with booking flight-free trips. 

And the Climate Perks team supports organisations to develop and implement the scheme, providing a policy template, emails to communicate with employees and draft social media and blog posts for sharing the scheme externally. 

Free publicity

There’s also the chance for your employer to be involved in the associated coverage as Climate Perks is recognised and receives more publicity. And who doesn’t like free PR?

If you’d like to have journey days included in your holiday allowance, say, so you could travel by train on a ski weekend, then ask your HR department to contact the team at Climate Perks.

You can find a template email to send to your employer here