Idyll, Ltd. Fights Global Warming with 'Cool Travel'

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Idyll, Ltd. is now curbing the impact of their clients' travels to combat global warming in a unique manner.

Idyll, Ltd. (http://www.untours.com and http://www.therightvacationrental.com), specialists in European vacation rental for 31 years announced that its new "Cool Travel" option will offset 354 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year. The timing of the announcement was intended to highlight one of the company's environmental initiatives on the occasion of Earth Day.

Idyll's clients are now able to choose to pay $30 per person to offset the estimated CO2 emissions resulting from the air and ground travel on their European vacation. The money is spent on alternative energy installations that generate power without emitting CO2. The power generated by these renewable energy facilities replaces power generated by fossil fuel. Some of the offsets come from wind energy and some come from farm-based methane recovery. In addition to the voluntary option for clients, Idyll purchases all renewable power for its offices and also offsets its employees’ automobile commutes, making its U.S. operations completely "climate-neutral." The company has partnered with Native Energy (http://www.nativeenergy.com) to create "Cool Travel" options for its clients. These initiatives are part of Idyll's overall commitment to minimizing the company's impact on the environment.

For 31 years, Idyll, Ltd. has specialized in travel to Europe through their Untours, unique, affordable vacation packages that enable travelers to live in a European country instead of just passing through. Destinations include Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

All Untours include:

·Round-trip airfare from New York (Departures from other cities are possible at an additional cost; ground-only prices are also available)

·14 nights in a fully furnished vacation rental (cottage, flat, or farmhouse)

·Ground transportation (car rental, train pass, or city transit tickets)

·On-site English-speaking staff providing insider knowledge about their region

·Average cost of an Untour package is $2,300 per person

Idyll recently launched their new product, The RIGHT Vacation Rental, a web-only product offering handpicked vacation rentals in a wide variety of European destinations including Italy (Amalfi Coast, Le Marche & Sardinia), the Greek Isles (Corfu, Crete & Santorini), France (Corsica, Normandy & Dordogne), Croatia, Spain (Barcelona & Madrid) and Denmark.

Named as one of the world’s top ten travel bargains by Arthur Frommer, Idyll, Ltd. donates nearly all of its profits to charitable causes across the globe through its own foundation, the Idyll Development Foundation (IDF). Over the course of the foundation's 13-year existence, it has distributed $4 million to various projects around the world in the form of low interest loans.

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