It’s officially summertime and we all know what that means: holiday time. But did you know that your holiday plans can have a huge impact on the environment and local ecosystems? Discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying a vacation you’ll never forget with these great eco-friendly travel ideas!
Tourism and travel are one of the biggest industries in the world. In 2008 alone, more than $940 billion was spent on travel and tourism worldwide. While that’s great for local and global economies, that also means mega greenhouse gas emissions. Thankfully, however, a new trend is emerging: eco-travel.
Eco-travel is a great way to experience the world while limiting your impact on it. Eco tourism allows you to experience a country’s heritage and natural ecosystems like never before while also benefitting the local economy and promoting cultural understanding. It’s also great for health and wellness and is sure to generate memories you’ll never forget.
So what’s not to love?
Eco tourism destinations are blooming all over the world, which makes the choices almost endless. Check out this list of the 8 best eco-tourism destinations and start planning your green-friendly holiday today!
Costa Rica is almost synonymous with eco-tourism these days. With abundant greenery and carefully protected natural spaces, the beauty of this country is sure to take your breath away. Boasting coastlines on both the Caribbean and the Pacific, Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If the beach isn’t your thing, then you can pick an experience in one of their many rainforest lodges or volcanic parks, where the biodiversity will take your breath away. Even better? There’s hundreds of eco-friendly resorts to choose from so there’s something for everyone!
When you think of eco-friendly tourism, Africa may not be the first place that comes to mind. However, Kenya is one of the best countries in the world to plan a green holiday in. With grasslands full of animals like lions, rhinos and giraffes, Kenya offers some of the best safari experiences in the world. They also have stunning beaches, coral reefs and stunning mountain vistas to explore. With so much diversity, your choices are almost endless.
Norway? No way! Yes, way! Norway has a fundamental culture of eco-friendliness. Here, the government enforces tight restrictions on its hunting, fishing and oil-drilling. This ensures that the natural landscape is protected and preserved – which means a beautiful vacation for you! You can explore the stunning Norwegian Fjords, mountains and cities, all while making a minimal impact on the environment.
Palau is a small island nation located in the western portion of the Pacific ocean. The stunning coastline is surrounded by crystal clear waters, coral reefs and hundreds of species of tropical fish. On land, Palau is studded with dense and diverse forests and untouched, natural beaches. The government has also dedicated itself to preserving these natural gifts, with no-fishing zones and other strict protections. If you’re looking for a tropical twist to your holiday plans, then this might be the perfect island for you.
Iceland? For a holiday? Yes!
The remote beauty of this large island has been attracting thousands of new visitors thanks to its remote beauty. Iceland boasts the title of the cleanest energy consumer in the world, and offers brilliant “low-carbon-footprint” holiday options like camping, biking and horseback riding.
The Galapagos Islands
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands has amazing and unique fauna that call the archipelago home. The country also has a Directorate of the Galapagos National Park which implements a visitor management system to make sure that the natural area is respected and tourism remains sustainable. What does all this mean? A virtually untouched and natural wilderness for you to explore!
The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon has already been impacted from climate change and the encroachment of man, but there are still some areas around the huge forest that are changing that by having native Amazonians become guides to lead tourists around the forests in ways that are sustainable and even promote the health of the ecosystem. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll be talking about for years to come!
Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking. Antarctica? For a summer holiday? Yes! Antarctica!
Antarctica is still one of the least-touched places on Earth. For obvious reasons… Even thought you can only reach the continent during the summer, thousands of tourists still make the journey via boat each year to see the whales, penguins and icebergs that call this place home. However, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators aims to promote environmentally responsible practices among private sector travel to the continent. Which means you can experience this virtually untouched wilderness in way you can experience no other.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your eco-friendly holiday today! Whether it’s exploring the subarctic or traversing the forests of the Amazon, there’s something for everyone in the eco-tourism arena!