Do you want to have a positive impact on the environment as you travel across the world? If so, you can choose from a variety of green-conscious destinations, which will allow you to support sustainable tourism. Find out more about the five best eco-friendly holidays.
You will be spoilt for choice when picking from New Mexico’s eco-friendly tourist attractions. It is home to more than 30 million acres of public lands, and there are also many unique geological formations and archaeological treasures to explore. New Mexico is also world-renowned for its sustainable agriculture, which flourishes on its small farms.
The state was also once the land of volcanoes, and the Earth still produces geothermal water that bubbles to the surface to create hot springs. It’s, therefore, a relaxing way to wash away any physical or emotional ailments. Read the New Mexico travel guide to find out more.
The Galapagos Islands can be found more than 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. 90% of the islands are also designated as national parks, which will prevent the ecosystems from experiencing damage. To protect the fragile environment, the island is restricted to a select number of visitors, and recycling and energy and water conservation is encouraged. Once you are there, you must dive into the water, as the Galapagos Islands offer some of the finest snorkeling sights on Earth.
Costa Rica provides the ultimate guilt-free vacation. Not only is it home to exquisite natural beauty, wildlife and plants, but it also features many eco-friendly boutique hotels to create an unforgettable holiday.
The country’s sustainable policy means a large majority of the nation’s electricity comes directly from hydroelectric dams, which is a clean energy source. It can, therefore, generate a whopping 75% of Costa Rica’s power requirements. It’s the ideal destination to swim with sea turtles, as well as learning about cocoa, banana and coffee production, which supports the local economy.
Borneo offers a breathtakingly wild and untamed nature, but it currently needs more tourists to become interested in nature so that it can preserve its forests. The evolving destination only welcomes low-impact tourism, which is why green-conscious travellers should consider a trip to Borneo. For example, eco-conscious tour groups could stay with locals to add a much-needed influx of money into the local economy.
Slovenia is one of the greenest countries in the world. In fact, the capital of Ljubljana was voted the European Green Capital 2016, and it is also the first European destination that is working its way towards zero waste. The city has installed customized bins that charge each user by how much waste is disposed. What’s more, you can hop on a city bus that runs on natural gas, or you can step onto an urban electric train. Sounds good, right? Well, it gets better. 46% of the city is indigenous woodland, and the outskirts of the city are home to many eco-friendly farms that welcome visitors.