Eco-tourism and travel is becoming a huge trend which is continually rising in popularity, and for all of the right reasons. There are some countries around the globe which have really stepped up their efforts in order to protect the natural environment, not only for the benefit of visitors and locals but also for local and native wildlife and the overall good of our planet. If you are interested in eco-friendly destinations, then here are 5 of the top eco-friendly destination which you need to visit.
Over the last twenty years, the Netherlands have put a National Environmental Policy Plan into place and have since achieved over 70% of their targets. The country is still continuing to work hard in order to improve air quality, reduce carbon emission, clean up the rivers and improve waste recycling and management. Amsterdam has been voted the 5th most environmentally friendly city in Europe and you’ll notice that one of the best ways you can get around the city is by bicycle or public transport. The Netherlands has around 9,320 miles of bike paths, so it’s no surprise that it is one of the most eco-friendly destinations.
Iceland has continuously managed to hold its ground to become one of the most eco-conscious countries in the world. The country has made using its natural geothermal resources a top priority for electricity and heat production. As well as this, Iceland also passionately fights against ocean pollution and enforces sustainable fishing practices to protect the fish numbers. Iceland is known for being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with natural hot springs, fjords, Northern Lights and volcanoes.
The Republic of Palau is a collection of over 200 coral and volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. If you dream of visiting a tropical paradise, then Palau is the ultimate travel destination. The waters which surround the island are crystal clear and full of marine life, which thrives in the clean water. The islands are covered in beautiful beaches and lush forests and Palau is dedicated to ensuring sustainable tourism practices and protection of its coral reefs, which are no-fishing areas. Be sure to pack your travelling pillow, as the journey across to the islands can get a little bumpy!
New Zealand is currently on a mission to become completely free from the use of fossil fuels by the year 2025. The country works to better utilise the natural abundance of geothermal energy sources in place of mined fossil fuels. New Zealand is made up of two islands which are both uniquely diverse in wildlife, ecosystems and landscapes. Ecotourism is actually becoming quite popular in New Zealand, thanks to the abundance of natural opportunities which the country offers. Whether you want to visit the glowworm caves, go whale watching or explore ancient forests, then New Zealand is the place for you.
Ecuador is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries and is home to over 5,000 different species of mammals, multiple ecosystems and, of course, the famous Galapagos Islands. Back in 2008, Ecuador set up a new constitution which including rights not only for humans but also for the environment. Whilst Ecuador has only very recently started taking critical steps towards better protecting its environment, eco-tourism across the country is on the rise and, whilst we still can, natural wonders such as the Galapagos Islands should be explored.
Even though these destinations are spread all over the world, it is worth visiting them in order to see how we, collectively, can make a difference to the world. As the travel times can vary, depending on your choice of transport, it is recommended that you make the trip as comfortable as possible as you will want to see everything you can during your visit. Some of these destinations are quite remote, so luxuries such as a travel pillow, eye mask and loungewear will make your trip more enjoyable.