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7 Eco-Friendly Travel Destinations

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With climate change hitting the headlines, traveling responsibly has become more important than ever. Global travel is responsible for around 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. It also uses a lot of water, natural materials and energy. [1]

In a 2023 survey, 32% of holiday goers said a lack of knowledge stops them from travelling sustainably [2] Worry no more! With our guide, you can explore these 7 eco-friendly travel destinations.

What is eco-tourism?

Eco-tourism is a way of traveling to places that helps protect nature and the local population. It means not only taking care of the environment you’re in, but also learning about different plants, animals, and cultures. Eco-tourism also supports local communities by helping them earn money in a way that doesn’t harm nature.

Luckily, there are lots of destinations around the world that prioritise sustainability and offer eco-friendly travel experiences. Here’s a look at 7 eco-friendly travel destinations you can head to and explore the world more responsibly.

Tree Frog in Costa Rica

1.     Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a pioneer in eco-tourism – famous for its rich biodiversity and commitment to environmental preservation. It is estimated that 80% of all visitors to the country engage in eco-tourism activities like tree planting or bird and wildlife watching [3].  With over 25% of its land designated as protected areas, visitors can explore lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant wildlife without hurting the environment.

The country promotes sustainable practices through eco-lodges, organic farms, and conservation projects. Don’t miss the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Tortuguero National Park for its unmatched natural beauty.

Eco-Tourism Iceland

2.     Iceland

Iceland’s stunning landscapes are a showcase of the power of nature. According to a recent survey, over 92% of travelers decided to visit the country because of its natural beauty [4]. You can visit geysers, volcanoes, and waterfalls just to name a few, and even better, this Nordic Island is dedicated to sustainability.

The vast majority of Iceland’s energy comes from renewable sources such as geothermal and hydroelectric power. So, they don’t rely on the usual fossil fuels of other countries. This means you can enjoy eco-friendly activities like whale watching, exploring ice caves, and hiking across glaciers, all while supporting conservation efforts!

3.     New Zealand

New Zealand offers a pristine environment with its majestic mountains, fjords, and forests. The country is committed to preserving its beauty through various sustainability initiatives. Eco-tourists can explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, take part in Maori cultural experiences, and visit eco-friendly wineries. The country’s Tiaki Promise encourages visitors to respect and protect the environment, ensuring New Zealand remains a gorgeous destination for generations to come.

Eco-Tourism New Zealand

4.     Bhutan

Bhutan, located on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas, is a unique destination that measures its success by Gross National Happiness rather than GDP. Located between China, India and Myanmar, 60% of its land under forest cover. [5] Bhutan imposes a “high value, low impact” tourism policy, which limits the number of visitors. Here you can explore ancient monasteries, trek through the Himalayas, and make a traditional handmade bamboo bows and arrow!

If you’re looking for a hotel, the luxury Gangtey Lodge was named of the Best Eco Hotels in the World.

5.     Norway

The country’s huge network of national parks and protected areas allows travelers to enjoy activities like hiking, skiing, and wildlife spotting while preserving the environment. Breathtaking fjords, such as the UNESCO listed Geirangerfjord is a must-visit destinations for eco-conscious travelers.

Norway is also home to the Svart, the world’s first energy positive hotel. The hotel uses solar energy to power its boat shuttle service, and the construction of the building.

Eco-Tourism Norway

6.     Slovenia

Slovenia is an Eastern European hidden gem. Known for its green landscapes and sustainable tourism practices. The capital, Ljubljana, has been awarded the European Green Capital title for its efforts in promoting sustainability. Travelers can explore the magnificent Lake Bled, hike in the Julian Alps, and visit eco-friendly farms and vineyards.

Eco-Tourism Slovenia

7.     Kenya

Kenya is a great destination for eco-tourism, offering incredible wildlife experiences while promoting conservation. In 2022 alone, around 2.2 million people visited wildlife tourist facilities in the country [6].

Kenya’s efforts to protect its wildlife and natural habitats make it a must-visit for eco-conscious travelers. You can explore several national parks and reserves, including home of the African Elephant – Amboseli National Park. Sustainable safari lodges and community-based tourism initiatives allow visitors to support local communities and conservation projects.

Eco-Tourism Kenya

By choosing eco-friendly destinations and adopting sustainable practices, you can explore the world while preserving the beauty and diversity of our planet for future generations. Happy travels!

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[3] About Costa Rica | Embajada de Costa Rica en DC (
[4] Sustainability & Environmental Policies | Arctic Adventures
[6]  What Norway’s evolution reveals about the EV charging market | McKinsey
[7]  Kenya: visitors to wildlife tourist facilities 2022 | Statista
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