17 Mar 2017
Today's globally-conscious travellers are more aware of the impact that mass-market tourism has on local communities. This has given rise to sustainable travel - travel that benefits the local ecology and economy of a place - for experiences that are more authentic and transformative. Pack your bags and head to these 5 locations for your next green vacation.
A dream destination for adventurous and eco-conscious travellers, this South American country is home to the Amazon and its plethora of flora and fauna. Hike up to the world-renowned Inca Trail and be rewarded with the spectacular ancient city of Machu Picchu. Get away from it all at the secluded Tambopata Ecolodge nestled in the heart of the Amazon rainforest as you spend the night surrounded by sights, smells and sounds of wildlife.
Asia's largest island is a popular destination with nature lovers. While continued deforestation continues to harm Borneo's orangutans, travellers can do their part by working hands-on in Kubah National Park to help improve the living conditions of this beloved species. After that, rest and recharge at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, recognised for its minimal impact on the environment.
Explore the country's largest conservation zone at Wangchuck Centennial National Park or discover the wildlife at Eastern Himalayan conservation complex. Mingle with the locals when you check into villagers' homes or eco-lodges. There is plenty of eco adventures to be had in Bhutan, from visits to remote villages to guided treks through the Himalayas.
Famous for its alpine eco tourism, Slovenia boasts eco-friendly public transport, gorgeous green spaces and sustainable tourism policies. Its capital, Ljubljana, has 542 square metres of public green space per resident, while green spaces are still being created from degraded urban land. No wonder then it was named European Green Capital of 2016.
See wildlife upclose at these volcanic islands where some 90 per cent are protected national parks to protect the ecosystem. The Islands' conservation relies on volunteers to help restore natural habitats and maintain crops. If you're curious in the local ecology, make a stop at the Charles Darwin Research Station national park. While travellers are recommended to stay offshore to conserve the Islands, you could rent boats to experience local marine life.