Save the Planet: 20 Eco-Friendly Spots That Beat Your Usual Destinations

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As travelers become more environmentally conscious, the appeal of eco-friendly destinations grows. These places not only offer stunning natural beauty and unique cultural experiences but also prioritize sustainability through conservation efforts, responsible tourism practices, and community involvement. Here are 20 destinations around the world that are perfect for the eco-conscious traveler.

1. Costa Rica

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Known for its biodiversity, Costa Rica is a pioneer in ecotourism and conservation, with a high percentage of its land protected as national parks and wildlife reserves.

2. Palau

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This Pacific island nation is a leader in marine conservation, famous for its pristine dive sites and the Palau Pledge, which all visitors must sign, promising to act responsibly to protect the environment.

3. Norway

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Norway offers breathtaking landscapes that range from fjords to northern lights, with a strong commitment to sustainability seen in its low carbon footprint and high usage of renewable energy.

4. Bhutan

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Bhutan measures its success through Gross National Happiness rather than GDP, emphasizing sustainability and conservation as key factors. It’s known for its commitment to remaining carbon neutral.

5. Slovenia

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With lush forests covering a significant portion of the country, Slovenia is one of Europe’s greenest destinations, boasting clear waters, fresh air, and a commitment to sustainable tourism.

6. New Zealand

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New Zealand’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty is evident in its extensive network of national parks, marine reserves, and its dedication to protecting native species.

7. Iceland

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With its use of geothermal energy and its untouched landscapes, Iceland is a prime example of eco-friendly travel. It’s a sanctuary for those who love the outdoors and prefer to leave minimal footprints.

8. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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The Galapagos Islands are a unique natural habitat and have strict regulations to ensure the wildlife and natural beauty are conserved, making it a model for sustainable travel.

9. Kenya

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Kenya is renowned for its wildlife conservation efforts, offering eco-friendly safaris that help fund conservation and support local communities.

10. Tasmania, Australia

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With over 40% of the land reserved for national parks and wilderness, Tasmania is a leader in conservation and offers a plethora of eco-friendly activities and accommodations.

11. Portugal

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Portugal is making significant strides in sustainability, particularly in its energy usage, with a strong focus on solar and wind energy to power its tourism infrastructure.

12. Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver aims to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, with initiatives like extensive bike trails, green buildings, and sustainable public transportation.

13. Finland

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Finland offers vast expanses of untouched natural beauty and is a leader in sustainable living, from eco-friendly lodging options to conservation efforts.

14. Montenegro

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Montenegro’s stunning Adriatic coast and old-growth forests are complemented by its commitment to becoming an eco-tourism destination.

15. Austria

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With a focus on clean energy and sustainable practices, Austria offers green hotels, organic restaurants, and plenty of parks that make it a top eco-friendly destination in Europe.

16. Switzerland

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Renowned for its environmental policies, Switzerland promotes eco-friendly travel experiences, from its efficient public transport system to well-maintained hiking trails throughout the country.

17. Scotland

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Scotland is on its way to having its electricity 100% generated by renewable sources, and its preservation of natural landscapes makes it a perfect destination for eco-conscious travelers.

18. Botswana

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Botswana limits the number of visitors to its wildlife reserves to reduce the impact on the ecosystem, providing a more sustainable way to experience African wildlife.

19. Japan

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Japan offers a blend of tradition and modernity, with its efficient public transport and emphasis on sustainability practices in its rural and urban areas.

20. The Netherlands

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The Netherlands is a world leader in environmental innovation and urban sustainability, making it a great destination for sustainable city travel and cycling culture.

Do Both

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These destinations showcase that traveling the world and taking care of the planet can go hand in hand. Each location offers a chance to experience beautiful landscapes and rich cultures while also making a positive impact on the environment.

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The post Earth-Friendly Journeys: 20 Best Travel Spots Worldwide republished on Passing Thru with permission from The Green Voyage.

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For transparency, this content was partly developed with AI assistance and carefully curated by an experienced editor to be informative and ensure accuracy.

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