The Most Eco-Friendly Vacation and Travel Spots

Everybody needs a vacation from time to time, but when you’re environmentally conscious, it can get a little complicated. You want to see the world, relax and enjoy yourself, but you want to minimize your travel's harm on the environment. There are a number of vacation destinations that entertain and educate while being environmentally-friendlier than other options.  From natural, green resources in lodgings, animal protection and conservation, and natural and chemical-free activities, I’ve found some amazing eco-friendly destinations that are perfect for the traveller who wants to go as green as possible. Take a look and get ready to make those vacation plans!

Alaska

The vast wilderness that is Alaska is the perfect destination for the environmentally conscious traveller. You won’t find an abundance of overcrowded malls, congested highways, or massive resorts. Visit Alaska and you’ll be treated to lakes, glaciers, and snow-packed tundra. There is plenty of wildlife to see, from polar bears to killer whales to caribou. Many of the animals in Alaska, including the humpback whale, stellar sea lions, bald eagles, and lynx, are protected due to their vulnerable status. Places to visit include Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and Denali National Park.

Blue Mountains, Australia

Travel to Australia for the most amazing sight you’ve ever seen. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, you’ll find mountains that are cast in blue that are (not surprisingly) called the Blue Mountains. Since 2000, the area has been a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the area, you’ll find reserves and national parks where travellers can enjoy a number of nature trails. In addition, it is also the home of several lodges that are considered eco-friendly.

Dominica

The island of Dominica is known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” and is a great place for an eco-vacation. What makes this island such a great environmentally friendly destination are its many eco-friendly hotels and sustainable practices. It is also one of the greenest locations, with hot springs and rainforests that will give you the opportunity to see more than a hundred species of colourful and exotic birds. Whale-watching is another activity that takes place in Dominica, where tourists’ chances of seeing a whale are as high as 90 per cent.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos National Park Service protects approximately 97 per cent of the Galapagos Islands. The area has been a World Heritage Site since 1978 and a Biosphere Reserve since 1985. It is a popular eco-tourism destination and home to many unique creatures.

Kenya

Plan a trip to Kenya for an eco-vacation that you’ll fully appreciate. Kenya’s numerous wildlife conservation efforts and the beauty of the land make it a top spot for environmentally conscious travellers. Campi Ya Kanzi is a safari and camp that works closely with the Maasai. It is a fine example of why Kenya is such an ideal place to travel. At Campi Ya Kanzi, there is the ecolodge, which has plenty of “green” features such as solar panels, solar-heated water, and furnishings that are created from fallen trees only. Throughout Campi Ya Kanzi, scouts help protect the animals from poachers and also reduce the risk of illegal wood cutting and brush fires.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly destinations in the world. It is a country that takes great pains to protect its diverse and exotic ecosystem. Travel here and you’ll find waterfalls, volcanoes, and rainforests, as well as a host of wildlife that range from toucans to howler monkeys. This colourful and lush destination protects between 25 and 27 per cent of the land, with areas set aside as national parks. It also has the lofty goal of becoming a carbon-neutral country, the first in the world, by the year 2021. Spots to visit while in Costa Rica include Tortuguero National Park and Parismina Beach, where giant greenback and leatherback turtles lay their eggs.