The passion for traveling, discovering new places and living experiences that fit, is something in common for many people around the world. Achieving it gives us happiness, but finding wonderful destinations that are also friendly to our planet will always be a plus and we will be willing to pay for them.
This beginning of the year may be the ideal time to plan that dream vacation that will take you to discover a new place, try new dishes, and expand your cultural baggage, but it may also be the perfect opportunity to contribute to reducing your carbon footprint making a sustainable trip.
The first thing you should do if you want to take a trip eco friendly is to search online which are the most environmentally friendly countries, make a list of the destinations that most attract your attention and then see the different options that they offer you to complete it. Once you have selected the destination, try to do everything electronically, do not print your tickets unless the airline requires it, danddownload the app of your airline and do everything from your mobile. Likewise, try to stay in sustainable accommodation that also offers tourist packages such as: hiking, rappelling, visiting forests and natural reserves, active volcanoes or virgin beaches.
Avoid using public transport and replace it with bikes or hikes especially if you go to small cities, with this small step you will be protecting the planet and at the same time exercising your body. We recommend you use mobile apps like Spinlister that helps you connect with bike owners anywhere in the world.
The local economy is very important for countries with an ecological conscience, so it is vital that you support local businesses, you can visit restaurants that use organic ingredients or buy local crafts with recyclable raw materials.
Another option could be to buy from organic orchards because you encourage these farmers to continue on the path of producing organically and at the same time you help their economy, to make these purchases even more effective you can use Gozerowaste which is a mobile application with which you can find organic products and even services in many countries.
Now, if you are committed to reducing water consumption, do not take very long showers in the hotel where you stay, you can still download the mobile application Closca water or FindTap that help you find points to refill your water bottle around the world.
Finally, the sustainable destinations that we recommend for this dream trip are Finland, Switzerland, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Botswana. These countries are located at the top because they have managed to demonstrate sustainable management of the destination, have maximized the social and economic benefits for their communities, have minimized the negative effects of tourism, but above all, have increased the benefits for the environment and its natural reserves.
Remember that disconnecting from your routine and traveling will always be an incredible experience that you will treasure, but it will be an even more incredible adventure if you do this trip in a sustainable way, reducing your energy consumption and applying the pillars of sustainability at all times: reduce , recycle and reuse.