Living eco-friendly is something that we all strive for, but not many of us know how to fit it into our everyday lives. As someone who loves the earth and loves to travel, I want to make sure that I am making the most informed choices about where I chose to spend my time and my money. But what does eco-friendly travel mean?
Green travel is really all about having a positive effect on the places and communities you visit. This may sound hard, but all you really have to do is look for destinations that embrace a greener lifestyle.
There are four main decisions to consider when choosing your next vacation spot:
Need the perfect spot for your next getaway? We’ve put together a list of our favorite eco-friendly vacations destinations below!
Contrary to popular belief, not all summer vacations need to take place at the beach. For those of you who love to explore the great outdoors, Alaska is perfect! Though it may not be a tropical destination, the temperature of this great state ranges from 65°F - 80°F during the summer: perfect for exploring the wilderness and seeing the sites. While there, make sure to stop at Denali National Park, which is home to the tallest mountain on the continent.
The next stop on our list is Colorado. This type of vacation is ideal if you love hiking, outdoors, and all-natural living. Many of the restaurants offer locally grown ingredients and you are sure to have your choice of farmers markets on the weekend. Make sure to check out Rocky Mountain National Park and the Red Rocks Amphitheater before you leave. Looking for a thrill? Then Wilderness Aware Rafting is a must try. Not only will you be taking in the beautiful views of Colorado, but you will be learning about the environment as well!
Looking for destinations a bit further afield? Then the next three spots are right up your alley!
Costa Rica is the place to go if you want to feel far away but don’t want a full day of travel. In addition to incredible history, sites, and food, Costa Rica is en route to becoming the first carbon neutral country by 2021. In addition, all of their resorts have to go through CST (certification for sustainable tourism), meaning that all running resorts must have a minimal impact on the environment. If that alone isn’t a good enough reason for you to visit this beautiful country, then the diverse range of flora and fauna should be enticing enough. Don’t miss a tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, which brings you through the treetops and up close and personal with the wildlife.
When deciding on your next travel destination, the Galapagos has to make the list. There are a number of eco-friendly resorts you can stay at, as well as tours you can take that help support the environment. Be sure to try G Adventures, where you are not only able to take in the beautiful sights, but help the island’s people as well. The goal of this tour is to help acclimate the native residents with tourism, as well as bring awareness to Floreana Island. Another activity that can't be missed is snorkeling. Get up close and personal with all of the beautiful marine life that the islands have to offer. Don't forget your underwater camera!
Belize is the last stop on our list and there is an abundance of natural attractions. One of the most eco-conscious places to stay in this beautiful country is the Turtle Inn. They are partners with the Southern Environmental Association, helping preserve marine and wildlife in the area. If you are up for more of an adventure, you can explore the Maya temples and caves. Being that Belize was once the center of the Mayan Empire, you can find ancient ruins all over.
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