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Sustainable Travel

Mother Nature Will Thank You!

Many travelers are moved by the striking beauty found on Earth, from white sand beaches to lush jungles to snow-capped peaks. We are so lucky that we get to explore the natural wonders this planet has to offer, and we can all do our part to ensure the next generation of adventurers is able to do the same! By traveling to destinations with a focus on sustainability and maintaining the beauty and ecological health of their respective regions, we can be as good to the planet as it’s been to us. Take note of these seven ecotourism hotspots for your first 2019 getaway.

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Faroe Islands

This misty and mysterious archipelago of 18 islands is not only home to breathtaking views across the vast Atlantic, but some of the most sustainable infrastructure in the world. While there’s hardly any car traffic on the islands, your best bet is to bring some serious hiking boots and walk to your destinations. Visitors can see how important environmental preservation is in Faroese culture when visiting the island’s sustainable fisheries, the wind energy park outside Tórshavn and tasting local foods like ræst meats and fish, which are naturally fermented by air-drying the foods in the Faroe Islands’ salty, brisk air. 

@alli_jaeger

Reykjanes Unesco Global Geopark, Iceland

Full of natural wonders to behold, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge peeks out above sea level in Reykjanes Geopark to expose the volcanic activity that’s shaped the land. Nowhere in the park is it more clear how this region has harnessed the use of green geothermal energy than at the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa whose steamy turquoise waters are world famous. Conservation is perfectly melded with luxurious travel accommodation in this unmissable park located near the capital city of Reykjavík.

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Trancosco, Brazil

Feel free to wander care-free in Trancoso’s car-free town square, Quadrado, which is UNESCO protected and lined with rainbow colored houses. Guests at UXUA Casa Hotel and Spa will get the authentic Bahian experience by staying in these traditional (and perfectly boho-chic) casas, each one unique and restored to maintain the rich cultural history of the area. Not only is this hotel sustainable and low-impact, it is also steps away from the coast and plenty of opportunities to surf, sea kayak, explore the jungle and more.

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Alonnisos, Greece

The Greek island of Alonnisos is regularly recognized as a top destination for sustainable travel due to its protection of the island’s natural habitat and historic architecture, its energy efficiency initiatives and its decision to stop using wasteful plastic bags. The island makes it a priority to take the wellbeing of the local community into consideration as tourism grows, meaning that you can snorkel in the Alonnisos National Marine Park (the first marine-protected area in Greece) and enjoy a sunset stroll through the old town of Chora with a peaceful conscience.

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Fashion lovers, rejoice! At the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, visitors can learn about the city’s tradition of handmade textiles and styles, which are much less harsh on the environment than fast fashion (aka the quick production of clothes to sell trending styles). For a more personal take on the industry, make a short trip outside the city to the Zapotec community of weavers for a self-guided tour of their many workshops, which use only natural dyes. If you’re the type who loves fresh-pressed juices, check out La Cosecha organic market, where many of the vendors keep things low-waste by serving up delicious organic fare without plastic containers.

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Chumbe Island, Tanzania

Just off the coast of Zanzibar, Chumbe Island is a world-renowned nature reserve established to preserve the rare coral island, one of the last left in the area. The reserve’s infrastructure treads as lightly as possible on the island’s ecosystems by re-using rainwater, using solar energy and water heating, composting toilets and many more green initiatives. If nature walks and pristine coral reefs call your name, don’t miss the boat on this incredible experience.

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Palawan Province, Philippines

The city of Puerto Princesa is often lauded for its sustainable development, particularly in regards to its ever-growing ecotourism industry. Boat tours lead visitors around the hidden caverns and falls of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. If you’re feeling more adventurous, the secluded Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a 10-hour boat ride from Puerto Princesa which offers some of the world’s best diving and is home to more than 600 species of fish.

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Patagonia is pretty much the most magical place on Earth.

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inspired by Space exploration’s seminal era, as it sits in quiet solitude surrounded by pitted rock format, Echo Camp in Antarctica gives you as close as you can get to feeling off the planet without leaving Earth.

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Discover the allure of Pidurangala Rock, a captivating geological marvel adjacent to Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Embark on a scenic hike that unveils panoramic vistas of Sigiriya Rock, lush forests, and distant mountains. Explore a historic cave temple at the base and catch the magic of sunrise or sunset from the summit.

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Located in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh in India, Kardang Village offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes and its 12th century monastery that holds cultural and historical significance in the region.

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Picture this: kicking back in a waterfall in Akureyri, Iceland. Laugafell is the spot – where the warm meets the cool. It`s a chill time with nature`s own spa. Keep an eye out for dolphins jumping in the ocean!

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Considered as a modern alpine village, Avoriaz is a popular spot for skiers and families. The village is one of the largest stations within Les Portes du Soleil which is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

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In search for the best hot springs that will warm us up until the arrival of Spring.

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Located near the Katla volcano in Iceland, the Katla cave features stunning blue ice formations and intricate ice sculptures. It`s a popular destination for guided tours, offering a glimpse into the otherworldly beauty of Iceland`s glacial landscapes.

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Sunsets at Ruby Beach, Washington, are a mesmerizing display of nature`s beauty. The rugged coastline, sea stacks, and driftwood-strewn shore create a dramatic backdrop for the sun`s descent. A serene and picturesque setting, attracting photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Take a dip in this 50 meters long infinity pool at Hotel @krallerhof where you`re surrounded by stunning Austrian Alps.

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