If you take steps to be more environmentally responsible at home – recycling, reusing, driving less, walking more, etc. – you don’t need to throw that eco-effort out the window when you travel. While you can reduce the impact you make during any trip, many destinations are now lending a hand and making it easier to be green. Here is a look at a few vacation spots you will feel good about enjoying!
Disney, the “Happiest Places on Earth,” is also one of the most green. Disney’s Oahu property, Aulani, highlights local culture, and fresh produce and fish from local sources. Trade Teacups and It’s a Small World for snorkeling, kayaking, native art, and a pool where you can pet stingrays. The 21-acre resort has LEED Silver certification.
Perfect if you want to leave the kids at home, this island features 15 beach houses for guests. These have natural ventilation to take advantage of those refreshing sea breezes, driftwood roofs, and abundant native wildlife. The villas were constructed in a way that did not require any trees to be cut down. Relax, enjoy, and be green (or tan).
Situated on the south coast of the Alaska boarder, this forest is home to the marbeled murrelet and the Kermode “spirit” bear, among other gorgeous and rare animals. Visitors can’t help but be awed by the soaring 1,000 year old western red cedars. Take your Dramamine because small boats and kayaks are among the only ways to see the treasures of the rainforest. About the size of Ireland, Great Bear Forest is the ideal destination for those who yearn for rugged, natural beauty – and lots of it!
Africa is a land rich in resources and culture. Many countries are becoming ecotourism gems. At Namibia’s Desert Rhino Camp, for instance, visitors can enjoy the striking desert landscapes that permeate the 1 million acre Palmwag Reserve. You can track rhino (for pictures or fun only!), picnic, go on nighttime nature drives, and luxuriate in the simple yet sophisticated resort.
For those who prefer bracing air and mountains over deserts, Norway’s beauty is unparalleled. The country is also progressive in environmental policies and tourism. They take pride in protecting their natural treasures, such as the coastline and remarkable fjords. There are lots of activities to participate in, from biking and hiking to boating and, if you time your visit right, marveling at the Northern Lights.
An ecofriendly traveler can tread lightly anywhere, but these great destinations – and many more – are helping make it much easier to travel responsibly.