5 overlooked eco-tourism destinations
Ecotourism has become a multi-million dollar industry in the past few decades as travelers seek more environmentally friendly destinations and experiences that bring them closer to nature and local communities. When one typically imagines an
eco-trip, they first picture places like Brazil’s wetlands, the barrier reef off Belize, the Arabian Desert, and even Northern Ireland as of late. But what about ecotourism destinations that are off the beaten path? The best part about traveling green is that the basic concept makes a trip even more memorable, improving lives and preserving wildlife, can help a country find its way forward – one smart traveler at a time.
Here are our 5 top picks of overlooked eco-tourism destinations.
1. Tazmania. This fascinating country has always attracted a certain type of traveler seeking adventure and stunning green nature. Often overlooked as an ecotourism destination, we think this is one of the most fascinating places to travel – and you can absolutely do so with a company that pledges to the sustainable travel pact. One of which we found offers detailed information on exactly how they ‘stay green’ and encourage potential guests to ask questions. Where do they go? They operate
in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area and Cradle Mountain.
2. Japan. While ecotourism is relatively new to this country (the movement started more or less, 15 years ago), Japan offers a variety of fun, travel activities for the whole family that pledges to stay green. Plan a trip around visiting Kyushu, Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can go on various nature walks, rafting and much more. Or what about whale and dolphin watching off Tsuji Island. Or why not stay in a sustainable living Tree village in Gankoyama!
3. Belgium. A country worth getting to know beyond its wonderful beer and chocolate, Belgium actually has quite a few interesting ecotourism options, especially in the French-speaking Ardennes region otherwise known as the ‘green lung’. Discover wildlife and nature in the preserved Viroinval Nature Park in southwestern Belgium. It has been awarded Belgium’s European Tourist Destinations of Excellence (EDEN), the EDEN project, backed by the European Commission, each year grants an award to a destination in each country that promotes sustainable tourism. Another area to visit is the Lakes of Eau d’Heure region.
4. Patagonia. A place that attracts only the most brave and fearless, this is not your average green escape but rather for those whose life mantra is ‘to get away from it all’ – basically not for the faint of heart. Between Chile & Argentina, this is a land full of dramatic mountain formations, smoky volcanoes, flat barren pampas and expansive ice fields. Travelers can stay in a special eco-camp like this one where you can hike, cycle and ever practice yoga in the Torres del Paine National Park.
5. Scotland. Once known for being part of the forefront of the industrial revolution, now organizations such as the Sustainable Scotland Network [SSN] are now working with local authorities and businesses to try and raise awareness of global warming. Green travelers can stay at the Rumblie guesthouse located in Scotland’s Highland area, located in the Cairngorms National Park.