Ecotourism is a popular pastime for those who want to travel and experience the world in an environmentally friendly way.
In the same way that a food enthusiast will travel for miles to find the most authentic cuisine possible, an eco-tourist will go out of their way to experience the natural beauty and culture of an area.
There are thousands of noteworthy travel destinations for those looking to try out eco-friendly travel, but here are the decadent desserts you just can’t skip.
This tiny Greek island is home to roughly 500 people and is 100% powered by renewable energy resources. Its commitment to solar and wind power are impressive, as is its dedication to preserving its natural environment.
The island is untouched by mass tourism but does encourage eco-tourists to visit. Here are a few things you might consider doing on the island, besides trying out some traditional Greek food.
- Take a walk in the ghost town of Mikro Chorio. The town has been abandoned since the 1940s. It contains a beautiful whitewashed church and a 14th-century castle built by the Knights of the Order of Saint John.
- Visit the museum in Megalo Chorio. It contains the fossils of dwarf elephants that were discovered on the island.
Ta'ū is another small island, home to only 600 people. It is part of the American Samoa Islands and is powered completely by solar energy. Solar energy is the most environmentally-friendly renewable energy resource and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while saving money.
Being 100% solar makes this a great ecotourism destination, and the best part is that because solar is so abundant, if you get inspired to go solar while visiting this beautiful island, you can choose solar and join a shared solar community!
- You can visit beautiful rainforests, shorelines, and a coral reef that all belong to the National Park of American Samoa.
- The park includes the ancient site of Saua, considered to be the birthplace of the Polynesian people.
Samsø is a Danish island home to just over 3,700 people. It was appointed Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island in 1997 and runs completely off of solar, wind, and biomass energy.
The island features natural beauty, historical sights, and is a Guinness World Records holder for the world’s largest maze.
- Samsø Labyrinten is in the Guinness World Records for having the World’s Largest Maze. The maze is similar in size to 12 soccer fields, so make sure to bring a snack.
- If you’ve ever wanted to see a windmill, Brundby Post Mill is the one. The gorgeous building is one of only 16 remaining post mills in Denmark and tests have shown that it might be the oldest.
- Samsø also features Vesborg Lighthouse, which was built on the location of a fortress from the Middle Ages. The lighthouse is a gorgeous building, and a perfect opportunity for a photo op so don’t forget to bring a camera so you can take great photos while you travel.
Kenya is striving to become a top ecotourism destination. They’ve created Ecotourism Kenya to watch over their natural resources, and are set to install a solar grid that will produce 80 megawatts of power to their national electricity grid in 2021.
Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, so the move sets them up for even more eco-friendly success. If you choose to visit and help them put ecotourism on the map, you should keep these ideas in mind.
- You can go on a safari encounter with some of Earth’s most majestic wild animals.
- Visit the 50 national parks.
- Stroll white sand beaches and dive from the coral reefs.
5. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is well known to many eco-tourists as a tropical getaway. The country created a national rating system that grades hotels and other lodgings on their environmental friendliness. If you visit, be sure not to miss these activities.
- Eco-lodges featuring farm-to-table-dining.
- Ziplining over the tropical rainforest.
- Tours guided by ecotourism experts.
- Luscious rainforests and gorgeous coastline.
These are only a few of the delicious ecotourism spots in the world, but I hope they’ll give you a taste for eco-friendly adventure.