Living sustainably also means keeping your carbon footprint in mind while traveling. Some countries and cities have adopted ecotourism as a philosophy and are now doing their part to to develop tourism with the Earth in mind. Greener than ever, discover our selection of destinations and finally take a deep breath.
Ljubljana was ranked number one among cities across the world for ecotourism by Green Destination, and in 2018, National Geographic Traveler dubbed Slovenia the most sustainable country. With around 60% of its territory covered in forests, their push for sustainability makes sense! With mountains, lakes, caves and thermal springs, an eco-friendly approach is necessary to maintain the biodiversity of this tiny country's landscape. Try your hand at bee-keeping or just sample some delicious slow-food. Bike, hike or ski across the country's delightful peaks, or enjoy the walkable, cycleable vibe of Ljubljana.
Norway has fully asserted itself as a pioneer in the field of sustainable tourism. This Nordic country was the first to put a full ban on deforestation. It also plans to ban petrol cars and wants to drastically reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Its concern for the environment extends even to music festivals. One of the country's largest festivals, Řyafestivalen, is trying to clean up its act. In 2018, the festival had everything from an eco-friendly nappy changing station to the collection of organic food waste for use as biogas.
This is a country in symbiosis with nature! Iceland uses much of its natural assets to preserve the environment, using its geology and glacial rivers in particular. Today, the country benefits from remarkable water and geothermal resources. Iceland is a world leader in sustainable energy, and almost all of the country's energy comes from renewable, domestic sources. This is also what helped the country turn its economy around in the mid 1990s.
France is gradually beginning to build a reputation as a green and environmentally conscious country. In recent years, ecological accommodation, and eco-responsible amusement parks have cropped up. Brittany is certainly the best example of this. In addition to being among the top 100 sustainable destinations in the world in 2016, the region is known for its commitment to the environment and its ecological actions to preserve the Brocéliande Forest. It has also received an award for the best environmental impact by developing green tourism offerings.
Costa Rica is one of the world leaders in the use of renewable energy, and has even pledged to become carbon neutral by 2021. The country quickly became aware of our planet's weaknesses and today 95% of its energy comes from renewable sources, such as hydropower, wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy and biology. Costa Rica is also a leading destination for sustainable tourism with its incredibly biodiverse fauna and flora. For example, there are around 7,000 species of butterfly species, and more than 900 bird species.