As we navigate the evolving landscape of travel, a spotlight on sustainability illuminates the path to responsible exploration. In an era where sustainability takes center stage, these are the 10 destinations, according to Lonely Planet, that share a common thread – a commitment to pioneering sustainable and respectful tourism.

Whether leading in green travel initiatives, nature conservation projects, or blending local traditions with modern technology, these destinations stand out as beacons of eco-conscious exploration. Join us in exploring destinations committed to eco-friendly tourism.

  1. Spain: Spain, a global tourist hotspot, stands at the forefront of green travel with its innovative plans for a more sustainable circular tourism model.
  2. Patagonia, Argentina and Chile: Patagonia continues to captivate with new routes, expanding parks, and one of the continent’s most ambitious rewilding projects, making it wilder and more accessible than ever.
  3. Greenland: Greenland’s mesmerizing ice and tundra landscapes have always fascinated explorers. As the world’s largest island, it’s increasingly attracting travelers, with easier access on the horizon.
  4. Wales Trails: Wales, among the first countries to legislate on sustainability, is enhancing sustainable exploration with a railway network renewal, opening up options to explore the rugged west of the country.
  5. The Portuguese Way (Spain-Portugal): More than a pilgrim route, the Portuguese Way offers a scenic journey through Portugal and Spain, encouraging travelers to slow down and immerse themselves in villages lost in time.
  6. Palau: Combining digital technology with local traditions, Palau, a small Pacific country, pioneers in showcasing that sustainable travel can mitigate the impact of climate change.
  7. Hokkaido, Japan: Hokkaido has long been a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Now, it is embracing environmentally friendly activities and fostering the cultural revival of its indigenous Ainu people.
  8. Ecuador: Ecuador, with its mega-diverse landscapes of vast tropical forests, wild rivers, 20 active volcanoes, and 6% of all terrestrial species, has much to protect and even more to offer.
  9. Baltic Trails: Winding through dunes, forests, rivers, and lakes, the Baltic Trails offer the longest meditation practice in Europe, leading travelers on a path of self-discovery.
  10. Ecolodges, South Africa: South Africa is a celebration of nature, from coastal penguins to lions and black rhinos in the jungle, and the life-infusing South African fynbos in the Western Cape mountains. Experience the wonders of eco-lodges amidst this natural spectacle.

Among the most sustainable destinations, Lonely Planet also revealed the top 10 countries and top 10 cities to visit this 2024:

Must-Visit Countries: Mongolia, India, Morocco, Chile, Benin, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Croatia, Santa Lucia

Must-Visit Cities:

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Paris, France
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Manaus, Brazil
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Embark on a journey of eco-conscious exploration by choosing these destinations that not only showcase the beauty of our planet but also contribute to its preservation. Let sustainable travel become the norm as we explore and appreciate the world around us responsibly. Embark on a journey that not only enriches our lives but also contributes to the preservation of our planet.