Since New Year is just around the corner, we can finally start planning for some awesome 2023 travel adventures. If your new year’s resolution is to be more sustainable and eco-conscious, here are a few destinations that will allow you to stick to your goals. For 2023, definitely put these eco-friendly destinations on your travel list.
since forever, Costa Rica has been the greenest destination for travelers. This Central American country is home to many natural parks and unique flora and fauna species. This is the place where you see destinations and experience rainforests, volcanos, and beaches. I mean all in one spot. That’s with monkeys being your first neighbors in your eco-friendly resort. The best thing about Costa Rica is that most of the country uses renewable energy sources to get electricity, and public transport is improving. If you want to experience a truly special biodiversity, make sure to have an excursion to the Osa Peninsula.
The southern tip of the world, Patagonia, has been a constant favorite among nature lovers. What sets Patagonia apart is its unique landscape you can’t see anywhere else in the world, involving glaciers, mountains, lakes, and many trails to explore it all. The most popular place to visit for active travelers and environmentalists is probably the Torres del Paine National Park.
Montague Island, Australia
Here’s a true little hidden gem. Montague Island is an 82-ha island located just off the coast of New South Wales in Australia. The island’s biggest attraction is all the animals that live freely and in peace, making it a significant natural, Aboriginal, and historical monument. Visitors can come to Montague and hang out with thousands of birds, penguins, and seals. The seals are the most interesting part of the area’s animal kingdom. You can even snorkel with seals on Montague Island and experience these gentle beasts up close. Just a short boat ride (which is also full of excitement because people often notice dolphins, whales, and penguins on the way) is standing between you and playful seals and other underwater life. Since 2014, this island has been present on the IUCN Green List, proving that it’s worth the time of every eco-friendly visitor.
Once upon a time, Scotland’s hills were covered in ancient Caledonian Forest, but the ecosystem changed significantly due to logging and grazing. Today, the Scottish Highlands are making a move towards the old Highlands look of woodlands and native flora and fauna. This effort, called ‘rewilding,’ is expected to make major strides in 2023. Now might be the perfect time to visit this area because you’ll still get to enjoy all the lazy green hills but notice a pleasant shift towards a more foresty future.
Tanzania is looking forward to its sustainable travel days, and so are we. The new generation of travelers is skipping eco-friendly lodges and is watching locals from afar, getting more involved in conservation. We can expect to see great things come to Tanzania in the future. Asilia Africa and Usangu Expedition Camp lead the trend. This camp opened in June 2022 in the wetland-covered Ruaha National Park. The vehicles in the park are fueled by molasses. Not to mention drive-around guests who play a big role in wildlife assistance and field research. As a guest researcher, you can plant camera traps and help build a collection of wildlife photographs. In the future, there are plans for other sister camps you can visit in 2023.
Big Bend National Park, Texas, USA
Before the pandemic, only 400,000 people visited this national park, about ten times fewer than Yellowstone. And this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Big Bend National Park is located in a remote part of west Texas and is covered with cacti head to toe. It is known for the widest variety of cactus species. That’s in addition to Scott’s orioles, iconic roadrunner, and unique javelina. Life in the desert is different and precious. You’ll get to learn many things to survive in this part of the world.
Our planet is full of amazing sites, animals, and plants. Thanks to the conservation efforts at these locations, we’ll all get to enjoy our planet’s beauties for a long time.
Author: Diana Smith