By Jael Livingston
Who doesn’t love a great holiday? But for modern globetrotters, travelling with a conscience has become increasingly important as we tackle issues such as climate change, the war on waste and our own environmental impact.
But all is not lost! Take a look these amazing holiday destinations that will give you – and the planet – the break you deserve.
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
Costa Rica tops many a list for sustainable destinations, having taken an early stance to protect the incredible range of biodiversity on offer.
Famous for the sea turtle nesting beaches as well as being an animal-lovers paradise, Tortuguero has a range of eco-lodges available.
Explore the area by boat, spotting otters and toucans, sloths and monkeys along the way. Pure eco bliss.
Daintree Rainforest, QUEENSLAND
If you love the taste of adventure when you travel, this beautiful world heritage site is for you.
Travel by kayak, try croc-spotting, zip-lining or skydiving – and still have time to truly discover the only place where the rainforest meets the reef.
Brimming with ancient ferns, lush canopies and unique plants and animals, take a big breath because this is the oldest rainforest on the planet.
If it’s a top spot for David Attenborough, it’s good enough for us.
Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand has long wrestled with its conscience over the treatment of elephants, but now this industry takes a different turn as visitors flock to help nurture and care for these once-abused animals.
Buy some time with these gentle creatures, feed and bathe them, and know that you are aiding the process that will keep our largest land mammals in existence.
Wild Dolphins, Akaroa, New Zealand
Here lies the perfect example of eco-tourism and conservation working hand-in-hand.
Swim alongside endangered native dolphins, with a percentage of ticket sales feeding directly back in to the conservation project, funding crucial education and research.
This, in turn, allows us travellers the continued opportunity to interact up close with these incredible playful creatures.
Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia
Escape the city bustle and treat yourself in the middle of the outback with only the sounds of the bush to disturb you.
Nestled amongst the pristine bush land in this stunning National Park is a little piece of eco heaven where you can sustainably glamp to your heart’s content – confident that you leave only footprints behind.