12 Off-The-Beaten-Track Sustainable Destinations
Are you a conscious traveller looking for sustainable destinations to add to your bucket list? Want to know the destinations where sustainability is a top priority before you add them to your bucket list or before planning your next solo vacation? Below are my top 12 picks for off-the-beaten-track sustainable destinations.
I am constantly learning about or expanding my knowledge on my favourite destinations, including countries and island destinations I have already visited as well as destinations that are still on my own bucket list, particularly those I think my clients may be interested in putting on their bucket list too.
Every now and then I add a new off-the-beaten-track destination to my bucket list, such as Slovenia, which I learned last year, is one of the greenest and most sustainable countries in Europe—as well as one of the safest.
Last October, I shared three things travellers can do to travel as sustainably as possible after the pandemic in this article and spoke with a women’s group on the same topic. In that presentation, I shared three more things we can do, one of which was to roam responsibly.
One of the things I highlighted was the need to reduce our impact in the destinations we visit. This can be achieved by travelling during the low and shoulder seasons and travelling in a small group instead of in large groups. Avoiding tourist hot-spots and travelling to off-the-beaten-path destinations and regions instead can also reduce our impact when we travel.
Since one of my goals as a travel planner is to help my clients roam responsibly, it’s important that I help them choose off-the-beaten-path destinations where sustainability is also a high priority. In my constant search for off-the-beaten-path destinations I’m always on the lookout for any information about their commitment to sustainability—not just with regards to tourism, but as a destination as a whole.
I’ve scoured various resources from my trainings as well as travel magazines and websites (including Green Destinations Top 100) to select my top 12 Off-The-Beaten-Track Sustainable Destinations. So, if you’re looking for travel inspiration and sustainability is a priority, take a look at my top 12 picks below. Hover or click each image to see my picks and/or learn more about each destination.
My top 12 picks for Off-the-Beaten-Track Sustainable Destinations
Each of these environmentally friendly, green and responsible destinations are committed to sustainable tourism.
They made my top 12 list for various reasons, which I highlight below. You may be unfamiliar with some of these destinations or may not know just how green and/or sustainable they are. It might be time to add them to your bucket list and plan to visit on an adventure sooner rather than later!