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Expert Reveal World's Most Sustainable Travel Destinations for Summer 2024!


With summer just around the corner, many of us are looking for the perfect getaway that offers memorable experiences and aligns with our commitment to sustainability. Finding a destination that enhances our travel experience while minimising our environmental footprint can be challenging. 

To guide you through the world's top sustainable destinations, Inemesit Ukpanah, GreenMatch Sustainable Travel expert, is excited to share the top eco-friendly destinations that should be on your radar for summer 2024. 

These places pave the way for responsible tourism, offering incredible experiences harmonising with nature.

1. Valencia, Spain

Valencia, the European Green Capital for 2024, is a leader in sustainable urban development. The city will generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. With 500 hectares of green spaces, including the innovative Parque Central and the extensive Huerta, Valencia is a haven for eco-conscious travellers. The city's extensive bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly areas make it easy to explore sustainably.

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned for its rich biodiversity and commitment to conservation, with over 25% of its land protected as national parks, reserves, and wildlife refuges. The country offers eco-lodges powered by renewable energy, community-based tourism initiatives, and numerous national parks that preserve natural wonders. The government focuses on sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

3. High Atlas Mountains and Marrakesh, Morocco

Following the devastating earthquake in 2023, the High Atlas Mountains and Marrakesh focused on sustainable recovery. Tour operators support local economies by bringing visitors to less-affected areas like the Ourika Valley. This region offers a unique opportunity to contribute to rebuilding efforts while enjoying the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

4. Saba, Dutch Caribbean

Saba, a small island committed to sustainability, is a model for eco-friendly tourism in the Caribbean. The island boasts a solar park, a comprehensive recycling system, and a marine park. Saba's ban on single-use plastics and its pristine natural beauty, including hiking trails and vibrant marine life, make it a perfect destination for responsible travellers.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, the top city in Tripadvisor's sustainable destinations list, is renowned for its green initiatives. The town is a cyclist's paradise with extensive bike lanes and pedestrian zones. Copenhagen's commitment to sustainability extends to its hotels, restaurants, and attractions, making it an ideal destination for eco-friendly travel.

6. Belfast, UK

Belfast has made remarkable strides in sustainability, jumping to one of the top spots in the Global Destination Sustainability Index. The city boasts over 90 hotels, attractions, and restaurants committed to sustainable practices. Belfast's transformation into a green city makes it a must-visit for those looking to minimise their environmental impact while exploring rich history and culture.


7. Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Southern Great Barrier Reef offers some of the most sustainable ways to experience this natural wonder. Eco-resorts like Lady Elliot Island and day trips to uninhabited Lady Musgrave Island provide low-impact opportunities to explore the reef. These initiatives support local industries and promote conservation efforts.

8. Panama

Panama is emerging as a leader in community-based tourism. The SOSTUR digital portal allows visitors to book adventures guided by local communities, ensuring that tourism benefits the people and preserves the natural environment. Panama's rich biodiversity and cultural heritage make it a unique and sustainable travel destination.

​9. Monterey, United States

Monterey, California, is a hotspot for ecotourism with its stunning coastal landscapes and abundant wildlife. The town's commitment to sustainability is evident in its conservation efforts and farm-to-table dining experiences. Visitors can enjoy guided nature walks and explore the rich marine life responsibly.

10. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is not only famous for its wine but also for its sustainable practices. The region's vineyards have adopted eco-friendly methods, and the Bordeaux Wine Festival is eco-certified. Visitors can explore the vineyards by bike and learn about organic and biodynamic wine production.

11. Singapore

Singapore, the world's first nation to receive sustainable destination certification, continues to lead in green initiatives. The city-state's focus on solar energy, waste reduction, and green buildings makes it a model for sustainable urban living. Singapore's blend of modernity and nature offers a unique travel experience.

12. Bhutan

Bhutan prioritises Gross National Happiness over GDP and has implemented policies to protect its natural environment and traditional way of life. The country offers low-impact tourism initiatives that benefit local communities and preserve cultural heritage.

13. The Galápagos Islands

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a prime example of biodiversity conservation, with strict regulations and initiatives like the Plastic Pollution Free Galápagos program to protect its unique ecosystem.

Choosing any of these destinations for your summer travels promises an enriching experience and contributes positively to our planet and its communities. By opting for sustainable travel, we take a step closer to preserving the beauty and diversity of our world for future generations.

Inemesit Ukpanah, Sustainable Travel expert at GreenMatch

"Sustainable travel is not just about the destination, but about the journey we take to preserve the planet for future generations. It's about making choices that benefit the environment and local communities, ensuring that the beauty we explore today remains intact for tomorrow."

Make your summer travels memorable, responsible, and positively impactful.

Inemesit Ukpanah, 
Sustainable Travel Expert
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