Traveling, while thrilling, invigorating and inspiring, often has a negative impact on the environment. From the amount of energy used to transport you to your exotic destination to the imported delicacies you’ll be dining on, your carbon footprint grows substantially once you pull out your passport. Although this news sounds discouraging, don’t let it derail your travel plans. There are many resorts and retreats worldwide that off eco-friendly escapes and abide by green principles. Here are four amazing locales to consider for your next holiday.
- The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Montana, U.S.A.: What a great place for your next vacation! This beautiful, 26,000-acre retreat offers – among other things – back to nature activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, canoeing and hiking. The Lodge at Sun Ranch follows almost every sustainable practice there is – from construction that implements recycled building materials, to the use of local and organic ingredients in its gourmet kitchens. They’ve even removed barbwire to let the native elk roam freely!
- Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel, Valais, Switzerland: If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping in an igloo but would appreciate some luxurious creature comforts, we suggest the eco-magical, eco-friendly Whitepods in the Alps of Switzerland. The pods are energy efficient and the resort closely monitors its water and energy consumption, strictly manages its waste, uses organic food and beverage items and educates its guests about the surrounding plants and wildlife. What’s not to love?!
- Six Senses Resort, Vietnam: If you’re more of a warm-weather eco-traveller, the Six Senses Resort on Vietnam’s Con Dao Island is the perfect destination. The villas and restaurants are built from local, sustainable materials, utilize low levels of energy and draw attention to the local ecology.
- Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, Canada: Keep your passport in your nightstand and travel within Canada to the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, an incredible, luxury escape. High efficiency furnaces heat indoor spaces and outdoor hot tubs, all marine and land excursions are non-intrusive and conservancy-driven, and the resort partners with the Pacific Salmon Foundation, helping to sustain the wild Pacific salmon population.