We all know that tourism can have huge benefits for communities around the world, but it can also take its toll on the destinations we love. For this reason, many of us are trying to find ways to travel more responsibly, thinking about how our holidays impact the environment and choosing sustainable tourism options.
In their 2019 Worldwide Travel Report, Kuoni rounded up some good news stories about a few of our favourite destinations, so now you can enjoy a guilt-free holiday and even make a positive impact by adding these places to your bucket list.
Down in South America, Costa Rica, an undeniable jewel of the natural world, was the first Latin American country to ban recreational hunting. The Costa Rican government has laid plans to make it the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021 when they also plan to ban all single-use plastics.
Sri Lanka is another popular Indian Ocean destination and here founders of ethical lifestyle brand Gandys are giving back to the country they love through their Orphans for Orphans foundation.
Kuoni has teamed up with Gandys to craft a new independent car and driver tour of the island and for every trip sold £50 is donated to the foundation. Find out more about the amazing story of the two brothers who created Gandys.
Two other destinations cracking down on disposable plastics are the Maldives and Seychelles.
Two other destinations cracking down on disposable plastics are the Maldives and Seychelles. The latter banned the importation of Styrofoam takeaway boxes, disposable cutlery, cups and plastic bags in 2017, and have extended the ban to single-use plastic straws this year.
While in the Maldives, Velassaru is leading the way with its innovative new edible straws made from sugar and corn starch. The island resort has also built its own recycling plant.