7 Top Green Travel Destinations
posted by Katie, selected from Planet Green
By Rebecca Lange, Planet Green
Many of us love to travel but don’t love the negative impact our traveling has on the environment. All the cars, trains and planes we use require energy and are ever-increasing our carbon footprint. And while going on vacation may still require hopping on a plane or getting in the car, there are plenty of destinations to visit that can contribute to saving the environment.
We’ve picked out the top choices for eco-tourism destinations throughout the world. Not only are these spots home to some of the rarest species of plants and animals, but a visit to them could help preserve their beauty for years to come.
Snorkelers and scuba divers will love the numerous underwater adventures waiting for them in Belize. Visitors have the opportunity to view the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, complete with chances to view the elusive whale shark and other rare fish species. To help protect the reef and support sustainable fishing, local fishermen have formed a preservation group called the Friends of Nature which has already helped sustain grouper and snapper populations. For those looking to get on land, the area is also home to a tropical forest and several Mayan ruins.
AN ISLAND IN BELIZE…………………
Time to hit the bar.
Airports all over the world are improving delayed flyers’ experiences by improving their drinking establishments. Frequent flyers no longer find themselves sitting in McDonald’s for 3 hours. Instead, they’re lounging on the rooftop of Singapore’s Terminal 3, drinking Thai beer or playing the oenophile at Frescobaldi’s Wine Bar in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport.
Travelers routed through Portland take in local microbrews at Laurelwood Public House and Brewery and vacationers in Belize City International Airport hit the sauce in old-fashioned Caribbean style.
Everyone checking in should be eager to check out our favorite airport bars. Sure it’s the only bar in the place, but at least it treats its patrons with care. Mr. Jet, the owner, will set up a call from your departure get to make sure you don’t miss your flight.
Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize
In myths, journeys to the underworld are never easy, and after visiting Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre), you may feel that you have been through your own epic test. Access to the Maya sacrificial site within the cave involves hiking, wading, and underwater swimming, but nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) underground you will reach the resting place of the “crystal maiden,” a complete female skeleton that sparkles from eons of crystal calcification. The cave also contains Maya pottery shards, many showing the “kill hole” intended to allow spirits to escape.
The Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve
Snorkeling in warm & turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea.