As we draw ever-closer to the prospect of a freer, more exciting year of travel that might, just might,
happen, it’s more important than ever to consider how we can reboot that wanderlust after a break
from travel which has, undeniably, helped the planet heal.
When you do go back to travelling, and we will, it’s vital that we travel carefully and in a way that
minimises our impact on the environment – or indeed, in a way that benefits it.
With that in mind, the team at Not In The Guidebooks has got together to curate our top 7 eco-
friendly travel destinations for 2021, to offer you some inspiration and help you consider the ways in
which you can experience the world again this year, in a way that benefits everyone.
India was one of the countries that enjoyed one of the most tangible, and widely shared,
environmental impacts of lockdown, when residents of Punjab Province saw the Himalayas gleaming
on the horizon for the first time in decades as air pollution lifted.
Ecotourism in India is a booming industry, as the developing country acts to protect it’s truly
incredible natural environment which, after all, is a huge part of the reason the country attracts so
Whether you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the magnificent Himalayas to drink in the
spectacular scenery, or aim to hit the streets of one of India’s many impossibly vibrant cities, there
are opportunities to travel sustainably everywhere, if you look.
When it comes to living sustainably, there are few nations more innovative and successful than Iceland.
In 2021, the land of fire and ice utilised renewable energy resources to provide 85% of its entire energy
supply, and is also at the forefront of the ecotourism movement.
You can find incredible tours that get you into the depths of Iceland’s wilderness and allow you to
explore stunning glaciers, all whilst minimising your impact on the environment.
Or how about setting out to spot majestic whales on a carbon-neutral tour based on the breath-
taking north Iceland coast? Iceland’s main attractions are its stunning natural phenomena, so when
you travel there, you’ll find most tours and attractions are run in a really eco-friendly way.
You might ask – is there a way to travel and experience the world not only in a way that minimises
my impact upon the environment, but in a way that actually helps it and protects it?
In Cambodia, one of Not In The Guidebooks’ newer eco-friendly travel destinations, you can do just
Explore incredible ancient temples, visit rural fishing villages on immense lakes, and visit and
volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, all whilst staying in environmentally and economically
sustainable accommodation – locally run, comfortable homestays.
This tour offers you the unique opportunity to make a tangibly positive difference in this gem of
South-East Asia, as you help the vital work of sustaining and protecting Cambodia’s elephant
population, all whilst enjoying the memorable experience of getting up-close and personal with one
of the most incredible animals on earth.