2018 Top Sustainable Travel Destinations Revealed

From Africa’s sun-soaked prairies to Japan’s magical Alpine vistas, here are 2018’s top destinations for sustainable travel, as chosen by the green travel and lifestyle experts at Ecophiles.

From Africa’s sun-soaked prairies to Japan’s magical Alpine vistas, here are 2018’s top destinations for sustainable travel, as chosen by the green travel and lifestyle experts at Ecophiles.

Japanese Alps, Japan

For fans of European Alps’ gorgeousness, here’s a worthy contender. An easy getaway from Tokyo, the Japanese Alps or the ‘roof of Japan’, offers an array of unique experiences. Here, one can visit a ninja theme park or a wasabi farm!

On the outskirts of Matsumoto, learn the technicalities of Wasabi cultivation at the Daio Wasabi Farm. Water is fed directly from the melting snowbanks of the Japanese Alps, via a network of streams. The farm´s old-fashioned beauty features photogenic wooden waterwheels. The fresh wasabi here is simply a treat, and the farm offers unique fusion food with extraordinary flavoring, such as wasabi-flavored ice cream, chocolate and beer!

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, tipped as ‘Paradise on Earth’, is China’s top ecotourism destination. It is one of the few places in China where people can watch wild birds chirping in the downtown area. The wooded hills encircling the Hangzhou’s West Lake are studded with pavilions, towers, pagodas, and caves.

The Xixi National Wetland Park in Hangzhou is teeming with biodiversity and over 180 bird species. It allows visitors an intimate glance at the Underwater Ecological Observation Corridor. The Bamboo-lined Path at Yunqi is a serene escape for hikers. In winter, the plum blossoms add a splash of color to the dull, cold days. Hangzhou, with its flourishing legacy of tea and silk, World Heritage sites, scenic natural vistas and profound Chinese culture, is a must-do day trip from Shanghai.

Inuvik, Canada

A new highway, starting from Inuvik, will take travelers to the Beaufort Sea Shore. The 137-kilometer Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway, that opened in November 2017, winds through a mostly frozen landscape of lakes and rivers. Perfect for adventure travel and a great opportunity to spot wild caribou, beluga whales and reindeer. To celebrate the opening of the highway, the…

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