first_img RelatedHow to be an eco-traveller (and still have it all)Weighed down with the eco guilt of the frequent traveller? We can’t promise to banish it completely but we do have ways to make your carbon footprint a shadow of its former self. Each of these tips might seem small enough on its own but add them all together and…Top 10 most environmentally pure countriesWorried about the world around you? Us too, and while we want to discover every corner of it, we also want to make sure we’re travelling responsibly. These destinations have sustainability at their core and while the European countries may be leading the way in green tourism, we’ve found a…16 luxury campsites around the world for the ultimate glamping holidaySleeping under the stars has never been so stylish. From treehouses to teepees, discover these 16 luxury glampsites and you’ll never have to share your sleeping bag with a scorpion again! 10. FranceThe new ‘glamping’ craze is in full swing this summer, and Canvas Chic’s 14 handcrafted oak and ash yurts make the camping experience a hell of a lot more luxurious than the two man dome tent in a muddy field. Based on traditional Kazakh designs, each yurt is furnished with a double bed, tasteful drapes and its own decking area and all are sat under magnificent forest, in the spectacular Ardèche River gorge nature reserve. Find cheap flights to FranceHow other countries ranked in the Environmental Performance IndexGermany: 13th (joint with Slovenia)UK: 15thSpain: 30thUSA: 39thPoland: 42ndRanking is for the Environmental Performance Index, based on a range of factors including environmental health, biodiversity, air pollution, water use, agricultural methods and tackling climate change, according to The Economist’s Pocket World in Figures, 2009ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for a nature holiday in a green country? Skyscanner introduces the most environmentally friendly countries in the world, (according to The Economist) and a range of back to nature, eco-friendly holiday ideas.So reach for your inner hippy and explore the world of camping, ‘glamping’ and eco-lodges this summer, with Skyscanner’s selection of low impact, enviro-holidays in the world’s top 10 greenest countries.1. SwitzerlandWith so much of Switzerland made up of mountains and lakes, it’s little surprise that it tops the Economist’s enviro-rankings. If you want to experience Switzerland’s alpine beauty in a low impact way, try WhitePod Village – a collection of eco-friendly pods, tucked away on a Swiss mountainside. Complete with cosy wood burning stoves, comfy beds and incredible views, this is eco-camping in luxury. Find cheap flights to Switzerland2. Norway‘Powered by nature’ is the slogan of Norway’s tourist board and if you take a trip through fjordland you’ll see why. Steep cliffs plunge into deep blue fjords whilst waterfalls cascade down the mountainsides creating a landscape of sheer beauty. The best way to experience Norway’s nature with minimal impact is by foot and Bergen is a great base for hiking the area. You can also explore the region by train which takes you through the fjords and up the mountains. Find cheap flights to Norway3. SwedenCascading northern lights, white sandy beaches, rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, forests, lakes, rolling countryside and a glittering array of over 24,000 islands and skerries. Sweden was the second country in the world to introduce an eco-tourism charter, and also created Europe’s first eco-label that assures the quality of around 180 holidays and activities run by its 80 eco-certified tour operators around the country. Sounds pretty green to us… Find cheap flights to Sweden4. FinlandFinland’s Lapland is one of Europe’s last true areas of unspoiled wilderness, with vast swathes of forest and hundreds of pristine lakes, visitors can enjoy the midnight sun, stunning natural scenery and see bear and lynx. A paradise for campers, hikers and bikers, Finland is one great escape. Find cheap flights to Finland5. Costa RicaThis Central American country has been deemed the world’s ‘most natural conservation area’ having protected more than 27% of its land by creating a network of Wildlife Refuges, Biological Reserves and National Parks. Costa Rica offers a diverse range of ecosystems and actives; trek through million-year old rainforest, hike volcanoes, raft wild rivers, and witness the amazing array of wildlife including: jaguars (the environmentally friendly type) reptiles and multicoloured birds. Find cheap flights to Costa Rica6. AustriaIf you’re looking to learn something on holiday, how about visiting Austria’s Kalchkendlalm, Austria’s most unusual school, located high on a mountain pasture? With breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, toy town houses in the valley, thick forests and craggy cliffs, join the ‘bread and butter’ class, learn how to recognise different grains, make flour and use a bread oven. Visitors can shape their own loaf, and whilst it bakes, learn how to milk a cow and churn butter. Find cheap flights to Austria7. New ZealandEver since Frodo Baggins and Gandalf introduced us to Middle Earth, New Zealand’s vast open spaces filled with stunning rugged landscapes, gorgeous beaches and spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity have captured the world’s imagination. Take a sea kayak tour in the Abel Tasman National Park, an exquisite area of coastline between Marahau and Takaka, and explore the bays, beaches and headlands of the park. Campsites occur regularly along the way, so you can pull into shore and pitch a tent at the end of each day. Find cheap flights to New Zealand8. LatviaVisit an ‘open farm’ where you can learn how food is produced, try your hand at some of the eco-friendly farming techniques, and buy fresh and healthy foods which are not available from the city supermarkets. There are many types of different open farms to choose from: livestock farms, mushroom farms, fish farms, flower farms and also craft centres. Visitors can stay in beautiful farmstead log cabins and enjoy horse riding, hiking or canoeing on Latvia’s various lakes. More info on green Latvia holidays. Find cheap flights to Latvia9. ColombiaPerhaps a surprising entry in the top ten, Columbia has a diverse selection of nature holiday options; go diving in Colombia’s coral reef (which claims to be the third biggest in the world), see snow capped summits surpassing 5000m in the volcano region, then relax in the soothing thermal waters of a natural hot spring. Or visit Colombia’s coffee region, which showcases the country’s biggest (legal) export, and where eco-adventures abound in a landscape of rolling hills and coffee plantations, which can be explored by bike or horseback. Find cheap flights to Colombialast_img

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