This year’s Global Destination Sustainability Index released last month, ranking the world’s tourist destinations by sustainability efforts. In this year’s report, the Global Destination Sustainability Movement noted the addition of more than 40 new cities and 11 countries to the index, for a more diverse snapshot of the world’s sustainable tourism efforts.
Overall, this year’s index showed a marked improvement in sustainability. Nearly 90 percent of destinations listed improved their scores. However, as is often the case, Nordic destinations took top spots in the rankings. Eight of this year’s top 10 most sustainable destinations are located in Nordic countries. Gothenburg, Sweden, came out on top, followed by Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; Bergen, Norway; Aarhus, Denmark; Aalborg, Denmark; Glasgow, Scotland; Bordeaux, France; and Stockholm, Sweden. The United States did not have a destination rank within the top 40; in fact, only one North American city, Montreal, cracked the top 40.
Overall, the index noted, looking at the 100 destinations included, nearly 90 percent committed to international movements to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, as well as have a climate mitigation and adaptation strategy. More than a third of the cities plan to reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 percent by 2030.
Anyone who’s visited a destination known for its northern lights viewing during certain times of the year knows, just because you visit doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually see the northern lights. A lot has to come together for them to be visible, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you might be out of luck. However, a new cruise aims to help travelers avoid the disappointment of traveling across the world just to be left lightless.
From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
More and more travelers want to feel good about the hotel they stay in and the trips they take. They want to know their vacation isn’t harming the environment and local community they are visiting. These hotels go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to local communities, employees, the environment and more.
According to Kampgrounds of America’s 2023 report, 38 percent of campers say they will camp during the winter season while another 27 percent say they are thinking about it. Benefits of winter camping include fewer crowds, snowy scenery and opportunities to ski. Cabins and glamping are also growing in popularity this winter season. Here are five winter camping destinations and tips.
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
What was your airport experience like the last time you flew? If you’re like most travelers in North America, you might have been pleasantly surprised to find your closest major airport offered a better experience than you remembered.