Want to support nations that care about the environment, human rights and the global community? Check out the latest Top Ten listing as compiled by ethicaltraveler.org. (To see our report on their 2009/2010 list, click here.)  Now after another round of extensive research into policies and practices that conserve natural resources and “sustain and empower local communities”, the 2011 selections are official. The chart below cites an important reason why each country made the list, but countries needed to score well in multiple categories to be recognized.

As the authors note, “Travelers today have access to far more information than we did even ten years ago. We can observe—almost in real time—the impact that smart or selfish choices, by governments and individuals, have on rainforests and reefs, cultures and communities.” With knowledge comes responsibility. We can support these efforts with our tourism dollars, and explore South and Central America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. It’s not easy to stand out among the 200 countries of the world. As you plan your travels this year, consider putting together an itinerary that represents a recognition of the big strides these nations have taken.

Top Ten Ethical Travel Destinations–2011 (alphabetical order)
*also recognized in 2010
     
Argentina*   Legislation to protect glaciers
     
Barbados   Developing a green economy
     
Chile*   Sustainable fishery and foresty
     
Costa Rica   Leader in environmental policy
     
Dominica   Strong environmental protection
     
Latvia   Low child mortality rate
     
Lithuania*   Fighting human trafficking
     
Palau   Dolphin, shark and whale sanctuary
     
Poland*   Responsible water management
     
Uruguay   Sustainable agriculture

Photo by reemer.

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

1 Comment

  1. Aww Colombia is not here ….. oh well I like Colombia its one of my favorite countries to visit…. thanks for the info!

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