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December 07, 2009

The World's 10 Best Ethical Destinations

By Lacy Morris

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Baobab at Sunset - Nigel Dennis - SATourism 01301814
South African Baobab tree at sunset (Nigel Dennis)

Ethical Traveler has released its annual list of the “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations.” Traveling ethically is a way of preserving the wonders of the world for future generations to enjoy—“mindful travel,” as they call it. Started by an annual study of the world’s developing nations and narrowed to three general categories—environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights—the list is developed by a team of ethically-inclined travel experts who are dedicated to harnessing the “political and economic clout of tourism to support human rights and the environment.” So when looking for a travel destination where the host country is concerned about preserving its natural surroundings, promoting safe and responsible tourism opportunities, and protecting local communities, why not consider the following for your next trip:

1.   Argentina
2.   Belize
3.   Chile
4.   Ghana
5.   Lithuania
6.   Namibia
7.   Poland
8.   Seychelles
9.   South Africa
10. Suriname

Have you traveled to any of the countries featured on Ethical Traveler's list? What were your impressions? Tell us in the comments section.

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Related Topics: Budget Travel · Eco-Tourism · Top 10 Lists · Travel News


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I attended an ecotourism conference in Belize two months ago. All the goverment ministers were there and really, really focused on sustainable tourism. Belize is wise. Belize cares. Belize is extraordianry - Mayans, rain forest, clean beaches. I say support their tourism industry. Go there. Belize, you rock!

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