The most sustainable countries in the world

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Imagine a world where one day a month was a national holiday dedicated to making your neighborhood cleaner. In Rwanda, on the last Saturday of every month, that’s exactly what they do. During Umuganda – the Kinyarwanda word for “coming together for a common purpose” – people in the land of a thousand hills pick up trash, fix roads and generally help each other to make the world sparkle and just a little more beautiful.

While this is just one example of a community caring about having a livable home, other countries make it easier for travelers to participate in the metaphorical collection of some of our collective waste. The best part, however, is that these countries do most of the work – just by picking the right spots, travelers can reap all the benefits of seeing more greenery without much personal effort. Just decide where to put your money, so it goes to places with the right intentions, then relax and explore the forests you just helped to still be there in 50 years.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of conscious travelers,” says Jessica Blotter, CEO and co-founder of Kind Traveler. According to the company’s 2022 Tourism Impact Report, 96% of respondents said it was important that their travel spend had a positive impact on the communities they visited. “In 2022 and beyond, we expect to see more hotels and travel companies focusing more on sustainability efforts,” she continues, but in a way that visitors actually notice, at least. beyond not washing towels as much.

Launched in March 2022, Alight has become the first hotel booking platform that allows travelers to book their hotel while simultaneously calculating and offsetting their carbon emissions, inspiring what they call a sense of “ethical wanderlust.” in all of us.

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