• 07.01.10

Tread Lightly: Sustainable Tourism 2010

The latest trend in the $900 billion travel industry: tourism that actively supports the environment and economy of a destination, leaving it a better place than before. This biennial conference in New Forest, England, will be abuzz with the United Nations Foundation’s efforts to start tracking sustainable tourism next year. We charted a few of our favorite spots.

Tread Lightly: Sustainable Tourism 2010

Girdwood, Alaska
Whale watch sustainably at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge.


Whistler, British Columbia
Take a zip line past rebuilt salmon habitats and pristine hiking paths.

New Forest, England
Share the road with cows and ponies in these auto-free tourism villages.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Count and protect leatherback sea-turtle eggs.

Kerala, India
Ride the river on a nonpolluting houseboat, then dig deep into culture with traditional music and dance lessons.

Tsavo, Kenya
Track elephant and rhinoceros behavior while staying at this national park.

Queensland, Australia
Help scientists research climate change in the rain forest.