Eco-conscious trips to take this spring

By Eleanor Stanesby

With Earth Day approaching, it's time to think about the ways we can all help support this incredibly important mission. Protecting the beautiful planet we have been gifted while getting to go on vacation sounds like the perfect pairing and will keep your carbon footprint low this spring.

Blooming flowers, migrating birds, and milder climates allow you to enjoy this picture-perfect season. While tourism produces 5% of the world's carbon emissions, committing to ecotourism can help sustain and protect all of those natural wonders across the globe.

Go green along with the season, and read on to find your perfect eco-conscious accommodation for a spring escape!

Destinations

Iceland

Iceland holds some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. It's location in the mid-Atlantic ridge means the country produces an abundance of geothermal energy that powers almost the entire country. Their use of renewable energy makes Iceland one of the greenest countries in the world.

Interested in seeing how the geothermal energy is procured? Head to the world-famous geyser sites throughout Iceland. These natural hot springs are impressive both in beauty and in practicality.

Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights with a stay at this gorgeous glass cabin!

Costa Rica

Costa Rica produces 93% of it's electricity from renewable sources—prioritizing keeping the country's carbon footprint as low as possible. In fact, in 2017, Costa Rica broke its own world record and ran on renewable energy for 300 days! What's more? Their goal is to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, as well as eliminate single-use plastics entirely.

Heading to Costa Rica in spring is the perfect opportunity to see nature come to life. With a little more rainfall this time of year, the country's ample landscapes come out to play, creating magnificent views for miles. Over 25% of Costa Rica is home to wildlife refuges and national parks, so there is no shortage of stunning backdrops and exotic animals.

Surround yourself with tropical paradise at this luxury tree house, complete with an eco-Jacuzzi!

New Zealand

New Zealand has a plethora of places that will coincide with your commitment to the environment. From the marine reserves and natural caves to the protected national parks and breathtaking mountains, the country's sensational landscapes are sure to take your breath away. Through geothermal energy production, even New Zealand's cities are green, with electric modes of transport and sustainable accommodations.

The mix of rainfall and sunshine in spring allows a diverse ecosystem of both plants and animals to thrive in New Zealand—a true nature lover's paradise! Hike through the evergreen forests to see the vivid flora or catch a glimpse of the native birds soaring through the skies, as well as soak up some rays along the beautiful coast.

Go green in New Zealand with a stay at this eco-friendly tiny house.

A few favorite eco-friendly accommodations

We love how so many of our hosts make sustainability a priority at their glamping sites—from the products they clean with and the amenities and toiletries they provide guests with to the accommodation structures themselves...and more! Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly rentals from across the globe.

United States

This eco-friendly elevated cabin in North Carolina makes for the ultimate environmentally-friendly vacation. Utilizing recycled paper products, solar lighting, a composting toilet, and so much more, this cabin does the utmost to protect it's beautiful surroundings.

Australia

Located on Phillip Island in Victoria, this glamping tent offers off-grid solar power, and all of the utilities throughout the accommodation are energy efficient. Here, you can guarantee minimal environmental impact on your getaway, while still having all the necessary comforts of home!

Europe

High in the trees, surrounded by vibrant greenery, near Villersexel, France, this tree house stay comes with biodegradable plastics and is committed to using organic waste for compost. Past the trees, you'll also have a beautiful lake view to wake up to!


Feeling inspired? Check out more of our eco-friendly accommodations in the U.S. and abroad!