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Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and the Seychelles listed in National Geographic's list of sustainable destinations

National Geographic writer Costas Christ has listed nine of the best sustainable destinations where travellers can experience the feel-good factor. The list includes eco-friendly spots such as Sri Lanka, Costa, Rica, Norway, the Seychelles, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and the United States, and range from vibrant cities, to lush jungles and vast deserts.

Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and the Seychelles listed in National Geographic's list of sustainable destinations

Travelling without an element of guilt can be difficult, especially because different countries offer different options when it comes to sustainable tourism, and some nations are more advanced than others when it comes to implement environmental practices. Costas Christ, a writer from National Geographic, has highlighted nine of the best destinations in the world that have embraced sustainability, allowing travellers to experience the feel-good factor.

The list ranges from islands in the Indian Ocean to bustling cities, but they all have one thing in common: they want to do their bit to help the environment and conserve their surroundings.

Sri Lanka is becoming a popular eco-friendly travel destination thanks to its diverse lush landscapes, cultural heritage, and hotel groups who are keen to make a difference.

Jetwing Hotels is a family-owned hotel group that is committed to environmental practices, and while its properties might not look like typical eco-friendly hotels with their bold modern design, they feature several green elements such as solar panels, biomass boilers, and bottling plants that avoid the use of plastic bottles and are tucked away out of sight from the guests. Holidaymakers can stay at Jetwing’s solar-powered camp in the Yala National Park and look out for leopards, or stay in the newly-opened Jetwing Kaduruketha hotel in the mountains and enjoy guided tours from locals.

Costa Rica is famously known as one of the “greenest” countries in the world. The nation was providing eco-friendly accommodation long before it became a trend, and while many new developments are underway, the nation is keen to ensure that environmental practices are a priority. The Central American country boasts two members of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World network: Pacuare Lodge, which is located in the 25,000 acre Talamanca rainforest and is accessible via a white-water raft, and Lapa Rios, an eco-lodge situated on the Osa Peninsula that is set in 980-acre nature reserve, close to fantastic surf breaks.

The Seychelles is home to white flour-soft beaches and turquoise lagoons, but there’s more to this collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, and the government is committed to protecting its natural beauty. Praslin Island has living remnants of the old-growth palm forests in the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. The reserve features the coco de mer palm tree which has the world’s largest nut and the trees can grow to over a hundred feet. Dr. Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury from Darmstadt Technical University, says that the nature reserve hosts one of the world’s last island palm forest ecosystems.

The full list compiled by National Geographic included other destinations as Røros in Norway, South Australia, Kumano Kodō in Japan, Portland, Oregon in the U.S, Okavango Delta in Botswana and Mount Rinjani in Indonesia.

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