The Top Eco Travel Ideas for 2024

Gethin Morgan

Content and CRM Executive

Book sustainably and responsibly with these fun, eco-friendly Culture Trip adventures around the globe.

Make this the year you see the natural wonders of the world without abandoning your sustainability principles. Trade pavement pounding for walks in nature, allowing your soles to traverse Thailand’s jungles, Costa Rica’s volcanoes and the African savannah. Soak up the vibrancy that only tropical plants, volcanic cones and rushing rivers can create. Collect some of this year’s top eco travel ideas and trek across our planet responsibly with these environmentally conscious Culture Trips, and read our Commitment to Responsible Travel to find out more about how we keep our trips good for the planet.

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Traverse the mystical cloud forests of Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in nature on this eco travel jungle safari through Costa Rica. We’ll start in the surrounds of Arenal Volcano, where you’ll sip on locally produced coffee and soak in the soothing waters of the sustainably minded Eco Termales Hot Springs, as well as spotting sloths on a wildlife tour of the jungle. In the cloud forests of Monteverde, we’ll stay at an eco-friendly country lodge and take an authentic local cooking class, as well as looking out for howler monkeys and pumas on a nighttime trek. The trip ends in the laid-back Pacific surf town of Tamarindo, where you can take a yoga class, a surf lesson or simply chill on the beach.

From US$2403

Next available from 20th Jul 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Discover the tea plantations and national parks of Sri Lanka

This beautiful South Asian island is testament to the beauty of our planet, and our 10-day Rail Trip relies on eco-friendly train travel to whizz you around the country. In the central heartlands of the island you’ll take an authentic cooking class at a local family’s home, as well as visiting a local brass cutting factory to learn about the regional economy. The highlight of the trip is a stunning afternoon train ride from Kandy to Ella, which winds along splendid tea plantations, rural villages and epic stone bridges. After basking in the extraordinary natural surrounds of Ella, we’ll spend a day spotting leopards, elephants and crocodiles in Udawalawe National Park, followed by a visit to Elephant Transit Home, a sanctuary that rehabilitates orphaned or abandoned baby elephants before releasing them back into the wild.

From US$1700

Next available from 20th Jul 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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ENDS AT

Colombo, Sri Lanka

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

12

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Explore Thailand and Laos by train

Crossing borders shouldn’t always have to mean catching flights, certainly not when the distance is so short. Our trips are focused on overland travel and our Rail Trips can often cross multiple borders without ever having to board a plane. This two-week epic only crosses the one as we focus on two of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, Thailand and Laos. In Northern Thailand we’ll take an authentic Thai cooking class, visit an ethical elephant sanctuary and glamp out in the jungle. Meanwhile in Laos we’ll visit whisky-making locals in rural villages along the Mekong, hike to the spectacular Kuang Si Falls and kayak along the Nam Song river, before catching the overnight sleeper train back to Bangkok.

From US$1927

Next available from 5th Apr 2025

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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This is an updated version of an article originally contributed to by Nick Dauk, Lorna Turnbull, Chloe Thrussell and Louis Rabinowitz.

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