Top Travel Destinations of 2016: Green Global Travel — December 2015.
Last year we interviewed five ecotourism experts on 2015’s Top Travel Destinations.
This year we decided to ask some of the most well-traveled authorities we know– veteran bloggers who specialize in adventure travel, ecotourism, cultural travel and family travel– to get their expert opinions on the best destinations for nature-lovers to travel in 2016.
A whopping 35 of them responded, giving us this epic 5700-word guide to some of the coolest places on the planet. From snowshoeing in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Scuba diving the Andaman Islands to gorilla-trekking in Rwanda and exploring Son Doong Cave in Vietnam, you’ll want to settle in a comfy chair and immerse yourself in these incredible, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Shelley Seale’s Contribution:
Andaman Islands, India
Far removed from mainland India in the middle of the Andaman Sea, this group of over 500 islands (only 38 of which are inhabited) retains the culture of the sub-continent. The islands jut out of the ocean, with emerald green forested mountains, pristine beaches, stunning coral reefs and active volcanoes. Laid-back Havelock Island is an eco-friendly hideaway, with a beach (Number 7) that was named best in Asia. Ayurvedic treatments are popular here, or you can venture further out to kayak through mangroves and snorkel or dive the reefs. Corals abound with colorful fish, sea turtles, barracuda, tuna and sting rays. Boat trips to explore nearby Ross and Inglis Islands are also big draws. Havelock is the perfect destination for those seeking an unpretentious adventure on one of the world’s last undeveloped tropical islands. –Shelley Seale of Trading Places Global