Each year Lonely Planet creates a highly anticipated bucket list ranking of the top spots to travel to in the following year: Best in Travel.
This year the Adventure Peoples reinterpreted the list to reflect how the world and attitudes towards travel have changed. Now is the time to celebrate commitment to community, diversity and sustainability around the world.
The new “Best in Sustainability” ranking includes Gothenburg, Greece and the Rocky Mountaineer train ride in Canada. The award for the best tour in the “Best in Community” list goes to Invisible Cities Homelessness Migration in Great Britain. San Diego is named “Best Cultural Diversity” and Australia is recognized for its restoration work after the bush fire.
Best train ride – Rocky Mountaineer. “This slow travel option has reduced carbon emissions by 18 tons per year, increased onboard recycling and initiated initiatives to protect local wildlife,” says Lonely Planet
Best food destination – Greece. Lonely Planet says, “Organic markets and island seafood make it an unintended leader in the world’s most sustainable foods.”
Best Islands – Palau, Pacific. “Progressive measures and protection measures have made the pristine archipelago the avant-garde of environmental sustainability,” says Lonely Planet
Gothenburg is taking home the Best City Stay Gong, which, according to Lonely Planet, “has introduced a number of advanced and measurable solutions to achieve fossil independence by 2030”.
The Rocky Mountaineer is recognized as the best train ride because it has reduced its CO2 emissions by 18 tons per year, increased recycling on board and initiatives taken to protect local wildlife.
Greece is the best food destination in 2021 thanks to the island’s organic and seafood markets.
Other winners of the category in the list of best sustainability are Palau, Best Islands; Grootberg Lodge on the Etendeka Plateau, Namibia – Best Accommodation; and the Virginia Mountain Bike Trail – Best Biking.
Lonely Planet describes Invisible Cities how they received the award for best tour:[Invisible Cities is] An exciting social venture that offers people affected by homelessness the opportunity to become tour guides in their own city. ‘
It adds that it offers “engaging and alternative walks” that “bring city stories to life with unique local perspectives for tourists and locals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Manchester”.
Best Tour – Invisible Cities. A UK walking tour company and social enterprise offering people affected by homelessness the opportunity to become tour guides in their own city while raising funds for homeless projects
Best city break – Gothenburg, Sweden. “At the top of the Global Destinations Sustainability Index,” says Lonely Planet, “the city has implemented a number of advanced and measurable solutions to achieve fossil independence by 2030.”