It's enticing: hair in the wind and legs dangling in the air on a huge dreamy swing in the lush jungle, sulfur-covered faces in a steamy (yet overcrowded) natural spring, and hot-air balloons populating the sky at dusk above a gorgeous spread of food. While I am as guilty of stalking travel bloggers and their pretty pictures as much as the next person, there’s a real-life problem that arises with this destination du jour exposure: overtourism.
When a place receives too many visitors, the quality of life for locals (and travelers, for that matter) can start to deteriorate. Popular destinations are primed to be engines of broad economic growth for countries, but as demand rises, an unequal distribution of wealth occurs along with it.
Being a sustainable traveler often means embracing your power to support lesser-known destinations and their economies. In fact, the United Nations named 2017 the Year of Sustainable Travel to encourage travelers around the world to opt in to this way of vacationing. As a conscious travel blogger, I'm excited to share the following eight beautiful, off-the-beaten-path destinations: