As much as we love it, travelling requires time and money. I’m fortunate to be planning my own solo travel to New Zealand, however, I’m aware that this might be my only chance to travel. There are still hundreds of places I might never see unless by chance I win the lottery. So, I’ve created a bucket list of wishful thinking, or where I would go if I became very rich and narrowed it down to four destinations (which wasn’t easy!). I chose these four because of their focus on ecotourism and their use of tourist revenue to preserve the environment and its inhabitants.
Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico
Scuba diving is another bucket list experience and I can’t think of anywhere better than ticking it off at Cabo Pulmo National Park in Mexico! The park is home to North America’s oldest reef and its winning place on my list is attributed to its local community for their passion in upholding its protected status after years of overfishing. Thanks to them, the marine life on the reef is one of the healthiest on the planet. It has attracted tourists from all over the world and provided business for the locals. Visitors can enjoy activities from snorkelling to diving confident that their money is going towards conserving the park’s biodiversity.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has made the list because it’s one of the leading countries in the world for ecotourism. It’s not surprising when the country contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve first grabbed my attention for its name. A cloud forest sounds like an amazing experience! This reserve has tours which guide you through its spooky gloom on walkways which run through a canopy of clouds and trees. From night walks to butterfly gardens and zip-lines, it has a lot to offer. Its onsite accommodation is designed to be unobtrusive and sustainable. Their revenue goes back into the reserve through research and preservation programs.
Fjord Tours, Norway
Norway is stunning, and I would happily explore every inch of it. Not to mention Scandinavia is a pioneer when it comes to environmentalism (Sweden’s recycling scheme is so effective they’ve run out of rubbish!). Conservation is at the heart of Norway’s tourism as we’re reminded by their slogan ‘powered by nature’ on the official website. If I had the chance I would do a Fjord Tour for their award-winning dedication to providing an unforgettable experience while minimizing their carbon footprint. They use existing public transport to lead you through breath-taking scenery. What better way to immerse yourself in Norway’s beauty?
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
It’s unlikely that I’ll visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania, but it would be the most rewarding destination on my list. The site is famous for some of human evolution’s most important discoveries and is a habitat for the ‘big 5’ including leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhino. It has been established to safeguard the interests of the Maasai tribe as well as to preserve its natural, cultural and archaeological resources. Ecotourism is promoted to fund this effort, and visitors on safari are taught the importance of minimal impact observation. To see a lion in its natural habitat, content, uncaged and undisturbed would be a very powerful experience.
So, that concludes my wishful thinking bucket list or where I would go if I became very rich. These destinations are just the tip of the iceberg and I doubt I’ll be ticking them off my list anytime soon. But who knows what the future will bring? Perhaps I will win the lottery!
What is your ultimate bucket list destination?
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