Each year, a list of 10 developing nations is published, honoring global hot spots that have been chosen as the most ethical destinations for travelers. The process, led by EthicalTraveler.org examines the roles of environmental protection, social welfare and human rights in each country—and considers the improvement in each over the past year.
In 2011, the list of must-visits spans the hemispheres, offering a destination for every type of traveler out there, whether you’re craving cool or tropical climates. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that you’re supporting an economy in need of tourism dollars, which has the rules and regulations in place that will in turn, help to pass your money onto those who need it most.
So, who made the list for 2011? Check out the list below, in alphabetical order, where we’ve included handy links to the country’s tourism websites:
Notably missing from this year’s round-up are Africa and Asia. Why so? Africa, due to its sever human rights violations. And Asia, for all of the economic development projects hanging in limbo, poor human rights record and lacking environmental policies.