For those who’ve resolved to only spend their tourist cash in up-and-coming destinations with strong environmental and human rights records in 2014, nonprofit Ethical Traveler has taken care of the research for you.
Every year, the California-based team reviews policies and practices in the developing world, then selects the 10 countries that are doing the most to promote human rights, preserve their environments and support social welfare — all while creating a lively, community-based tourism industry.
“By visiting these countries, we use our economic leverage as travelers to support best practices,” says Ethical Traveler.
In alphabetical order, the 2014 top 10 are:
1. The Bahamas
3. Cape Verde
Choosing the top 10
Ethical Traveler’s research focuses on three categories: environmental protection, social welfare and human rights.
Information sources include Freedom House, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Reporters Without Borders, UNICEF, GLBT resources and the World Bank.
Source: Karla Cripps | CNN