Looking to reconnect with nature and escape the bustling city? Green vacation getaways are the perfect escape, allowing you to nourish your soul and mind. Lush trees, wildflowers, breathtaking views and fresh air are only some of the benefits of a green vacation.
With many forests and habitats becoming polluted and being lost to deforestation, it has become harder to find natural landscapes that have been left untouched. This is why it is so important to protect and explore these natural treasures while we still can.
1. Azores Islands, Portugal
Located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, nine lush green islands make up the majority of Azores in Portugal. Each island contains its own unique natural beauty, with wildflowers, rolling green hills, and vibrant moss-covered forests waiting to be explored.
The small island of Corvo features a massive crater, filled with grassy fields and migrating birds. While the island Faial or “Blue Island ”, is named after the beech trees and vibrant blue hydrangeas consuming the landscape.
On the island of Flores, you will find 7 turquoise and blue lakes, surrounded by hiking trails and multi-coloured hydrangeas.
2. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Also known as “Green Mountain”, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica is situated over 26,000 acres. Providing visitors an escape to a lush forest, brimming with wildlife.
A thin veil of mist covers the mountainous forest, which is the reason for its name. The cloud cover provides vital moisture that aids in the plants vegetation and is the reason for its natural beauty.
Containing over 755 different species of trees and over 100 species of mammals, the Monteverde Cloud Forest has grand biodiversity. Hotels and resorts are situated nearby, allowing travellers to easily escape into the wilderness and witness the lush landscape from their doorstep.
During their visit, many travellers take the opportunity to traverse the many hiking trails, go bird watching or go on a night-time nature walk.
3. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
The name may have you thinking that exploring the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is impossible, but this is not exactly true.
Although the forest is densely covered in bamboo and vegetation, making traversing the terrain challenging, due to human innovations such as walking trails, an airport landing strip and roads, visitors have the opportunity to explore parts of the forest more easily.
Tours typically take a few days and involve trekking through the forest and tracking gorillas. Less strenuous tours are also available and include nearby lodging and a shorter hike to a nearby gorilla family that has been habituated to human contact.
4. Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
A lowland tropical forest and diverse biosphere reserve, Cat Tien National Park is the perfect green escape. Ancient tung trees 4 to 7 centuries old reach heights of 8 metres tall, providing ample shade and a vast root partially above ground root system.
A 15km hike through the jungle brings you to the remote Crocodile Lake, a quiet and beautiful site to behold, with baby crocodiles being the popular attraction. On the edge of the Park on the island of 56 ha, is a primate rehabilitation centre called Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre.
Many visitors take the opportunity to visit the centre, learn about the local wildlife and see the many primates they are currently rehabilitating.
5. The Hoh National Rain Forest, United States
The Hoh River carves through Mount Olympus in Washington state, starting from the Hoh Glacier and ending at the Pacific coast.
The river nourishes the surrounding forest, which is brimming with life, including Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock reaching heights of 300 feet tall. Thick moss and ferns cover forest ground and trees, making the forest exceptionally lush and green.
Hiking trails transverse through the forest, allowing visitors to soak in the natural wonder and relax while listening to the quiet forest sounds. To fully embarrass the experience book one of the 72 campsites located along the river.
6. Sapa Valley, Vietnam
One of the most beautiful locations in the world, Sapa Valley in Vietnam is a mountain range covered in green rice fields and lush vegetation. A cable car up Fansipan Mountain, allows you to experience one of the best views of Sapa Valley.
Take pictures, while soaking in the breathtaking view, in between the parting clouds. There are also many hikes, such as the Love Waterfall and multi-day hikes that involve visiting the many small villages located within the valley.
Whether you prefer the view from above, or want to travel through the lush landscape yourself, both experiences will bring you a sense of peace and calm that only nature can bring.
Singapore is known as one of the greenest destinations in the world. Not only for its eco-innovation and technology but also for its incorporation of nature within the bustling city.
Singapore is the perfect destination for those that want to have the amenities and comfort of a well-developed city, but also want to connect with nature.
Nature parks, such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Kranji Marshes and Thomson Nature Park are brimming with trees, flowers, wildlife and a perfect escape.
While deep within the city you will find Gardens By The Bay, a world-famous attraction of plants carefully woven into massive sculptures.
For your next holiday, try a green escape. Breathe in the fresh forest air, while walking through the natural flora and fauna. Not only will this calm your body and mind, but it will also help you be present and appreciate your natural surroundings. Where do you want to go on your green getaway? Comment below.