From eco-lodges with cutting-edge sustainability, to tours designed to protect wildlife and empower communities, Lonely Planet’s Sustainable Escapes will make travellers feel better than ever about getting away.

Published in March 2020, Lonely Planet’s new book curates the world’s best eco-conscious travel experiences and places to stay from off-grid camps, to community stays, responsible wildlife encounters, cultural immersion tours, conservation opportunities, green hotels, and more. Australia is represented by Alex Hotel in Western Australia, Clean Coastal Collective, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Queensland, Longitude 131° in the Northern Territory, Swell Lodge on Christmas Island, and Wukalina Walk in Tasmania.

“While the global tourism industry has made great strides towards sustainability in recent years, achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process,” Lonely Planet says. “This process is reflected in our book. When we asked travel writers from around the globe to tell us about their favourite sustainable travel accommodation and experiences, their top picks covered the spectrum of sustainability. Some options had sustainability at heart from conception, while others have made a concerted effort to improve. What unites them, is a commitment to enacting positive change. The sustainable escapes featured in our book,” Lonely Planet continues, “prove that sustainable tourism is possible anywhere, and can take many forms, from high-end private island hideaways in Indonesia to intrepid coastal clean-up expeditions in Australia, and from remastered heritage hotels in Monaco to innovative community tourism projects in Cuba.”

The five chapters will help readers to navigate the vast choices of sustainable escapes available.  Each destination corresponds with a key theme of the escape, Nature, Relaxation, Culture, Urban and Learning.  Within each chapter, the profiles are labeled with the key sustainability feature you can enjoy while staying at the hotel or participating in the tour.

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