Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 shines a light on projects pioneering sustainable practices and regenerating local communities

Travel media specialists Lonely Planet has unveiled a reimagining of its Best in Travel picks for 2021, with a focus on commitment to community, diversity and sustainability across the world. 

Lonely Planet have this year reflected on regenerative travel for its Best in Travel 2021 list, selecting 30 inspirational people, destinations and tourism projects that shine a light on pioneering sustainable practices, regenerating local communities and promoting representation in all aspects of travel. 

Among those featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 include projects ranging from restoration of the Australian bush, to conservation in Rwanda, revitalisation of Medellín in Columbia and the introduction of progressive solutions in Gothenburg.

Lonely Planet CEO Luis Cabrera said. “Travel in 2021 and beyond will be a much more considerate exercise than it has been ever before. With travellers cautiously re-engaging with the world and focusing on ensuring their impact is safe and positive for host communities, we have decided to highlight destinations and individuals that truly enable visitors to make genuine contributions through regenerative travel.”

Highlights from Best in Travel 2021 include Invisible Cities, a UK-based social enterprise that offers people affected by homelessness the opportunity to become a tour guide in their own city. Providing engaging and alternative walks bringing city stories to life with unique local perspectives for both tourists and locals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Manchester. 

Zakia Moulaoui Guery, Founder & CEO of Invisible Cities, said: “Our social enterprise doesn’t believe in labels or stereotypes and we want to help as many people as possible to realise their true potential. Through supporting those who have experienced homelessness and training them to become tour guides in their own city, we can help them to change the direction of their lives whilst also offering these one-of-a-kind tours to both locals and tourists alike.”

Other highlights include Ireland’s The Burren Eco Tourism Network, which brings over 60 local enterprises in Co. Clare – home to the Cliffs of Moher – together to become a global leader for sustainable tourism.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 also spotlights the islands of Palau in the Pacific Ocean whose progressive policies and protective measures have put the pristine archipelago at the vanguard of environmental sustainability. And in Cambodia, Footprint Café blends wholesome Khmer cuisine and a unique approach to coworking and community empowerment.

Image Credit: Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2021

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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