Compared to last year's results, it was interesting to see just how much the ranking had altered, with Rhodes topping the charts in 2022 but finishing in fifth place just 12 months later.
Elsewhere, La Fortuna de San Carlos dropped out of the top 10 completely this year, having placed as the sixth most sustainable destination in the previous ranking. The most improved location was Charleston, South Carolina, which has moved up seven places in the ranking over the past year.
Split remained the best destination in terms of the lowest climate impact, despite increases in emissions for every location in the ranking. In 2022, emissions for a round-trip flight between Split Airport and Heathrow were 626 KG Co2 compared to 782 KG Co2 in 2023.
Additionally, it was surprising to see that the number of locations offering hotels with charging stations for electric vehicles had decreased in the past year.
This was particularly noticeable in Majorca, where in 2022, 16 hotels offered EV chargers compared to just seven in 2023. Rhodes followed a similar trend, offering three in 2022 but providing zero for visitors just one year later. A potential reason for this could be the cost of upkeep for these charging stations.
Lastly, pollution levels improved in all areas except two; North Male Atoll, which dropped from moderate to high, and Luxor, which remained moderate. Everywhere else either remained low or improved to this healthy level of air pollution.
Overall, we hope this updated ranking of 2023's most popular travel destinations by sustainability proved insightful in visualizing the differences over the past year and has helped to narrow down your options and go on to select your ideal holiday destination.
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