It’s not always easy being an eco-conscious traveller.
Especially when the appeal of travelling the exciting cities of the world can outway finding time to appreciate natural wonders and green spaces.
With sustainability and green living becoming increasingly prominent in contemporary life, TravelBird said they’re sharing this study in order to further the dialogue around sustainable tourism.
The results recognise the cities making large efforts to be sustainable by preserving ecological areas, as well as those introducing initiatives to improve the quality and quantity of man-made green spaces.
The data is presented in terms of square metre per person.
For example, the results show how many square metres of park or woodland each city has for every inhabitant.
This creates an easy visualisation of how much green space a visitor could benefit from during a trip.
“The World Health Organisation has reported that urban green spaces help individuals to feel more relaxed, reduce stress levels and also help protect against harmful pollutants,” said Fiona Vanderbroeck, Chief Traveller Officer at TravelBird
“With many of our travellers seeking refuge from the grind of their daily routine, the thought of a city break might have once seemed contradictory to the idea of a relaxing vacation—but this index, highlighting the various green cities around the world, proves otherwise.”
And good news for Aussies, Sydney did pretty bloody well, coming in fifth in the ranking of top ten greenest cities based on square meters per person.
Here’s a break down of Sydney’s results:
Here’s the top ten in terms of percentage of green space in the location:
These are the top cities for travellers looking for a destination offering more in the way of forests and woodlands:
And here are the top cities based on parks, again Sydney bloody killing it.