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2016’s top 10 ethical travel destinations

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Grenada, Micronesia, Mongolia, Panama and Tuvalu become first-time winners of the Ethical Traveler annual award.

Joining the quintet are repeat performers Cabo Verde, Dominica, Samoa, Tonga and Uruguay.

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Seven of 2016’s Ethical Destinations Award winners are island nations and all ten are credited for their environmental and human rights practices.

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“We honor those that strive to build a better, more sustainable society,” said co-founder Jeff Greenwald in a prepared statement. “Their neighbors can learn and benefit from their example — and so can we.”

Island nations are more exposed to the dramatic effects of climate change, explains the EDA announcement, and are therefore more likely to implement effective environmental policies.

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