Nature is a good which is getting all the more rare and precious as time advances. Whether you like to admit it or not, we humans haven’t done much good to our planet. We’ve built and built and built. We’ve dug and dug and dug. We’ve consumed, chopped trees and made massive wastelands. With all of that, it’s almost a miracle there’s still some untouched nature left for us to enjoy. Luckily, more and more people are getting aware of that and are therefore trying to protect every little piece of nature we’re left with. Some are even trying to create new natural reserves.
When you’re living in the countryside, you may not always be aware of the beauty you’re surrounded by. Those trees, those mountains, that sea… You take it for granted and don’t even notice them anymore. Yet when you’ve spent a chunk of your life living in a city, you’ll no doubt be very aware of all the fauna and flora once you spend a weekend in a less-heavily-built place. All of a sudden, you can breathe again and you can actually hear the silence. Which, given, can be frightening at first when you’ve been surrounded by sounds for months on end.
However, once you got used to it, it’s actually very relaxing. And suddenly, you realize you’re in desperate need of a holiday amidst nature. Yet where to go to? Where do you find the world’s most lush nature, where will you be able to relax all the way while enjoying all the great things Mother Nature has to offer? Especially after a few years of global pandemic, that choice may seem overwhelming as you may have lost touch with travel trends and bucket list destinations. Yet luckily, you’re not alone.
The people at money.co.uk have done all the nature research for you and made a list of the “naturally most beautiful countries”. For that, they looked at the number of volcanoes, coral reefs, forests etc. per 100.000 inhabitants. And as governmental legislation matters a lot when it comes to nature protection, they also took the number of protected areas into account. All these calculations resulted in a top ten, showing you the way towards your next nature-themed holiday.
2. New Zealand
9. Papua New Guinea