Even once you've exhausted your staycation possibilities and your travel bug is so bad that you just have to get on a plane and go somewhere far, far away, you might still want to go somewhere that you can feel good about visiting -- a place that treats its people right and keeps the environment healthy. After all, as Ethical Traveler puts it, "Travel is one of the world’s largest industries. Where we go -- where we spend our travel dollars -- has real economic and political significance."
So Ethical Traveler, a project of journalist Jeff Greenwald and of the Earth Island Institute, has provided us with a simple list of places to go where you can feel certain that your hosts are "promoting human rights, preserving their environment, and upholding civil society -- all while creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry." Turns out: Latvia.
To be fair, there are also some more touristy destinations on the no-particular-order list: