Congratulations to Rotterdam, Netherlands for taking the top spot on Kayak’s 2023 City Index for Mindful Travelers! With its stunning Erasmus Bridge and commitment to eco-friendly transportation and accommodations, Rotterdam is the perfect destination for sustainable travel.
Are you a mindful traveler looking to explore the world in a sustainable way? Look no further than Kayak’s City Index for Mindful Travelers, which ranks the most environmentally-friendly cities on the planet.
As a company, Kayak has long been committed to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. That’s why they created the City Index for Mindful Travelers, which evaluates cities based on their green initiatives, eco-friendly transportation options, and commitment to environmental protection.
The 2023 results are in, and Rotterdam, Netherlands has taken the grand prize as the most ideal city for mindful travelers. This city topped the charts because it’s not over-touristed and you can fly there in the off-season month of January for 59% less on average than the high-season month. It has train and ferry connections into the city and a dependable rail network within it. Rotterdam has many EV charging stations and is extremely bike-friendly, with an estimated 37.5% of all traffic by bicycle and many bike paths. You’ll also find competitively-priced stays that have the Travel Sustainable badge (from Booking.com), plus recycling points and drinkable tap water. While there, you’ll have your pick of walking tours, museums, and theaters.
But Rotterdam wasn’t the only city that impressed the judges. Amsterdam came in a close second, followed by Graz, Austria; Trondheim, Norway; Munich, Germany; Helsinki, Finland. And if you’re looking to explore North America sustainably, our hometown of Vancouver takes the cake as the top spot on the continent in the interactive City Guide for Mindful Travelers.
So what can you do to make your travels more sustainable? Look for eco-friendly accommodations, locally-sourced cuisine, and transportation options like walking, biking, or public transit. And of course, always make an effort to reduce your waste and recycle when possible.
Ready to plan your next eco-friendly adventure?
Check out the full article and chart on the 2023 City Index for Mindful Travelers here.
This exciting new index is the perfect tool for those who want to explore the world while keeping their carbon footprint in check. Kayak has scoured the globe to find the most sustainable cities, and they’ve ranked them based on their green initiatives, eco-friendly transportation options, and commitment to environmental protection.