Tonga in top 10 poor countries you won’t regret visiting

Intrigued by Belize? Curious about Costa Rica? Dreaming about Vanuatu? What about Tonga?

Now here’s a really good reason to visit in 2017 - they’re all on a new hot list of destinations where you can be sure your trip won’t be guilt trip.

Holidaying in developing countries can often raise a complex set of questions and concerns - like, “Is tourism really helping the local people?” or “Am I damaging the environment by visiting?”

Thankfully, the folk at Ethical Traveler have answered these questions and come up with a list of stunning emerging destinations around the world where you can be confident you’re doing the right thing by visiting.

Each year, the organisation researches the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, using data from groups such as Amnesty International and the UN to find the 10 most ethical destinations.

Criteria include forward-thinking policies, tourism infrastructure, natural beauty and welcoming cultures.

From tropical islands to quirky cultural gems, these up-and-coming holiday spots are making a big impression for all the right reasons. Take a look at the list - and get booking.


Made up of more than 170 islands, this South Pacific nation brings together authentic island culture, history and natural beauty. Known for its whale watching, diving and snorkelling, it’s been called “the New Caledonia of 10 years ago”. Among policies that have earned it international recognition is a new campaign to combat domestic violence.


It’s been called “the land of smiles”, and a combination of welcoming locals and natural beauty make Vanuatu an attractive destination for both fly-and-flop holidays and active adventures. The Pacific island nation features pristine beaches, impressive dive spots and one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes on the island of Tanna. Progress on education - it’s extending free education up to the age of 10 - and domestic violence helped its standing among the world’s most ethical destinations.