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Pack Your Bags: Ethical Traveler Shares 10 Best Destinations for 2013

The annual list looks at how developing countries stack up in terms of environmental protection, human rights and social welfare.

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10. Uruguay

Last but not least, Uruguay is no stranger to Ethical Traveler’s top 10 list. The report ranks it among the highest in the region for women’s and LGBT rights. It has also has environmentally sustainable agricultural policies, is pursuing renewable energy, supports  worker’s rights and has invested in education (including laptops for all students in primary and secondary schools).

The downsides include getting caught in the web of drug trafficking.

Check out Ethical Traveler’s full report here.

Tara Lohan is a freelance writer and former senior editor at AlterNet. She is the editor of two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Follow her on Twitter @TaraLohan or visit her website, taralohan.com.

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