Living and working in a big city like Manila has its health drawbacks. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to human health. In Manila alone, one out of four Filipinos suffer life threatening consequences as a result of breathing polluted air.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines are already working hand-in-hand to highlight the pollution and are seeking ways to alleviate the situation.
On everyone's end, it is recommended that we go out of the city and take a breath of fresh air by mindfully travelling to places with clean air.
Here are 5 ‘Fresh Air’ destinations to visit in 2018 recommended by Bannikin Travel and Toursim to give those lungs a break.
1. Trekking the South Island of New Zealand
New Zealand’s National Parks are unprecedented in their glory, beauty and atmosphere. Walk through the famous Milford Track to feast your eyes on some of the most stunning scenery in nature and breathe in air that is crisp, clean and uninhabited. Additionally, take a trip through the Routeburn Track and inhale the fresh scent of beech trees as you make your way through native forests located next to gin colored streams.
2. Stay in a Safari Style Camp in Greenland
Staying in a safari style camp at the edge of Greenland’s ice sheet is a once in a lifetime experience, and the perfect solution for those that really want to disconnect from urban life. Experience the local people and culture of East Greenland, plus explore the pristine wilderness of the country. The best part is, the proximity of icebergs floating by the safari camp conjures a fresh blast of Nordic air so pure that your lungs will thank you.
3. Hike the Burren and Aran Islands
Just recently, Ireland voted to become the first country to completely remove public funding for fossil fuel use, a great reason to visit the Emerald Isle soon! To get the most of the natural air flowing right off the Atlantic, consider hiking the Burren and Aran Islands. The combination of rocky limestone sights and untainted ocean breeze will do wonders for the mind, body and soul.
4. Travel the Routes of Polar Canada
Northern Canada is home to many beautiful sights of nature, especially of ancient fjords as old as the dawn of men. Sail down Sondre Stromfjord, which has 168 kilometres of dramatic scenery, and inhale the crisp, cool and extremely pristine Artic air. Visit the UNESCO site of Ilulissat, the name which literally translates into “iceberg”, and the site of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier - the ‘mother’ of many of the icebergs in the North Atlantic.
5. Explore the Forests of Finland
The World Health Organization recently declared that Finland has one of the cleanest air in the world. So do your lungs a favor and explore the Finnish wilderness on a journey through Oulanka National Park, a trail filled with fresh spruce forests, cascading waterfalls and rushing white-water rivers. Inhale the natural forest air and marvel at 136,000 hectares of startling landscape, plus keep your eye out for a brown bear or two.