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5 Fresh Air Getaways for Urbanites in 2018

Trekking the South Island of New Zealand

Living in large, urban cities has its health drawbacks. The World Health Organization recently announced that air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to human health in a report stating that 9 out of 10 people in the world breathe polluted air. That’s 92% of the world’s population. With staggering statistics like this, it is necessary, almost vital, that we mindfully travel to places with clean air for the purpose of our health.

Here are 5 ‘Fresh Air’ destinations to visit in 2018 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. Go there with New Zealand Walking Tours on Beautiful South.

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 and 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. Go there with Natural Habitat Adventures on Discover Greenland.

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 Burren and Aran Islands. The combination of rocky limestone sights and untainted ocean breeze will do wonders for the mind, body and soul. Go there with Wilderness Ireland on Hiking Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher.

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 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. Not only is the air extremely pristine in this part of the world, it has kept many nearby habitats and communities healthy because of its high quality. Go there with Adventure Canada on Into the Northwest Passage.

5) Explore the Forests of Finland
The World Health Organization recently declared Finland has 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. Go there with Exodus Travels on Wild Finland.

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