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7/29/2015

The Ins and Outs of Ecotourism

POSTED UNDER Energy & Conservation

As transportation and technology become more advanced, we’re now able to travel to remote parts of the earth previously untouched by travelers. With this power to reach some of the most beautiful, natural places on earth comes a responsibility to make sure we’re touring with a conscience. 

Ecotourism is defined by the Nature Conservancy as: 

Environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features, both past and present) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples.

It’s less about being a tourist and more about being a traveler. The difference? Immersing yourself in the environment and culture of the area, experiencing the world in a way that doesn’t impact the natural environment.

The best way to be a successful ecotourist is through research and planning in every aspect of your trip.

  • Research your route. Try to find the most direct path to your destination to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Book with eco-conscious hotels. Check with your hotel and any arranged tours to see if they abide by sustainability standards, such as the Green Hotels Association.
  • Learn about the destination in advance. Then immerse yourself in the culture by learning key phrases in the native language, experiencing indigenous customs or sampling local cuisine.
  • Support local businesses. Choose reliable local tours or shop local whenever possible.
  • Protect nature at the source. Always stay on the advised trails to prevent damage to sensitive ecosystems.
  • Consider offsetting the carbon footprint you established with the trip (carbonfund.org is a great resource).

As ecotourism becomes mainstream, it opens up travelers’ appreciation for the beauty of our natural earth. In the same breadth, it brings home the importance of being sustainable, during vacation and in everyday life. While summer travel is still in full swing, consider making yourself an ecotourist for your next trip.