Over the last couple of years, travelers have been looking for more ways to get involved and give back. In case you’ve never heard about this trend, it’s called ecotourism, a more responsible and sustainable way of traveling is possible. With all the wonder that comes with discovery, there is no better education than travel. Why? It’s the most wonderful way to open your eyes to different cultures and ways of living and, fortunately, we can protect those places we visit in simple but effective steps.
We can all enjoy a “greener” trip. Ecotourism is defined by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as, “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. This concept talks about visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. A little respect for those who call the location their home, you know?
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Conservation of an area’s resources, such as energy and water, and preservation of the land and wildlife are important aspects of ecotourism. Taking into account that this industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing one it’s essential for itself to reduce the sustainable consequences to make a real impact. Obviously, the hard work needs to be shared both ways and travelers should do their part. Although many people adopt green habits at home (by recycling or turning off the faucet when they brush their teeth), the challenge is to encourage environmentally-friendly manners when they’re on holiday too.
Eco has become a buzzword, because people are starting to realize that a new way of living and traveling is necessary. It’s simply a new form of enriching your travel experience and, at the same time, contributing to make the world a better place.
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Here are some tips you can start today to embrace this concept:
- A green hotel stay: choose to reuse your sheets and towels, take short showers, turn off the air conditioner and use less electricity. If you want to find a hotel that has sustainable practices, check the Green Hotels Association.
- Local tour cities on foot: if you have the option, walk. There’s no better way than understanding the place you’re visiting than doing it with a local. They tend to know the area best, of course. TourPal is a smartphone travel guide application that provide users with multilingual audio tours, created by professional tour guides, another great option. Are you prepared for the adventure?
- Take care of the place: leave it as you found it or even better.
- Spread the word: you green habits need to be passed on to others so that they can enjoy this new way of traveling and help making a positive impact for all.
Have you tried this new way of traveling abroad? Can you share some other tips with the community?
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