Travel Tips. Eco Travel

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Travel Tips. Eco travel.

With the amount of information regarding climate change steadily growing, people - and especially travellers - are looking for ways to minimize their carbon footprints and travel in a sustainable manner. But what exactly is eco travel?

Eco travel is all about minimizing your environmental impact by carefully choosing how you travel, what activities you do, and where you stay. It is often directed towards exotic (or even threatened) natural environments, and supports conservation efforts or observes wildlife, with the understanding that people who have actually seen the animals and environments that are most in danger are the most likely to take actions to protect them.  

Ecotourism doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Often small changes like taking a walking tour instead of a driving tour or using a local tour company as opposed to an international chain can make huge differences. Using environmentally aware companies don’t limit travel options at all - they can offer activities from safaris to white water rafting, to exploring the Arctic. These companies usually include an educational benefit for travellers as well.

Ecotourism is a great way to explore places off the beaten path. With Costa Rica at the top of the list of most popular ecotourism destinations, other destinations include Botswana, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands. Tours include incredible natural panoramas of the wild world and amazing animal life.

Cost is always an issue unfortunately,  and eco travel can often be quite expensive. One argument to justify the cost is that it is an investment for the future. The extra costs cover the pay of anti-poaching patrols and the installation of solar panels. It isn’t just a surcharge, it’s a payment to minimize your impact on the fragile ecosystems that you visit. As long as eco travelers spend their money wisely, it doesn’t have to break the bank. It just takes a little bit more planning. And it definitely adds to the satisfaction of the holiday to know that you are responsible for helping to preserve these natural wonders for future generations to see and enjoy as well.

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