If you’re thinking about traveling this summer for your vacations, consider this: Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular among travelers lately. You might want to try it, too.
You may be wondering what this is and how can you do it. Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well being of the local people and involves interpretation and education," according to the International Ecotourism Society.
This trend actually helps to reduce the social and environmental impact to the location and provides a positive experience to both travelers and locals.
If you want to make your travel experience more eco-friendly, you might want to travel to an eco-friendly destination. Here are a few:
- Switzerland: This beautiful European country is making an effort to combat climate change, making it a favorite ecotourism destination.
- Portland, Oregon: Right here in the U.S., this city has 200 miles of bike paths, offering an enjoyable experience.
- Singapore: It might be a long trip, but this country in Southeast Asia is significantly reducing its energy usage.
But you don’t have to go to these places to travel and help the planet. Here are some other ways to make your travel experience eco-friendly:
- Pick a full flight on a large aircraft.
- Choose a non-stop flight.
- Use green airports, like Chicago’s O’Hare and Boston’s Logan.
- Stay in an eco-lodge or green hotel.
- Reuse towels and linens.
- Turn off the lights when you leave.
- Decline housekeeping.
- Find activities that stimulate the local economy.
- Use local tour guides.
- Visit local farmer’s markets.
- Check out local volunteer opportunities.