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Become an Eco-Tourist
Travel can be much more than simply visiting places, taking pictures and buying souvenirs. When executed mindfully, and with the minimum impact, travel can inspire cultural awareness, tolerance, and commitment to environmental responsibility. Your journey to becoming an eco-tourist starts with an awareness that as a vital part of the global tourism industry, you, the traveler, have the power to help transform the way the world travels.
Start By Making Informed Choices
Interested in learning why your travel choice matters and how you can be the change? We are here to help you make positive contributions to a sustainable future. See these five easy steps that you can follow when making your travel plans to ensure your travel choices support conservation, communities and sustainable travel.
Turn Your Vacation Into Opportunities for Positive Change
By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving negative marks on cultures, economies, and the environment, while making a positive impact on the people and places you visit. On your next trip, be sure to take with you these tips on Do's and Dont's to maximize your opportunity to make a difference while on vacation.
If you think ecotourism is not for you because you don't have enough money or because it's too difficult for you, think again!
Myth: I have to sacrifice quality and luxury of accommodations.
Reality: Many lodges, hotels, and B&Bs have very high standards for quality and luxury. They bring nature and culture within your reach, while still assuring your level of comfort.
Myth: It's expensive!
Reality: Responsible tours and accommodations come in a range of prices, depending on the level of comfort and convenience you desire.
Myth: It's too complicated!
Reality: The internet makes it easy to plan and book responsible travel. When you arrive at your destination, there are simple steps you can take to make your trip environmentally and socially responsible, and reduce your footprint by saving energy while traveling.
Myth: It means traveling to tropical jungles.
Reality: Ecotourism often brings to mind images of exotic tropical locations, but the reality is that ecotourism opportunities can be found in a wide range of destinations, and ecotourism accommodations and tour packages exist on every continent.
Myth: It's for backpackers.
Reality: People of all interests, ages, incomes, and backgrounds can become eco-tourists, and there are plenty of family-friendly options.
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