Ecotourism

Ecotourism is defined as travel to an area of ecological, geographical, or natural history interest, for the primary purpose of study and education rather than pure recreation. Ecotourist seek to avoid bringing additional pressures upon the region that they visit, and are concerned to ensure that both local human cultures and their environment are enhanced rather than damages by their activity.

In the recent future Ecotourism has grown by individual people changing their principles to organizations opening up to spread awareness on how to respect natural environments.

Its great to be eco-friendly where ever you go and whatever you do. There is a lot of controversy about what people consider eco-friendly and to put into perspective its different to everyone.

What we all know is that it is all about the decisions you make to lower the negative impact to the destination.

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Tips

  • Try booking non-stop flights. Takeoffs and landings create most of the planes carbon emissions.
  • Use a BPA-free water bottle. Many airports have free water dispensers.
  • Consider renting a hybrid or electric vehicle which uses less fuel.
  • Used marked hiking trails to avoid harming native vegetation.
  • If possible opt for a train, bus or ship rather than plane.
  • Look for options to walk, bike or public transit to get around.
  • Consider flying using one of the International Air Transport Associations carbon offset programs.

Destinations

  • Iceland – The capital Reykjavik is considered one of the cleanest cities on the planet and because of its location it is almost entirely powered by hydropower and geothermal energy.
  • Costa Rica – One of the most eco-friendly countries in the world, producing about 93% of its electricity from renewable sources and holds around 5% of the planets total biodiversity.
  • Slovenia – Often overlooked, Solvenia has a sustainability policy that relied on around 75% of its electricity from hydroelectric dams. In addition the capital Ljubljana was voted the European Green Capital for 2016.
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Accommodations

Activities

  • Historical Sites
    • archaeological ruins
    • caves
  • Animal-related Activities
    • safaris
    • bird watching
    • wildlife reserves
  • Local Cultures
    • attending community events
    • visiting villages
    • purchasing local hand crafts
  • National Parks

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