Don’t tread on Mother Nature’s toes – take an eco-tour!

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If you want to travel the world but avoid treading on Mother Nature’s toes while you’re at it, then you’ll need to be an eco-tourist.

If you want to travel the world but avoid treading on Mother Nature’s toes while you’re at it, then you’ll need to be an eco-tourist.

What exactly does that entail? Well, in short eco-tourists aim to conserve the environment and preserve the well-being of local people in the places where they travel.

Eco-tourism does take a little more planning, but you don’t have to sacrifice luxury, pay a premium or become a backpacker to be an eco-tourist.

According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) ecotourism starts with making informed choices. “Eco” is a fashionable term these days, so it’s important to delve beyond marketing and establish the eco-credentials of the businesses operating in the places you want to visit.

A number of guidebooks can offer suggestions about a destination’s environmental, social and political issues. Also check into the social and environmental practices of any potential tour operators and hotels and make them aware of your eco-minded intentions.

One thing to ask about is what percentage of the hotel’s employees are locals, and whether the hotel supports projects that benefit the local community.

Finally, see if a business has been awarded an eco-label rating or won an eco-award. Certification from bodies like TIES is one of the strongest indicators of a business’ care for its environment and community.

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Don’t tread on Mother Nature’s toes – take an eco-tour! was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.