One of the biggest problems we encounter when we tell people that our site focuses on Ecotourism is that a lot of people actually have no idea what Ecotourism is.
Even when we explain that it’s relatively synonymous with buzzwords like “sustainable travel,” “responsible travel,” or “green travel,” there are still a lot of misconceptions, even among experienced travel industry veterans.
For people outside the travel sphere, the word Ecotourism seems to conjure up images of camping out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nature, cooking everything over a campfire and using some sort of ancient herbal remedy to keep the bugs away.
And technically, yes, a trip like that could fall under the umbrella of what Ecotourism is all about, which is traveling in a way that respects (and hopefully benefits) the nature, wildlife and indigenous culture of a place.
But the truth is that Ecotourism is ultimately more about a philosophical ideal than a specific style of traveling. It encompasses experiences that run the gamut from rustic to elegant, from budget to luxury. And one of our favorite forms of Ecotourism, known as Glamping, offers the best of both worlds.
Our modern lives tend to generate large quantities of harmful carbon emissions, whether through pollution caused by automobiles or through the process of generating electricity. The UK alone generates an estimated 7.9 metric tonnes of carbon emissions per person per year, much of it the result of power generation.
With energy prices rising and fossil fuels in increasingly high demand, finding cheap alternative energy sources may seem like the most important answer. But it’s also important to look at ways you can reduce or offset your carbon footprint.
Did you know that some hobbies can actually help you cut down on the amount of atmospheric carbon you generate, while others can actually offset some of the emissions? Here are a few suggestions for fun past times that are actually good for the environment:
(The following is a guest post by Kristin Addis of Be My Travel Muse, a website geared towards independent travelers who like to head off the beaten path in Asia and Australia. You can connect with Kristin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’re a blogger interested in contributing a guest post, please contact Bret Love at [email protected])
Picture pristine blue waters, warm as can be, with visibility so perfect the reef practically glows right through in the bright sunlight.
These perfect conditions exist in diving towns all around the world, including the Similan Islands in Thailand, Sipadan in Borneo, Komodo in Indonesia, and Caye Caulker in Belize. It seems like every tourist in these dive towns is either getting some sort of certification, or is an advanced diver looking to spot something special under the waves. Maybe this will be the time they get to see a rare Hammerhead shark, a hard-to-spot Mandarinfish, or a majestic Manta Ray.
When we first launched Green Global Travel in November of 2010, we had a simple (if ambitious) mission: To learn how to travel, and live, more sustainably, and to share that knowledge with others. To some degree, we started the “Go Green Tips” section for ourselves, to encourage our ongoing education in all things eco-friendly.
From early tips on energy-efficient lightbulbs and shopping at thrift stores rather than buying new clothes, we eventually graduated to more complex topics such as how to choose a “Green” hotel and DIY rainwater catchment systems. The most important thing we learned along the way is that being Green isn’t about grand gestures, but the little decisions we make every single day. It’s about making more responsible choices that consider our impact on the planet.
Those choices extend to the foods we choose to put into our body. As we learn more about the environmental and health risks associated with GMOs and processed foods, we’ve gradually added a lot more organic fruits and vegetables to our diet. Recently we’ve been doing more research into the health benefits of certain foods, many of which have been proven to help prevent certain diseases. We decided an overview of these healing vegetables would be perfect for our 100th Go Green Tip, as it spotlights the crucial role nature plays in our general well-being. Hope you enjoy!
Anyone who loves gardening and lives in an apartment or house without a big yard knows the disappointment of not having the space available to grow plants. But now, thanks to the increasingly popular “Do It Yourself Vertical Garden,” you can make planters that allow you to capitalize on the vertical space that almost everyone has. These planters are perfect for outside on a balcony or sun deck, or inside in an area with good sunlight. They’re very popular for growing herbs, but you can also add small flowering plants to make it more decorative. There are a number of different methods for making vertical planters yourself: The best approach depends on your personal preference, space, and the tools you have available to you…