The Benefits of Ecotourism
20 Top Travel Bloggers on the Importance of Nature Travel
I’ve been a Cirque du Soleil supporter for decades. My fandom became even more ardent as founder Guy Laliberté’s interest in nature and conservation influenced the artistic direction of shows such as OVO and Totem. But it wasn’t until we learned about Laliberté’s ONE DROP Foundation that we decided we had to interview him for GGT.
Founded by Laliberté in 2007, the ONE DROP Foundation is a Montreal-based non-profit whose mission is to make safe water universally accessible, today and forever. Their 3-pronged, sustainable approach towards solving the global water crisis includes a technical component, a microfinance component, and a social arts and education component designed to raise collective awareness.
Last month, on World Water Day, seven of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas-based productions came together for an extraordinary fundraiser, One Night for ONE DROP. The event, which was also broadcast online, featured more than 230 performers (including special guests such as singer Jackie Evancho, painter David Garibaldi and Victoria’s Secret model Orluchi Orlandi) and ultimately raised over $5.3 million for the ONE DROP Foundation.
We were delighted to land this exclusive interview with the always-busy Laliberté, talking about the inspiration behind his water charity, its various projects around the world, and the impact he hopes to have on the global water crisis over the next decade.
I don’t speak to my parents, or my siblings. I haven’t in a long time, and have no plans to do so anytime in the near future.
The reasons why aren’t particularly relevant to this story, which is about family traveling. What is important is that my recent Spring Break trip to Outer Banks, North Carolina with Mary and my 11-year-old daughter, Alex, brought back memories of a time when my parents and I were still very close.
This was many years ago, before my first sibling, a baby girl, was stillborn. Before the arrival of twins overwhelmed my parents with the responsibilities of raising three children at an age (28 and 29) when they were still practically kids themselves. Before our lives became dominated by constant arguing, financial problems, multiple types of abuse, and crappy life circumstances (like my mom wrapping her tiny Fiat around a telephone pole to avoid hitting a homeless person illegally crossing the street in the middle of a thunderstorm).
It was the last time I can recall my immediate family being what anyone might describe as happy.
When planning a trip to Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina might not be the first destination on your itinerary. Many people still relate the country with the war-torn ’90s, and imagine the landscape to be bleak and barren. But in reality, there are numerous attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina that make it an up-and-coming ecotourism destination, including its incredible history, glorious weather, rich culture, and broad range of ecosystems.
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.” –Albert Einstein
Whether you call it nature travel, sustainable travel or responsible ecotourism, there’s something incredibly potent, powerful, and cleansing about getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The air smells sweeter, the sun burns brighter, the colors seem more vivid, and time almost seems to stand still. Whether we’re hiking, kayaking, watching wildlife or just enjoying a quiet picnic, there’s something about unspoiled nature that simply soothes our soul.
With Earth Day coming up April 22, people tend to start thinking and talking about nature conservation more and more at this time of year. But our goal is to encourage people to embrace the beauty of nature and wildlife all year around. So when some of our blogging friends discussed having a monthly themed blog carnival, we immediately volunteered to host a Nature Travel round-up this month to draw more attention to the joys of ecotourism.
So how does it work? Well, if you’re a reader, click on some of the links below to discover some great bloggers writing about some of their favorite Nature Travel experiences, which will hopefully inspire your future adventures. And if you’re a blogger with a Nature Travel story of your own to share, just follow these simple steps: