10 Ways to Weave Impact Into Your Vacation
How to travel in style — the ethical way.
Location, Location, Location
Choose your destination wisely. If you have a burning desire to visit the African continent, consider going to Kenya, which has made a strong commitment to wildlife conservation. Countries such as Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are notoriously less responsible with their natural resources.
Do Some Research
Start with searching around on Green Globe, a worldwide certification program designed to help tourists discover their impact on local ecosystems and communities. You can also check out Planeta, which specializes in tips about environmentally friendly tourism. Doing a little background research will certainly make you think twice about haphazardly planning your next trip.
Look for lodges and hotels accredited with the Green Seal Certification for environmentally responsible practices.
Next time you plan a trip, consider putting some of these principles into practice. While you won’t be solving world hunger or curing AIDS, you may just become an unsung hero to a turtle or family somewhere.
For more information regarding ecotourism, and for some great ideas on ways to travel the planet in an earth-friendly way, check out The International Ecotourism Society’s website.
So what will you do to become a more earth-friendly traveler?