The environment and sustainable practices are topic among many, and should be a practice among many. As vacations that reduce our impact, and give back more than they take, sustainable vacations, or ecotourism, are growing in popularity. The fact that the travel industry makes up a large percentage of the GDP is a top reason why it should be looked at and renovated to promote and maximize a positive impact on our environment and within communities.
If you love to travel and it do it often, you may want to consider a more sustainable approach.
What is Sustainable Travel, or Ecotourism?
As defined by the International Ecotourism Society, it is traveling to natural areas that conserve the environment, and support the local communities and economies.
Explore and respect the outdoors, purchase local, source local meals, and contribute to conservation groups.
There are sustainable vacations to support every budget, although more so the budget travelers. There are destinations throughout the world that partake in organically promoting conservation.
We’ve listed 5 Vacation Destinations where your traveling impact will give more than it takes.
- India- Kerala. A small unspoiled gem, located on the southwest coast of India, Kerala is a home to lush vegetation and beautiful beaches. Banasara Resort is one of the world’s biggest Eco Friendly Hotels. It is made out of compacted mud and earth. Learn about the traditions on this area, and support the local economy while paying for and promoting lodging that is socially responsible.
- Aruba. At the top of the list for sustainable destinations, Aruba reinvests the money that comes from tourism into sustainable solutions for the future, including wind energy or farms. Being that tourism is the staple of their economy, contributing to 70% of it, it enables them to quickly keep moving towards their goal of having their fuel source be 100% renewable. By visiting Aruba and all it has to offer, you directly contribute to their goals, and have a major impact on their local communities and the health of the world. With the beaches, snorkeling and beautiful sites to see, Aruba has a lot to offer.
- Norway. An unexplored area for many, and one that may seem not necessarily on the list of sustainable destinations, Norway actually is. As a community their aim is for sustainable living, which comes through in the regulations they have in place to promote a green future. Being the efforts of Norway are continuously moving in the direction of sustainability, the direct impact has heavily influenced their travel industry.
- Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon may be listed at no surprise to you as a reader. This dense rainforest has unfortunately suffered dearly from the unfriendly, unsustainable practices that have taken place. Many areas are trying to develop practices to sustain and promote the health of the Amazon. By traveling to this amazing ecosystem you will support the locals that guide you through it, feed you and are aiming at conserving the Amazon.
- Samoa. Samoa with it’s beautiful, breathtaking beaches, rainforest, marine life and more, is a leader in adopting sustainable standards based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The Samoan locals involvement is making Samoa a local leader in sustainable travel for many other islands.
There are many sustainable, cost effective ways to travel and create a postive impact on the both small communities and the world as a whole. When planning your next vacation keep these things in mind when seeking destinations and accommodations.