What is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism is a growing sector of today's tourism industry. It's making many beneficial contributions to the environmental, cultural, social and economic well-being of destinations and local communities all over the world.
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ecotourism as a system of responsible travel and tourism to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people and involves interpretation and education.
Ecotourism Locations in the U.S.
Here's a list of ecotourism locations in the U.S. you should definitely consider for your next trip!
- Portland, Maine - Inn by the Sea is a Leadership in Energy and Environment (LEED) certified hotel that's incorporated eco-friendly initiatives including recycling, solar heating and procuring local produce for their restaurant.
- St. Cloud, Florida - Forever Florida is an ecotourism attraction that offers visitors activities like zip lining and horseback riding, while educating them about their conservation efforts to preserve Florida's ecosystems and mission to provide a permanent habitat for wildlife.
- Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska - Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge is run completely on a non-polluting, alternative energy system of wind and hydro power which supply the entire grounds with energy to spare.
- Greenough, Montana - The Resort at Paws Up is dedicated to eco-conscious efforts including water conservation, using earth-friendly cleaning products and sustainable farming practices.
- Venice Beach, California - Venice Beach Eco Cottages are three solar-powered bungalows that feature organic linens and décor made from reclaimed objects and recycled materials.
Even though these ecotourism destinations aren't perfect, they will continue to evolve with your support as an environmentally and socially conscious traveler.
Tips for Packing Eco-Friendly
Eco-friendly travel starts when you get out your suitcase! Follow these packing and home preparation tips to help keep things green.
- Pack light. The more weight on planes, trains and automobiles have to carry, the more fuel they burn and the more greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere.
- Bring a water bottle and reusable bags. Using these items will help keep wasteful packing to a minimum.
- Turn off lights and electronics. Before you leave make sure that you switch off electronics to cut down on energy usage. You can also unplug all electronics since they drain power even if they aren't turned on.
- Lower the thermostat. Keeping your home's temperature regulated when you aren't home wastes energy. Also, turn down your water heater.
- Recycle. If you purchased any new items prior your trip, open and recycle all of the packaging before you leave.
Dr. Brite Packaging is Eco-Friendly
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Image from The Resort at Paws Up Facebook page.
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