November 16th, 2015

What is EcoTourism?

Google defines Ecotourism as:

“tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.”

Googling the definition of Responsible Travel brought me this:

“Responsible travel is a new way of traveling for those who’ve had enough of mass tourism. It’s about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment – but it’s about far more than that.” via responsiblevacation.com

The question of What is Ecotoursim? and What is Responsible Travel? brings me back to a value of the Indie Travel Manifesto:

Learn the economic, political and environmental context of my host culture

That value, works for me as a guide towards responsible travel.

The very act of learning, brings awareness, and the ability to make informed decisions on my choices while I travel.

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EcoTourism & Responsible Travel

You’ve heard about traveling responsibly, conservation, and ‘leaving only footprints’ when you travel, but how can you tell what is actually responsible tourism?
QUESTION:
Do you try to travel responsibly? How do you define ecotourism and how important is it to you? (Be honest.) What are some ways you can travel responsibly and how you can tell if a company/tour is actually eco-friendly or not?
Have you ever been on an eco-trip? If you have photos, show us!

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