Travel isn’t typically considered an earth-friendly endeavor – airplanes are notorious for generating high levels of carbon pollutants, while paper map-toting, taxi-hopping tourists emit further pollution once they arrive at their final destination. But there are plenty of ways that earth-conscious travelers can practice a sustainable ethos, starting with these seven easy points below.
7. Embrace Eco-tourism
Defined as “tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife,” eco-tourism is related to
related to sustainable tourism, but also its very own category. While deploying good green habits could technically make any trip sustainable, eco-tourism is undertaken with the express purpose of making the world better – maybe you’d like to help out at an elephant orphanage for a week, or volunteer for a reforestation project or partake in a tour that incorporates endangered wildlife in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, less scrupulous tour operators taking advantage of this quickly-growing segment; be wary of company’s “greenwashing” to make a dime.
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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.