it isn’t always obvious how to make the right low-impact choices when planning a trip. As more people become concerned with global warming and environmental damage, savvy travelers are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate eco-friendly practices into their vacations.
Ecotourism is travel that respects the environment and gives something back to the indigenous communities rather than merely taking away or, even worse, exploiting. It’s also called sustainable, green and my least favorite, responsible travel.
Ugh. Can we get any less sexy? “Responsible travel” — it sounds like such a burden, doesn’t it? So onerous to have to try so hard to accountable when you’re just trying to see the world and have a good time.
Well, let’s debunk the un-fun factor inherent in responsible or green travel; while “green guilt” is a popular pastime, traveling responsibly is not just about doing your part to save the planet.