Spring break is coming up and vacation plans are being made. This spring break, whether you are traveling to Miami, Cabo San Lucas, or anywhere else around the world, ecotourism is an amazing experience. Ecotourism is a fulfilling way of touring. The main goal of ecotourism is exploring new cultures while participating in environmentally conscious activities.
There are plenty of ways to minimize your impact while traveling. The best ways to limit your environmental impact are being cautious of the environment around you and limiting carbon emissions. So here are some tips that can help you plan an ecotourism Spring Break!
When traveling it can be difficult to limit your carbon emissions. First, you need to book a flight. When booking, reserve a nonstop flight. Non-stop flights produce less carbon because you only use one plane. Then when getting ready to go, try to pack light. Packing light also helps to limit carbon emissions because lighter planes use less fuel.
Along with limiting emissions on your flight, try to use public transportation or rent a hybrid car when you reach your destination.
Lodging and Food:
It is also important to research the places you are staying. Hotels are huge carbon emitters.
Before booking a place to stay, try to find a hotel that is cautious of their environmental impact. Using websites such as http://greenhotels.com/members.php or booking an Airbnb is a huge part of ecotourism.
It is also important to eat local. Not only are you limiting carbon emissions, but you are also helping small businesses which is important for any economy.
Now that you know what ecotourism is and how you can limit your environmental impact you are ready to book your ecotourism entertainment!
Common Destination Entertainment:
Miami, Florida and Cabo San Lucas are some popular spring break destinations. When eco-touring, it is important to participate in activities that will have minimal impact on the environment and will benefit the local community.
Here are some examples:
signing up for guided tours, guided hikes, bird watching, etc.
In Miami there are a plethora of tours and hikes for your enjoyment. Some popular ecotour destinations in Miami are the Everglades ecotours, Arch Creek Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve. All of these spots are outdoors and have minimal impact on the surrounding environment. You can find more information and more activities in the links below:
Cabo San Lucas is another popular spring break destination. Some popular ecotour activities include the San Dionisio tour and snorkeling through ToursCabo.
The San Dionisio tour is an all-day event where locals show you around the historic landscape. This tour also includes cultural meals made by locally owned restaurants. Participating in this tour is a wonderful and educational experience.
Another popular activity is snorkeling. There are several places to snorkel in Cabo, however, if you book through https://tourscabo.com/ they will donate part of your purchase to support coastal and marine projects. Learning about the culture and giving back to the community is a perfect example of ecotourism.
For more information about Cabo tours check out the link below:
Ecotourism Destination Entertainment:
Although ecotourism exists all over the world, some destinations are better than others. Ecotourism is a growing interest and many countries are embracing this great tourist attraction. Two of the best ecotourism destinations are Costa Rica and Norway. Both of these countries work hard to preserve their natural environments and attract ecotourists.
In Costa Rica some of the best ecotourism spots are the La Amistad International Park and Biosphere Preserve, the Bri Bri Indigenous Reserve and the Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and Reserve. All these spots have guided tours, hikes, and a commitment to minimal environmental impact. The Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge is especially fascinating. Here you can stay in a hut in the rainforest with guided tours every day and cultural meals that are made from local growers.
If you want more information on these destinations check out the links below:
There are plenty of tours of the Arctic in Norway, but one in particular is the Polar Permaculture: Tour of the Arctic. Here you can stay in cabins and learn about how to grow plants sustainably in the Arctic. Along with learning about this sustainable agriculture method, there are guided tours of the Arctic landscape.
Another amazing ecotourist spot in Norway are the Manshausen Sea Cabins. Guests stay in glass cabins and are served cultural meals. Along with the cultural food and small cabins, they provide tours of the area and are working to be climate neutral.
For more information on both of these spots check out the links below:
Ecotourism is a great experience that anyone can include in their vacation. When traveling (and even just living), being more conscious of the environment around you is extremely important. Getting outdoors and experiencing different environments, while also helping different communities is a fulfilling experience. You may not want to dedicate your entire spring break to ecotourism, but being cautious, limiting your impact, and participating in local activities are things we can all do.
Here are some more ecotourism references used when writing this post:
Any recommendations for companies or products in the above article reflect solely the author’s opinions formed from research about this topic, and do not reflect any affiliation between those companies or products and the WSU Environmental Science Club, or any entity affiliated with Washington State University.
~ Written by Emily Hogan ~