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Are You an Eco-Traveler? | 5 Steps to Plan Your Next Adventure
Posted By Wendy Worrall Redal On January 6, 2014 @ 3:29 pm In Eco Travel, Green Living, Green Tech | No Comments
Ecotourism involves more than just exploring nature or viewing wildlife , which on its own does not always contribute to the welfare of a place and its inhabitants. Indeed, some destinations, such as the Galapagos Islands , are at risk of being ‘loved too much.’
At its heart, ecotourism involves “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people,” according to the International Ecotourism Society. 
With this in mind, consider whether your travel plans include the following principles and practices that are central to ecotourism that makes a positive difference:
When choosing destinations, accommodations and tour operators, consider which ones work to protect the environment and benefit local cultures and communities.
Making informed choices before and during your trip is the single most important thing you can do to become a responsible traveler. With a little planning, you can improve the quality of your trip while making a real difference to the people and places you visit.
When you keep these concerns in mind as you plan, you can rest comfortably knowing that your travel enhances environmental and social benefits.
Your choices can help provide needed income to support conservation in a local economy where natural resources are strained. The activities you choose can contribute to conserving the natural and cultural heritage  of the place you are visiting. And when you select eco-conscious forms of transportation and accommodation, you can combat tourism’s impact on climate change by using alternative or non-motorized transport options and energy-efficient operations that utilize reduced- or zero-emission practices.
Here’s to mindful traveling,
Vegan Travel Flat 
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