We’re well and truly into the new year, and it might be time to start thinking about your next eco holiday destination. With so many options on the table, it can be hard deciding on where to go. Often if boils down to these three things:
- Somewhere new
- Social media worthy
Price is going to be very important for many people. These days it’s pretty cheap to fly and with so many low cost carriers there’s always a cheap option out there. But it’s not just the flights to take care, there’s accommodation, transfers, food, entertainment and so forth. All these things add up. Generally, better deals can be found online if you’re prepared to spend a little time on research. Otherwise there’s always the travel agent if you don’t have the time. Whilst we all love getting a bargain, wouldn’t it be worth spending a little bit more if your final choice was more eco conscientious.
Unless, you’re the sort of person that goes back to the same place year after year many of us will want to venture somewhere new. This is a good opportunity to look into destinations that offer a different experience. For example, there are many eco tours operating around the world from Chiang Mai, Thailand through to Inca trails in South America. If you’re going to look at a new destination why not choose somewhere that offers eco tour packages. It can often be the best way to truly experience a new place, whilst minimising your eco footprint.
Social media worthy. These days we’re pretty much addicted to our phones. So no doubt whilst on holiday we want to share photos that will make our friends and families jealous. But how about taking photos that highlight native environmental plights. This could be the endangerment of rare species such as rhinos in Africa, or Mountain gorillas in Uganda.
Reconsidering our choices and applying a more environmentally consciousness framework to the above criteria is certainly a step in the right direction to becoming a more environmentally conscientious tourist.