To be an eco-trip traveler, you need to understand exactly what you’re aiming to do and what an eco-trip is. There are many definitions of the term eco-trip, but EnviroCitizen.org has tried to provide an accurate overview below.
When most people think about eco-trips they immediately think of the environment and making choices that will minimize environmental impact and damage. For example, you might take public transportation instead of driving a car because it will cut emissions, or use less paper because it will save trees. But while the environment is a key piece of green travel, it’s not the entire picture.
Eco-trips are also about respecting people in the local environment. That means respecting their presence, their values and their way of life. It also means learning about all of those things as well. Basically, treat people with respect—the way you would like to be treated.
Traveling green is also about getting to know the local culture — from attempting to learn the language and customs to dressing appropriately. Plus, you’ll have more fun when you immerse yourself in the culture. You’ll have new experiences and broaden your understanding of other people, too.
Eco-trips are about giving back to the local economy. By buying local foods, taking tours with local operator and patronizing local businesses, you’re supporting the local way of life and reducing your environmental impact. Your goods and food won’t have to travel far to get to you and your experience will be more authentic.
Eco-trips are about protecting your personal health. By paying attention to chemicals in your water bottle, shoes and toiletries, you will protect yourself from toxic chemicals. In turn, your choices will benefit the environment because the chemicals from your products won’t end up in the environment.
To summarize, an eco-trip is about:
- Focusing on nature
- Minimizing the impact on the environment
- Providing opportunities for guest interpretation and education
- Having an ecologically compatible infrastructure
- Using ecologically sustainable practices
- Making an ongoing contribution to conservation
- Providing benefits for local communities
- Respecting local culture
- Striving for customer satisfaction
- Having responsible marketingEco-trips are about more than just the environment. They’re about supporting local culture and economy, reducing your environmental impact and improving your personal health — separate, but overlapping issues. EnviroCitizen.org hopes that this brief explanation has helped you to better understand the concept of what an eco-trip is.