THE WANDERERS GAZETTE • ECOTOURISM
Updated: Apr 27, 2020
From now on, we will post weekly a small article about a subject that we care about, travel related of course. Welcome in our first Wanderers Gazette ! Hope you will enjoy this new concept of ours.
For its first edition, this Gazette we will be about something that’s on (almost) every traveler’s lips : Ecotourism.
Indeed, we are entering a new era regarding our habits as travelers. The 20th century was the age of tourism development. Regarding the 21st century, that's its eco and sustainable version that getting into the light of the projectors.
Let us tell you more about it, shall we ?
What is it ?
Soft tourism, green tourism, sustainable tourism, ecotourism... Those are the terms you might be familiar with. We are hearing them everywhere since a few years, but do people really know what it means ?
Ecotourism, in its simplest definition, is a form of tourism involving responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of the local people.
This notion concerns both travelers and touristic entities.
The first environmental movement towards any forms of eco travels began in the 70's. It mainly emerged because of the growing hippie influence in society. However, the concept itself became prevalent only from the late 80's.
Ecotourism's notion includes 3 main unities, which are : Conservation, Communities & Sustainable Travel.
- Conservation is focusing on offering long terms solutions for our planet, because as the famous slogan says : "There is no planet B",
- Community's unity has the role of empowering local communities around the world, to give them a voice. The goals are to increase employment opportunities for locals, fight against poverty and finally generate financial benefits for local industries,
- Sustainable Travel is promoting nature appreciation or also eco friendly facilities that are respecting the environment and its resources.
Related article : Community Tourism.
Some examples about how to be more sustainable while traveling
- Discover a city by walk,
- Rent a bike, rather than a car (for short distance trip of course),
- Use public transports or shared lifts,
- Buy recycled clothes,
- Sell any items in decent quality that you don't use instead of tossing them away,
- Buy reusable items (this can be a reusable water bottle, coffee cup),
- Go for a local guesthouse, rather than a big international hotel...
The solutions nowadays keep increasing. Keep in mind that Ecotourism rotates on the Triple R alliance : Reuse, Reduce & Recycle. Once you adopt this motto, your habits will naturally start to change.
Take it slowly though, do not put extra pressure on you. No one is perfect and it can be easily discouraging to go on this sustainable route. But acting just a little, is way better than doing nothing at all. The power of change resides in consistency. Go little step by little step, but every day.
Related article : New Year's Travel Resolutions - Travel Better in 2020.
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This is meaning a lot to us, as it's one of the main causes we are defending as travelers and also a big part of Forever Wanderers blog's purpose.
Thanks a lot for your time, we wish you a lovely day and see you soon, for a new Gazette.