Ecotourism is an ideal way to minimize your negative impact on the environment while traveling the world and enriching yourself with authentic local experiences. And it doesn't have to be expensive: your eco-adventure could be on a reasonable budget while also limiting your carbon footprint on the planet.
The ecotourism experience varies in different countries. Some have longstanding experience, while others are just beginning to develop. If you are traveling abroad, don't forget to research requirements such as visas, accommodation, and travel insurance, and the cultural habits of the country. Additionally, as nature reserves open for ecotourism apply quotas for camping or tours, it is helpful to research in advance whether you will be able to take advantage of these opportunities for the duration of your stay.
Today we offer you a short eco-walk around the world...
A large number of tourists flock to Jordan each year to visit the breathtaking ancient city of Petra. Few of them, however, are aware of the flourishing ecotourism sector in the country. Jordan is a wonderful example of how ecotourism can benefit both the environment and the economy. There are many nature reserves throughout the country and their conservation goes hand in hand with preserving cultural heritage. One of the attractions in the Wadi Rum desert is the opportunity to stay in a real Bedouin camp and learn more about local customs.
The enchanting landscapes of Iceland rank among the top places that many ecotourists definitely want to see. As one of the first countries to encourage and support ecotourism, Iceland offers many opportunities for the savvy traveler. The majority of the country's energy production is covered by geothermal and hydroelectric power plants, and its tourist board promotes activities and accommodations that minimize your carbon footprint or the use of motor vehicles. Imagine strolling through volcanoes, watching the Northern Lights in a place everyone would like to see one day, and staying in boutique green hotels where even the sheets are provided through fair trade.
Located off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most suitable places in the world to see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. With its exceptionally wild nature attracting global attention, the island administration has introduced methods to promote ecotourism and eco-travel, educational programs in this direction, strict rules for entering national parks, and limiting the number of visitors. Those who come to the islands, which are inhabited in a very limited part, should know that they should not leave anything behind and that they are only allowed to take pictures.
Although the United States is not the first country that comes to mind when it comes to ecotourism, after many initiatives in this direction over the years, eco-traveling here has become much easier. With its exceptional national parks, eco-friendly activities, and eco-accommodation opportunities, some states such as Alaska, California, and Hawaii stand out more than others. There are also many camping sites throughout the country, and the public transportation routes that traverse the country are becoming more and more efficient, of course, if you don't mind traveling slower through the country.
Known for its top-tier education system and approach to sustainability, Finland has also become a preferred eco-destination in recent years. From the endless forests outside the capital, Helsinki, to the snowy plains of Lapland, you can enjoy untouched nature and authentic cultural experiences with friendly locals. If you have time to travel on two wheels, Finland is a bicycle-friendly country. Architecture, cuisine, and fashion continue to evolve with sustainable and ethical goals. If you go to Finland, which has a small population and a high level of prosperity: don't forget to visit one of the many saunas like Kultuurisauna or Loyly, sleep in a glass prism overlooking the Baltic Sea, or see the Arctic wooden houses.