Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism can be defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”.
With an emphasis on environmental awareness, ecotourism promotes greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture. But with so many platforms offering insight into the now trendy phenomena, it’s easy to get lost.
A good starting point can be Bret Love and Mary Gabbett’s online platform, Global Travel. From trekking to see Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda to cruising the Galapagos Islands, the couple shares transformative travel experiences that make a positive impact (while also being very much Instagramable).
“We believe that Ecotourism—responsible travel that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people—is the future of travel,” they write on their website. “Our mission is to share our deep love for Ecotourism adventures, inspire people to travel and live more sustainably, and encourage everyone to do their part to make the world a better place.”
Recent travels include Costa Rica and Greece. “A growing number of people genuinely want to be responsible travelers now,” write the seasoned travelers. “They (and you, since you’re reading this story!) are making concerted efforts to learn how to travel more ethically and sustainably.”
When we return to traveling, their website will surely be our first stop!