Examples of Eco-Tourism
The Nature Conservancy provides travel packages and eco-tourism options across the United States, its surrounding territories, and select destinations across the globe. From bird watching in Arizona to kayaking in Washington, from wildlife adventures in the Arctic to rainforests in British Columbia, there's a nature adventure fit for virtually any taste or budget. Each destination is chosen to highlight local conservation projects and help travelers reconnect with the natural world around them. If you're concerned with carbon emissions resulting from your travels, you can find a free Carbon Calculator on the Conservancy's website to help you determine the transportation option with the smallest carbon footprint possible.
If an island getaway is more your style, take a look at our Guide to Environmentally Friendly Island Resorts. From Hawaii to Fiji, Indonesia to Australia, these ecotourism options provide the luxury of an island resort without the guilt. Your trip will not only include a stay in an environmentally friendly resort, but you will contribute to the well being of local residents. Many resorts employ local farmers to raise crops specifically for the resort, purchase only local supplies, and support efforts to improve both the economy and the ecosystem of the islands they call home. Some resorts have even helped to restored lost elements of their local ecosystems.
If you're not sure where you'd like to go, consider green travel agencies such as G.A.P. Adventures or Seacology. These companies specialize in matching tourists with appropriate eco-tourism options. Seacology pairs travelers with environmental initiatives and projects on remote islands and other areas that need volunteers. You can spend your vacation enjoying beautiful locales and indiginous peoples, while at the same time giving back by helping to build schools, hospitals, or other community projects. Alternatively, G.A.P. Adventures provides complete eco-tourism packages to select destinations and green-only locales. They prepare travel packages for individuals or families to destinations like Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands.