Earth Friendly Travel
Exposing travelers to the wonders of nature, and reducing the carbon footprint while vacationing is a primary goal of ecotourism promoters and travel guides.
Preservation of Natural Areas
Increased travel to little known natural areas, as well as major outdoor attractions garners funds to maintain the area and preserve the environment for future generations.
The purest form of ecotourism includes educating the public about the environment, and the impact humans have on the planet. By teaching conservation techniques and the enjoyment gained by sustainable travel, the visitors leave with an enhanced desire to "do their part" in protecting Mother Earth.
Ecotourism can introduce rural or secluded cultures to visitors, and a greater awareness and tolerance can be gained between the diverse groups. Sharing of heritage through food, art and song leave lasting impressions on all parties involved.
Economic growth through dollars spent by ecotourists in local grocery stores, markets and campgrounds benefit areas which are typically disadvantaged.
Article Written By Tara Dodrill
Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.