What is Eco-Friendly Travel?
Eco Friendly travel (ecotravel) is tourism that promotes a sustainable environment. By its nature, travel can be both an opportunity for people to experience the environment they live in but at the same time is a threat to it. Ecotourism can help the environment while providing income to local people and, by its reliance on healthy ecosystems, offer a powerful incentive to conserve and protect biodiversity.
Where are the best Eco-Friendly travel destinations?
There exists ecotourism projects that help forge links between human welfare and the protection of biodiversity, in such critical environmental hotspots such as the Upper Guinean Forest in Ghana Madidi, Costa Rica rainforest, the research support program in Belize, the National Park in Bolivia, and the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Petén Region in Guatemala and many others.
How can I help the environment and take my honeymoon at the same time?
You can plan your honeymoon travel in natural disaster areas and partake in some of the reconstruction efforts, or in endangered natural areas help with the protection efforts. This helps in a more that one way: first it helps the local tourism by the dollars you spend in the area, and second, your volunteer efforts help directly in the reconstruction efforts or help conserve and protect the endangered natural areas biodiversity.
Ideas along these lines includes:
- Honeymoons in Costa Rica can help in the rebuilding of the island after the 2017 hurricane season. The photo above is from The Springs Villa at Nayara Springs Resort.
- Thailand where you can volunteer to help Tsunami effected areas on such as cleaning, painting, construction and all other activities required beach clean up – along remote areas.
- Honeymoons in Costa Rica participating in various research programs, analyzing and collecting the data and working on environmental education and community projects.
Carbon Offset services:
Did you know that a single flight from New York to London uses as much carbon as a fully-grown tree can absorb in one full year per person on the flight. See how you can take responsibility for your role in our environment: each time you fly, plant a tree to help the environment absorb the carbon the flight has emitted into the atmosphere. There are businesses and websites that allow you to purchase a planting of a new tree; you can also do this yourself each time you fly.
There exist a growing number of groups offering “carbon offset” services; most of these are UK based operations. These include:
Climate Care – http://www.co2.org
Carbon Fund – http://www.carbonfund.org
Sustainable Travel International – http://www.sustainabletravelinternational.org
CO2Balance – http://www.co2balance.com
Future Forests – http://www.futureforests.com/index.asp
There also exist a variety of smaller, ad hoc efforts.
Wedding couples can pay these organizations to undertake a carbon dioxide mitigation effort by typically, planting trees in an amount sufficient to offset the CO2 produced by a given activity.
The prices one pays vary considerably:
Future Forests charges £30 (about $60) for the three trees required to offset a an honeymoon flight from Dallas to London and back;
Sustainable Travel International charges $60, as well;
CO2Balance charges £24 (~$48); and Climate Care, although it gave the highest estimate for amount of CO2 produced only charges for £15.67 (~$31).
For further information:
United Nations Environment Program – Tourism Program: www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism