You are an adventurer and traveler, who thinks about ecology and sustainable development, and who cares about his carbon footprint? No panic, it is completely compatible and I will offer today a small tour of the various modes of responsible travel.
Ecotourism, ecovolunteering, or slowtravel are all ways to travel responsibly and have a different experience.
What is ecotourism?
It is a way to make responsible tourism by encouraging visits to natural and preserved sites. Tourists can then visit preserved natural sites, discover different cultures and stay away from mass tourism. The impact of travel on nature is taken into account, and wants to be as low as possible. Local people receive the benefits of ecotourism directly. The journey is part of a process of sustainable development.
What is ecovolunteering?
It is close to ecotourism, but it also offers tourists to invest in a community for the preservation of fauna and flora. Ecovolunteering is a way to travel, discover and participate in scientific and ecological missions.
What is slowtravel or slowtourism?
These are means of traveling by minimizing the impact on the environment especially by taking its time. Tourists will then prefer to travel on trains or public transport to make their journey inside the country, rather than using cars or internal flights. This form of tourism makes it possible to discover a culture and a society as close as possible and to make enriching encounters. Eat local, discover the culture of a country. Discover crafts and offer a more original gift than gifts from the usual souvenir shops. Supporting a local economy and meeting people are the reasons that motivate more and foreign tourists to choose the slowtravel.
Responsible travel takes time, a month is a minimum as it takes time to travel differently and responsibly. Think, however, of planning all your papers, and of contacting responsible tourism associations. Also think about your travel insurance, because traveling differently you find yourself in a foreign country longer and more exposed to different risks. You will often find yourself in beautiful places but much less touristy and less well served than the big cities.