The New York Time’s Practical Traveler series posted this article last week about eco-friendly traveling. The article advises on things to look for when considering an eco-friendly trip and has three examples of programs around the world that meet this criteria. They discuss an elephant camp in Thailand, visiting Ecuadoran villages, and adventure travel in Costa Rica.
“While tourism is a vital source of income for many developing countries, it can also result in pollution, deforestation, inefficient energy use and cultural exploitation,” said Ronald Sanabria, vice president of sustainable tourism at the Rainforest Alliance, an environmental group based in New York. The best sustainable tourism businesses not only recycle, conserve water and energy, and use locally produced goods, they also hire local employees, support community projects and preserve cultural heritage.