The Top 5 Benefits of Ecotourism

As people are becoming more and more responsible when it comes to how they see (and treat) the world that we live in, being eco-friendly is affecting each and every aspect of their lives; including when it comes to what is known as ecotourism.

If you’re not aware of what that is, basically it’s about making a concerted effort to travel in a more efficient and responsible kind of way. By choosing this an option, it helps us to conserve resources, contribute to the local communities of where we are traveling to and also play an active role in celebrating their unique culture.

So, what are some of the more specific benefits of ecotourism? We’ve enclosed five of them below:

It provides a good education. Being accountable to how we live our lives is a universal language. No matter where you go, by putting forth a concerted effort to interact with the people who live in and on the outskirts of the city (rather than taking the “tourist route”), you are able to see how other people go about their daily routine; you may even be able to exchange some tips that you can apply once you return home.

It helps you to embrace the nature of where you are. When we’re so consumed by being entertained by events that require, say electricity for instance, we can end up missing out on some of the natural beauty of a place. Rather than researching the best shows in town, look for the hiking trails, parks, rivers and beaches. It’s not just beautiful to look at, but financially savvy and in many ways (because you’re moving about), healthier too.

It assists with local entrepreneurship. By putting forth a concerted effort to check out the less commercialized hotels, restaurants and shops, you are helping to support the local business people and that’s always a good thing for any city. It helps to stabilize the economy and also encourages entrepreneurship to continue to grow and thrive. Also, as local people see that there can be money made from the resources that are in their city, they will make more of an effort to protect them and also use them more often (businesses included).

It holds their government system accountable. Say that you’re headed on a Japan tour and you decide that while you are on one that you want to personally request how you can visit some of Japan’s natural scenic places such as the Mt. Fuji, Shiretoko National Park and Kii Mountain Range. By not only going to these landmarks, but even going a step further and writing in on the website or even to the embassy how much you enjoyed that part of your visit, you send a message to the government that they need to continue to make funding available to preserve those places for years to come.

It’s a great way to volunteer your services. Traditionally, unless you’re a part of something like the Peace Corps or you’re on a mission trip, you don’t tend to think about going on a trip and then volunteering your time. However, there are a lot of things that wouldn’t be in development if it wasn’t for those who didn’t make the commitment to donate their time and effort. Whether it’s for a day or your trip’s entire duration, consider volunteering at a local reserve, park, landmark, school or non-profit organization. It can be your way of “leaving your mark” on the city you visited long after you’re gone.

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