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Enjoy Eco-Friendly travelling this summer season

By Greenbusiness Subscribe to RSS | June 26th 2012 | Views:

For many people Memorial Day just represents opening of local pools and the unofficial start of summer vacation. If you’re planning your summer escape, try to make it a bit different this time with environment friendly ecotourism.

What exactly is this ecotourism? It is “the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner meant to minimize ecological impact.”

Multiple options are available when it comes to being an eco-tourist. These days, a large number of travelers use the internet and search for discount travel sites while making their plans. One way to be more eco-friendly is to make your travel’s carbon neutral that is calculate the amount of CO2 your travel will generate and purchase that amount in carbon offsets, for a neutral impact.

Popular discount travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity provide an option of buying carbon offsets when you book your travel with them. If in case some website doesn’t offer an offset option or if you’re arranging your journey through other means, you can buy offsets independently.

The price of the carbon offset depends on your travel distance and ranges with each offset provider. The value of purchasing carbon offsets is debatable; also, the effectiveness of carbon offsetting remains unverified. Many people think that buying offsets is better than doing nothing. The value of carbon offsetting is a personal decision.

You can also take a Sierra Club’s quiz to see how “green” your destination is. While offsets allow you to use your wallet to help the environment, eco-tourism looks after sustainability of your travel. Some major conservation related organizations that make good resource for planning vacations include Sierra Club, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and the International Ecotourism Society.

Most of these organizations offer various types of trips overseas with variable costs depending upon the institution and location. Even though these trips may cost some extra bucks, but then, you can be assured of having great fun along with being as eco-friendly as possible. Furthermore, some important tips are provided by these websites.

The International Ecotourism Society in particular offers free and paid memberships that give you access to eco-friendly information. The free membership is definitely worth a try. If you’re happy with your experience, then paid memberships gives you access to job boards and travel discounts.

For further details, you can check out our past posts which comprise of information on local green travel or travel by train, auto and air. Whether you choose to buy carbon offsets, go on an organized trip through various conservation associations, travel safely!

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