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Don’t Settle For An Ordinary Vacation, Plan An Eco-Adventure

By Sebrina Zerkus Smith |
Looking for a way to get back to nature? Or maybe you want to use your yearly 2-weeks off to help those in need.

Looking for a way to get back to nature? Or maybe you want to use your yearly 2-weeks off to help those in need.

1Maybe you just want to leave as small a footprint as possible no matter where you go to recharge your batteries. Well, you can plan an eco-adventure to meet all your vacation needs.

Ecotourism, or sustainable tourism, has become popular as more and more people focus on environmental conservation and the welfare of host cultures. Sustainable-travel escapes let you experience nature and culture while reducing your overall environmental impact. So have fun and do some good, all while you rejuvenate your spirit.

For those who really want to get away, help others and learn about other cultures, there are many options. Here are some ideas.

Plan-It-Earth, is a U.K. company specializing in family-style eco-holidays. The company offers farm adventures that include environmental education, with an aim toward carbon neutrality. The Real Growers Program gives adventurers a hands-on working knowledge of sustainable food production and horticulture.

1Gap Adventures, was started by Bruce Poon Tip in 1990 to support sustainable travel experiences for those who wanted something different than cruise ships and motor coach tours. By concentrating on service, sustainability and individuality, Gap Adventures promises to “Change Your LIfe” with the adventure of a lifetime. Gap Adventures offers an authentic, diverse experience, where you decide the level of adventure you want.  There are 100s of destinations to choose from including Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Arctic. With 8 trip styles, including volunteer. solo and family packages, and 4 service levels, there is something for everyone here.  

For the do-it-yourself eco-traveler, check out the Ecoclub Ecotourism Directory. This portal for all things eco-tourism is a clearing house of information about what’s going on in the world of environmental travel today. You’ll find resources to help you plan a trip, plus blogs and forums to help you understand cultural perspectives and suggestions for itineraries.

1Charity Guide’s Volunteer Vacation resource can also help you plan a sustainable, giving vacation. Packed with information on ways to help others while you re-energize yourself, Volunteer Vacations will help you find community, camaraderie and exciting experiences in exotic locals --- or in your own back yard. Start planning by deciding what type of volunteerism you’re interested in and how long you want to participate. Accommodations are basic, but you will come away from your experience with the knowledge that you’ve done something good.

Today, we can travel to almost any corner of the world , even untouched, natural areas. But, before you head off to enjoy nature’s beauty, it’s important to realize how you will affect the place you visit. Planning an eco-vacation will help you lessen your impact, and help preserve our natural heritage for generations to come.

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  • Elaine F. 5 years ago
    I've been thinking about going on a short hike with my kids.