going green (DOC) by omoNaija1


									Ecotourism: Going Green on the Go

Summer is almost here and for most of us that means vacation time. Great
news, we can vacation and still maintain our green principles. It's
called ecotourism. Ecotourism, according to the World English Dictionary,
is traveling to destinations that celebrate nature and vacationing in a
way that protects or minimizes our impact on the world around us. You are
probably thinking this means camping out. While ecotourism can involve
camping out it does not have to mean sacrificing the comforts of indoor
plumbing or any other comfort for that matter. Here are some steps you
can take to create the green vacation of your dreams.

Make informed decisions
Research is always a great place to start before embarking on any new
adventure. Ecotourism has become popular in the last few years, so just
about any destination you chose will have eco-friendly options. If you
are traveling inside the United States an Internet search for the
Department of Environmental Protection in the state you are visiting will
list hotels engaged in green activities. There are also plenty of hotels
internationally that cater to patrons interested in going green while on
the go. Websites such as Greenloons promote destinations around the world
that specialize in ecotourism. There are green hotels and travel to fit
just about any budget.

Ask Questions
However you chose to travel by plane, train, or automobile earth friendly
options may be available. Asking questions can unlock all kinds of
previously unknown options. Many car rental agencies offer hybrids. Since
they are considered to be specialty cars the price is significantly
higher than economy cars but the price range is generally in the middle
range of all the cars offered.

Airlines such as Virgin America, Delta, and a few others are praised as
being more eco-conscious than most. They go beyond recycling. Like
airplanes trains have made many improvements within the last decade. They
are cleaner, lighter, and emit less greenhouse gases than they did in the

Plan Ahead
Since ecotourism is becoming more popular planning ahead and booking
ahead is a great way to get the eco-options that you want. It will help
you get first choice options and save money.

Beware of Greenwashing
Beware of greenwashing. Greenwashing is when businesses deceptively
promote the idea that the business engages in earth friendly policies.
Doing your research and asking questions can help you make the right
decisions when it comes to enjoying an earth friendly vacation.

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