The notion “ecotourism” has appeared relatively recently, but it has gained popularity rather quickly. Nowadays, you can find articles on ecotourism in various printed and online media. In addition, the idea of “green traveling” is gaining more and more popularity among the users of social networks who share their ecotourism experience with their followers. So what exactly is regarded as ecotourism?
First of all, ecotourism means traveling to natural areas without making any negative impact on the natural environment. Moreover, being an eco-tourist implies being aware of ecological problems and being willing to contribute to solving them and preserving natural resources. Even a walk in the woods can serve as an example of ecotourism, if your walk there with the aim to increase your knowledge of the present condition of the environment. Exploration and learning are the essential parts of green traveling. In particular, it means learning about the contemporary condition of our planet’s ecology and humanity’s impact on it.
There are several other notions, which are closely connected with ecotourism:
- Adepts of responsible tourism strongly believe that humans have no right to leave any signs of their presence when they travel to wild areas. Not even a single trace.
- Sustainable tourism is traveling to natural areas without wasting their resources.
- Adventure tourism implies traveling into the wilderness with a possibility of extreme or even dangerous situations. Those who fancy such type of tourism often choose unconventional means of traveling and unusual travel destinations.
- Nature-based tourism is also an ecofriendly way of traveling and exploring natural environment.
Considering the fact that humanity has been contributing to various ecological problems with its activity for hundreds of years, the rise of the general interest in green traveling is rather well timed. People should realize that nature suffers greatly because of their activities and should take the responsibility for their actions in order to preserve natural resources.