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TOP 5 ECOTOURISM DESTINATIONS YOU NEED TO BOOK NOW

ECOTOURISM DESTINATIONS

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Looking for a life-changing travel experience? Well then, resist the urge to “revenge travel”. While hastily booking a trip might get you out of town fast and cheap, it may also cause you to overlook some unique and life-changing travel opportunities. Instead, we suggest planning a trip that supports ecotourism. It doesn’t sound too flashy, but let us assure you, some of the nicest hotels in the world are sustainable and located in the most picturesque environments you could ever imagine.

We can say from experience that ecotourism is one of the most positively impactful ways you can travel – for people and the planet. Not sure how to start planning an ecotourism-style holiday?  Well, you’re in the right place; we partnered with Air France to help break it down for you.

WHAT IS ECOTOURISM:

Ecotourism is defined as travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and often involves an educational component. 

TOP 5 ECOTOURISM DESTINATIONS TO GET YOU INSPIRED FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION:

1. THAILAND

doi inthanon mountains northern thailand homestay ecotourism
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Recommended region: Northern Thailand

More specifically, head to the Doi Inthanon Mountains – where you will find Thailands highest peak. This area is rich in culture and adventure. 

Recommended hotel/experience: NEXTSTEP THAILAND

This ecotourism company offers sustainable overnight tours that support the locals. It is an educational experience that dives into the history of the land and the Karen People who live there. You can stay at one of their ecolodges. Or better yet, you can do a homestay.

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2. PORTUGAL

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Recommended region: Algarve

The southern region of Portugal still has hidden gems for the ecotourism traveller.

Recommended hotel: Casa Vale Da Lama

This hotel is located on a permaculture farm. Here you can learn about regenerative farming. This hotel is locally owned, has a farm to table kitchen, and uses sustainable practices to run the hotel. Plus, they even rescued some donkeys.

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3. FRECNH POLYNESIA

the brando sustainable ecotourism hotel

Recommended region: Tetiaroa Island

All of the islands are breathtaking but one private island in Tahiti called Tetiaroa, offers the ultimate sustainable luxury.

Recommended Hotel: The Brando Resort

This resort is not for everyone with a steep price point. However, if you want to treat yourself but still want a hotel that puts the planet first, this is your spot. The Brando uses renewable energy and locally sourced or recycled materials for their Platinum LEED certified buildings. Plus, they also focus on conservation of the land, marine life, and the local culture.

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4. ITALY

eco hotel saltus eco friendly ecotourism hotel italy

Recommended region: South Tyrol

Head to the Dolomites, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is much ahead of most parts of Europe when it comes to sustainability with 85% of the homes being run on renewable sources. 

Recommended hotel: Eco Hotel Saltus

This sustainable luxury hotel is committed to protecting the planet and their local culture. Saltus is made completely by natural and locally sourced materials (i.e. clay walls). Also, the food at the restaurant is locally sourced.

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5. KENYA

Sarara Camp ecotourism hotel accomodation kenya

Recommended Region: Northern Kenya

More specifically, the Matthews Mountain Range. A region once devastated by elephant and rhino poaching, is now on the rebound thanks to conservation projects. It is now home to Kenya’s second largest elephant population.

Recommended Hotel: Sarara Camp

Sarara is more than a hotel, it’s a conservation initiative. It provides travelers with access to one of the world’s last truly intact wildernesses. The camps are sustainably built, community-owned and managed. Most importantly, all the proceeds go back to the land and its people.

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ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORTATION TIPS FOR YOUR ECOTOURISM TRIP:

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Now that you’ve chosen an ecotourism destination, make sure the transportation to get there is low impact as well. Transportation during your trip is an important part to consider if you’re trying to reduce your footprint during the entirety of your trip. Use these 5 tips to make the transit portion of your trip less carbon intensive and less wasteful.

1. CHOOSE YOUR AIRLINE WISELY

Choose an airline taking active steps to reduce their impact on the environment. Air France is a leader in this area. For example, they launched a tree-planting program where customers can donate to a tree-planting project. So far, over 200,000 trees have been planted in 25 countries. Also, they recently launched a second project in our home province of Ontario, Canada, where they have the goal of planting 3500 trees. This is just one of many ways AIR FRANCE is trying to reduce their carbon footprint. You can learn more about them here.

2. PACK LIGHT

Every pound you take on a plane, train, or automobile requires more fuel. So, the lighter you go, the less carbon output you produce.

3. USE THOSE LEGS WHEN YOU CAN

When you arrive at your destination, consider lower impact transportation options like walking, biking, public transportation, and carpooling.

4. GO PAPERLESS

Don’t print your boarding passes if you don’t have to. We love that Air France has an app that allows you to check-in on your phone and download your boarding pass.

5. SAY NO TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC 

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To make it easier to avoid single-use plastic, bring your own cutlery, reusable water bottle, travel mug, and food containers on every trip. We love that Air France makes it easy to avoid plastic during plane travel. They have opted to use cardboard cups and FSC-Certified wooden cutlery and mixing sticks. Also, they stopped distributing plastic straws in 2015. 

ECOTOURISM DESTINATIONS CONCLUSION:

Ecotourism can be beautiful, luxurious, and can open your eyes to the world in a new way. It might take a bit more research and planning, but the impact on our planet and the locals you visit, make it 100% worth it. So, have we convinced you to “responsibly” travel instead of “revenge” travel?

P.S. Looking for some zero waste packing tips for your next trip? Check out our top 5 zero waste travel essentials here.

This post is sponsored by AIR FRANCE

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