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CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF SENIOR LIVING

Ecotourism 101

According to Wikipedia, “Ecotourism is a form of tourism that involves visiting fragile, pristine and usually protected areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism. Its purpose may be to educate the traveler, provide funds for ecological conservation, directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities, or foster respect for different cultures and human rights.”

“It is also considered the fastest growing market in the tourism industry,” according to the World Tourism Organization. It has an annual growth rate of, “5 percent worldwide and representing 6 percent of the world gross domestic product, 11.4 percent of all consumer spending,” – not a market to take lightly.” (http://www.gdrc.org/uem/eco-tour/etour-define.html).

Okay, enough said. Where does one find out more information about such trips?  What are the benefits of this sort of vacation, and what are the costs involved? Is there a central place where such trips are posted? Who writes about such trips, and is there someone who has lots of experience and can give good advice about ecotourism?

These are some questions that I have heard since I started goldenboomers.com. I often have mentioned such trips, but never dug deeper.

Here is the beginning of what we’ll call Ecotourism 101. For all of us, it will be a learning experience.

Having heard of ecotourism for a long time now, I was sadly mistaken about what I thought I knew. After opening the first website I saw, I started reading about luxury ecotourism.  All of this time I thought of only working vacations in ecological sensitive areas. It won’t be the first mistake I made concerning ecotourism! While there are other, less luxurious destinations that you can go to, there is obviously a wide range of areas. Many, by the way, are proud to mention how eco-friendly they are. From using locally-sourced materials, to windmill and solar arrays that provide power, and other measures that these destinations used to be carbon neutral.

Here is a link that will show the range and breadth of the eco-destinations around the globe. If you have taken such a trip, let us know what you think, why you chose this vacation, and what you were able to bring back with you in terms of knowledge and experience.

Here is a good start:

http://www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/

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