EcoTourism and EcoVolunteering in EcoDestinations!

by Almira on July 15, 2010 · 2 comments

Whew! Quite the tongue-twister of a title…

Vacation + Conservation = Ecotourism.

Ecotourism: Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)

Rara Avis

My husband and I volunteered at an Ecotourism and Conservation Center in Costa Rica two years ago and loved it. Ever since I’ve been dying to do some ecotourism ourselves! I ever so much would fathom the idea of participating in some of the eco travel destinations that let you do some volunteer projects while sight-seeing. REI Adventures has begun their new Volunteer Expeditions!

Exotic or not, I’ve got a hankering to go exploring. I promise to tread lightly and pack out what I pack in, but please, oh please let me go on vacation! Anywhere across “the pond” or in adventurous Latin America will do. Anyone have room for a stow-away or two (can’t forget that well-deserving, hardworking husband) in their suitcase?

The worst part about my eagerness to visit somewhere international is that the U.S. has so many beautiful and wonderful places to see, and though I’ve seen a good deal of them, there are always little nooks to be had. As the old saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side. Parisians probably don’t care too much about making it to the Eiffel tower this year, nor do Peruvians probably have Machu Pichu on their bucket list. Speaking of which, I think I’ll make one—a bucket-list, that is.

Any suggestions for some great EcoDestinations?

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Emily July 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

We had great plans to go to Machu Pichu and hike/camp (not the silly train ride) but then I found out I was pregnant with Kate and that definitely changed our plans. If you ever go, you must take lots of pictures so I can live vicariously through you. It’s funny that you were talking about traveling within the US because that is Jason’s big thing and I think our next trip is going to be to Glacier National Park next year.

Your blog is awesome and I try to read all your posts to get tips, unfortunately I’m a little to slow to change my habits. Hopefully, you’ll motivate me!

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Almira July 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Thanks Emily! Hehe! “Not the silly train ride”—seriously, so funny! Hey, you’re my the 1st commenter on my new blog! Hooray! And may I just say that YOU’RE the one that motivates me! You and your hubby are always hiking with your award-winingly beautiful little daughters! I’m so jealous of your Grand Tetons trip and how you’re always out exploring. One of my goals, hike the Appalachian Trail—that was supposed to be our summer vacation, but work started early, so no dice. I really need to be better about seeing all the lovely places in my own country before running off to others. See, you’re such an inspiration.

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