Want to be an eco-responsible tourist this summer? There are a lot of eco-labeled operators out there, but in the end it all comes down to your individual choices: who you chose to travel with and how.
But don’t despair, your eco-holiday need not be a chore. There’s a wealth of tips and ideas on forums on the Web. A good place to start your search is the The International Ecotourism Society. It is the world’s oldest and largest ecotourism organization and celebrates its 20th birthday this year.
“We hope to provide information and educational opportunities for both businesses and individual travelers. Things like how you can travel more responsibly by sharing examples of best practices,” says Ayako Ezaki, communication director at TIES.
The organization is U.S.-based, but their focus is international.
“The awareness of the importance of being more sustainable in tourism is spreading throughout, not just in eco-lodges and small business, but also in hotels and larger chains. You can really see a change,” says Ezaki.