Posts Tagged With: ecotourism
I am an environmentalist. There. I said it. I’m a dirty, no-good, rotten, tree-hugging environmentalist. Ok, well actually I do shower, I try to put more positive vibes into the universe than negative, and I’m alive and not a zombie so I’m not sure how I could actually be rotten, but you get the point. I love the earth and everything living on it, even humans.
I’m also a traveler. I live for going to new places, meeting new people, see new sites, doing new things.
Hang on, you might say. How can you claim to be an environmentalist when your other passion contributes to the destruction of the environment?
The easy answer? People are full of contradictions. The true answer? It’s still that people are full of contradictions…and also that I try to minimize the harm I do by traveling and hope that I can share with others I meet on the road or through this blog that they can travel in a more sustainable way as well without sacrificing comfort, time or money.
I realize that I haven’t been doing a very good job of balancing talk of environmental travel with budget travel on this blog so far. It is important to note that I do not think the 2 are mutually exclusive — you can have both! Stay tuned for posts on how you can have your cake and eat it too…
The past 2 days I’ve been researching long-term budget group travel with reputable companies. I’ve come to the conclusion that anything they are doing, I can do better and cheaper. Now, I understand that they are in the tourism business to make a profit and I respect that…but what benefit do I, the prospective customer, get out of paying other people to take me on a trip that I could put together myself…especially when I could make the trip cheaper and cater exactly to my own wants. I get it, you’re paying for the ease and convenience of a pre-fab trip and the experience of the company. But I can do this! lol makes me want to start up my own ecotourism company even more. It’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while and the more I think about it, the more I want to do it.