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Be an Ecotourist Anywhere

| 10/19/2018 10:32:00 AM

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Scene along the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Cabot Trail.

While ecotourism is generally considered to include travel to endangered natural areas, you can apply its principles—conscientious, low impact, environmentally-friendly travel that benefits local people and their environment—to any travel destination. Green tourism, ethical tourism, and sustainable tourism are other applicable terms. Simply put, travel responsibly. Anyone can do it.

How to Be a Responsible Traveler

Skip the traditional, kitschy tourist venues in favor of natural ones. Take the back roads; spend an afternoon in a public garden; visit a local, state, or national park; get the kinks out by walking or jogging on a greenway trail or taking a hike on a local path; pick up a brochure and do a walking tour of the area.

Visit a farmers’ market. You might find breakfast goodies, snacks for your travel, or fixings for a picnic lunch. Chances are you’ll discover some nifty items for your holiday shopping list, too. While you’re at it, stop at roadside farm stands. My husband and I came by some delicious and healthy wild blueberries that way.  

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