Today (September 27th) is the 32nd annual United Nations World Tourism Day, and this year’s theme is Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.
We were surprised to find out that one of the biggest travel trends of the last 5 years is the rise of ecotourism, but as it turns out, if you’ve visited a national park, or followed the “leave nothing take nothing” rule on a camping trip, you’re considered an eco-tourist!
In honor of World Tourism Day, here are a few suggestions of how you can incorporate sustainability into your travels both close to home and around the globe:
- If you’re looking for some great eco-friendly trips not too far from home, consider some U.S. retreats that are not only lovely, but also focused on staying green and preserving the local environment.
- Looking to take your eco-inclinations abroad? Eco Tour Directory maintains a database of over 100 global eco-tour providers who can offer ideas and packages to help simplify your next adventure.
- If you want to really get your hands dirty and learn about sustainable living, try WOOFing, where you can volunteer to work on an organic farm (in over 30 countries) in exchange for food, lodging, and an unforgettable experience.
If you’re not quite ready to take a sustainable trip, check out this year’s World Tourism Day photo competition for some amazing examples of how tourism and sustainability go hand in hand.