Tips for an eco-conscious family holiday
Regardless of where you and your family lie on the eco-spectrum, here are some earth-wise practices to commit to and instill in your globetrotting kid(s):
- Choose destinations that aren’t overdeveloped or overcrowded.
- Stay on marked trails – off-roading may disturb plants, animals and habitats.
- Never feed, chase or touch wildlife or marine animals.
- Don’t litter or take any natural souvenirs (rocks, coral, leaves etc.).
- Learn about the area you are visiting – read up on the geography, history, biodiversity, customs and culture there.
- Support local festivals and events – help preserve traditions and bolster the cultural integrity of the region.
- Respect people’s privacy – ask before you snap their pictures.
- Do not purchase souvenirs made from endangered plants and animals (tortoise shells, ivory, feathers, skins etc.).
- Patronize locally run restaurants, lodgings, tours, shops and services.
- Contribute to conservation organizations with time and/or money.
- Use e-tickets wherever possible to cut down on paper useage.
- Seek out lodging that uses energy efficient lighting, recycling bins, low flow pluming and gray water systems, linen reusing programs, alternative energy sources and other environmentally conscious practices.
- Choose ecotourism products that create economic opportunities for the local communities
- Celebrate biological and cultural diversity.
- Support National Parks – help preserve sensitive areas so that future generations can enjoy them.