It can be a challenge to ensure your travel adventures are
eco-friendly. We’re bombarded by glossy marketing materials promoting
exotic destinations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that misdirect
Don’t let pretty pictures distract you—you can choose to travel
ethically without forfeiting epic
adventures. It’s all about taking a stand and supporting tourism
business and brands that promote eco-friendly and
Considerations to Book Ethical Animal Tourism Activity
What effect will the activity have on the animal(s)? A simple
way to decide whether a wildlife adventure is ethical is to determine
whether or not the experience will be detrimental to the animal(s), or
the environment. Will the activity cause an animal stress or pain?
Will you be interacting with an animal that isn’t domesticated? Will
your presence cause damage
to the environment? If you’re unsure how the activity will
impact the animal and its habitat, consider whether or not you’re
comfortable taking part.
Will your trip be enhanced by the experience? It may seem like
an ideal opportunity to collect fodder for your Instagram feed, but
question whether your trip will really be enhanced by the animal
tourism activity. Are you able to observe the animals without
venturing too close, touching them, or disrupting their natural
environment? Look for passive
observation opportunities before committing to an activity you are
unsure is ethical.
How to Choose the Right Wildlife Tourism Operator
Investigate Their Goals: It’s important to vet the
claims of an operator providing an animal tourism excursion. Don’t
assume that they abide by a code of ethics, research them yourself.
Read all of the information provided by the operator on their
website and at their HQ, and ask questions to satisfy any of your
concerns. The operator should clearly define how their tour impacts
the environments you visit.
Check Their Affiliations: Check that the operator is licensed
by the relevant local authorities, and investigate their affiliations.
This will help you to understand their motivations for operating a
Look at Their SocialMedia: Investigate the way in which they
promote themselves on social media. Look at the kind of photos they
post and the language they use to describe their activity; make sure
it aligns with your position on ethical wildlife tourism.
Read online Reviews: Check travel review sites like TripAdvisor
for recent feedback from guests. If you spot anything that contradicts
the image the company themselves promotes, share your concerns with
them prior to booking.
More Ways to Ensure your Travel is Eco-Friendly
● Don’t forget that ethical travel starts with a sustainable
approach to buying your travel luggage. Support brands like
Eagle Creek that use PVC-free materials, Bluesign® approved
fabrics, recycled materials harvested from landfills, and minimize
waste to lighten their footprint and preserve the planet.
● When replacing your travel bag, choose the right products. This
wheeled duffel bag features 100% recycled PET ripstop and a
recycled coating on its durable back fabric with laminated exoskeleton
to reinforce high-wear areas.
● Prefer to travel light and only take carry-on luggage?
carry-on converts into a backpack and comes with a No
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3 Best Ethical Wildlife Adventures in America
Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida
If you want to interact
with marine mammals during your next eco-travel adventure,
America’s manatee capital—Crystal River, Florida—should be on your
bucket list. Licensed operators offer half-day excursions during which
you can spend time in the water with Florida’s loveable aquatic
herbivores. Passive observation is heavily promoted and guests are
advised not to touch the manatees. Pack a quick
dry towel to easily dry off and a waterproof
dry bag toprotect your belongings on board the boat.
Spot a Bald Eagle Whilst Bird Watching in Washington
A truly iconic wildlife watching experience, catching sight of a
bald eagle in flight, its white head glinting in the sun, is something
all keen ornithologists will covet. Head to the San Juan Islands in
California, which hosts over 125 nesting pairs—one of the highest
densities anywhere in the lower 48 States. Sightings are frequent
year-round, where resident eagles patrol the islands’ shorelines in
search of prey.
See Wild Bison in Yellowstone National Park
the only place in the United States where bison have lived
continuously since prehistoric times, and you’ll likely find yourself
in the company of a grazing herd if you tread lightly along the park’s
network of hiking trails. Head to the Lamar Valley, known and the
American Serengeti for sweeping panoramas and memorable wildlife
for a national park, choose a daypack
with a side stretch water bottle pocket and pack plenty of
fluids as temperatures can soar during summer.
If you’re planning to book a wildlife adventure, support ethical
operators that have a positive impact on the wildlife and environments
they promote. Our planet is precious and we
all need to do our part to protect its riches.
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