With vacations around the corner and summers scorching everything alive and inanimate, itâ€™s not unheard of to plan a vacation somewhere out of the country. After all, there are places way cooler and colorful than the burning yellow surroundings of a summer struck country! But itâ€™s not easy to afford a vacation abroad for everyone (despite the lucrative ads of many travel agencies, making foreign trips happen in â€˜Just some outrageous amountâ€™!)
So when heat is the problem coupled with a tight budget, ecotourism can well be the solution. Ecotourism is a popular concept in western countries, which are supposedly â€˜trying to become responsible for a healthy planetâ€™. In the developing nations, however, ecotourism is still a new notion. People with their newfound excessive disposable incomes and attraction of the glamorous life prefer going to expensive destinations for holidays instead of doing nature a favor. Still, ecotourism can be of service to many a travelers and to nature, at the same time.
Ecotourism is in essence, touring places that are nearby to oneâ€™s place of domicile, that are ecologically in their natural most forms and that present to one, a wholesome experience of interacting with nature. By going to nearby natural places, one ends up saving stupendous travel expenses (and if air travel is being avoided, then oneâ€™s carbon footprint is reduced greatly). While every country has many such natural havens for eco-tourists, not many of us are aware of them. Places like wildlife sanctuaries, jungle retreats, natural reserves, riversides, lakesides etc. are some such destinations. A nice trip to any of these places can be easily affordable; with added bonus of getting to know oneâ€™s country and its beautiful natural resources.
Activities like boating, swimming, camping, trekking and rock climbing can be incorporated into such trips with absolute ease. Ultimately, ecotourism is a socially, ecologically and economically responsible way to spend oneâ€™s holidays.