Vacationing and jaunting around the world is fun. Well over 1 million people travel every year. They use planes, trains, and automobiles to get around. But this vacation has come at a price, and not just the hit it takes on the wallet. It has cost us natural areas and damaged our environment. The idea of ecotourism is all about traveling while not harming the world.
When mapping out your next road trip, let’s take a look at some of the places ecotourism can take you.
In a desert town in New Mexico, you will find Earthship Rentals, known for being a place for the eco-friendly. The Earthship rentals themselves are a collection of eco-friendly buildings that you can rent out. A lot of thought has gone into designing them, and just as much work went into making them. Created in the 1970’s, this destination has been in place since before eco-tourism was popular.
All of the buildings at the rental facility have recycled materials used in the construction, and a portion of the food onsite is grown there. While all of the modern amenities of a rental are available, the view and Taos are enough to entertain you and capture your imagination.
Nurture Through Nature
Near the Maine town of Denmark, you will find the Nurture Through Nature retreat. It is the first of its kind in Maine to be certified green. You will discover that the wilderness region of Maine’s Lakes and Mountains is the perfect place to go on a vacation or to get away and get work done without distraction. In 1999 they opened their doors and are available to individuals and large groups.
There are plenty of things to do at Nurture Through Nature from exploring the wilderness to relaxing and healing. Nurture Through Nature is more than just a retreat, it is a guiding light in Maine’s effort to preserve their ecosystem while still encouraging tourists to do business.
If healing and learning about the world is something that you are interested in, the Omega Institute is an eco-tourism destination for you. Located in Rhinebeck, New York it is a beautiful place to visit less than two hours from NYC. Omega has over 200 acres with everything from dining options to a library. All of it was constructed with sustainable living in mind.
Activities at the Omega Institute are designed to help awaken your spirit and educate you about the world. They are most well-known for the yoga hosted on-site. You can also find a sustainable living education center on the property if you are interested in how you can become self-sustaining.
These are just three of the places that you will find when mapping ecotourism. There are many more destinations that support sustainable living, ecotourism, and green traveling around the United States and more are popping up every year.