As the seasons come and go, everything changes. From the way we communicate to the way we access basic everyday things. One particular thing that has changed significantly over the last decade or so, is how we holiday.
With the rise of the internet, it would appear that everyone is now trying to get that perfect Instagram snap, and what better place to do it than on holiday? But, with the internet’s boom, it’s not just our desire for perfect pictures that’s exploded, but our self-consciousness too.
This could be seen in the rise in trends such as veganism, where many are quitting animal-based products for the sake of their health, animals, and the planet. But, it also seems to have changed the way we holiday, with the 18 – 30 holidays falling significantly recently, and eco-tourism or animal tourism rising.
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So, with that in mind, what is an eco-holiday? Well, this is where you choose holiday destinations that allow you to get up close and personal with the nature of the world.
From animals to plant life, there’s so much to see, and there are a wide number of eco-tourism holidays out there. From adventure holidays in Costa Rica, to one’s closer to home in countries like Sweden and Denmark, this new type of holiday is ready to take you around the globe.
Below, we take you through the three best places to go on an eco-holiday, offering you everything you could possibly need.
We mentioned it above, so it was going to make it on to the list. First of all, did you know that this is a place bursting with so much gloriously diverse wildlife that the ecosystem accounts for 5% of the world’s animal and plant species? Well now you do.
With so much to do and see here, you can get as close as you want on a Costa Rica tour. Try a zip line, where you can whizz through the mist-shrouded canopies of the cloud forest, or you could even glide through the canals of Tortuguero National Park for that blissful and tranquil moment as you soak up your surroundings. Make sure you listen out, because the roars of the howler monkeys echo around you.
A stunning paradise from the moment you touch down, try visiting in summer, where you’ll be able to catch the turtle hatchlings making their way across the stunning sands – which are also great for catching some rays.
A simply stunning country that everyone should visit at least once, you’ll be surprised at the wondrous eco-tourism opportunities that await alongside regular tourist activities.
A world leader in environmental policy, this is a country that takes care to protect its coastline. The Fjords for example are a natural wonder that needs to be seen to be believed. A remote location, the pristine beauty will have you in awe from the moment you lay eyes on them. From the tumbling waterfalls and snow-capped mountains to the crystal-clear waters, it’s a place of sheer wonder.
Take the time to go hiking or biking too, and keep an eye out for the majestic wildlife such as seals, eagles, seabirds, and porpoises.
An ever-popular tourist destination, this corner of India is often referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’.
An unspoiled area, this place is filled with stunning, clean sandy beaches and lush virgin forests, which make exploring all the more fun. You’ll also discover hundreds of unique animal species, alongside an estimated 10,000 species of plant too.
Aside from this, you’ll also discover a whole host of other wildlife at the Rajamala National Park, such as the nilgiri tahr, an endangered mountain goat. Meanwhile, other animals that roam freely in this beautiful part of the world include elephants, bison and wild boar, found at Lake Periyar Wildlife sanctuary.
With eco-tourism beginning to boom, these are only the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a great place to make a start.
Have you been to any ecotourism destinations?
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