If you're the type of person concerned about the carbon footprint you are leaving on the world then it can be a little tough to travel. At least when you're at your cottage you know what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. When you're traveling and away from the comfort of your home it can be hard to do your part to make the environment a better place to live in. Whether you're going to be staying at mountain top cabins or hotels in New York as part of your vacation you should look into ways you can continue to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling.

If you have to find lodgings then research potential places to stay online to see which ones consider themselves "green" hotels. There are many vacation rentals that do their part to minimize their carbon footprint and the carbon footprints of their guests.

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In the travel and tourism industry there is also something known as eco-tourism. If you're not sure what eco-tourism is then let us provide you with a definition for it form the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "the practice of touring natural habitats in a manner meant to minimize ecological impact." That definition most certainly makes eco-tourism an appealing option for travelers wanting to make sure they reduce their carbon footprints while away from their homes.

Eco-tourism involves traveling to natural destinations, helps to build environmental awareness, leaves monetary benefits for conservation, helps empower local residents, brings respect and awareness to the local culture and supports human rights. When looking at Caribbean travel packages or spa getaways you will be able to immediately detect whether or not they can be considered a part of the eco-tourism movement.

Not only does eco-tourism provide you with an opportunity to keep giving back to the environment but it also gives back to the community you are staying in as most of the money brought in from eco-tourists goes back to the local community, at least moreso than traditional tourism.

If eco-tourism sounds like something that you want to take part it then start researching travel destinations that pride themselves on being an eco-tourist friendly community. There are many communities waiting for travelers to come and explore their country while also doing their part to give back. Consider making your next vacation eco-friendly if the resort you have booked in the past isn't all that environmentally friendly.

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