A Snowbird In Orlando: Do You Practice Sustainable Tourism?

What is your dream tourist destination? What kinds of things are important to you when planning your holiday abroad?

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I recent trip from a bitterly cold Toronto to a balmy Orlando, Florida really got me thinking…what are the impacts of tourism and travel on the environment and on communities living in tourist destinations? Known as the theme-park capital of the world, Orlando is visited by millions of tourists from around the world each year. What I was surprised to learn, however, is that the city’s largest employers, Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld are committed to sustainable travel and actively encourage eco-friendly practices, including “green” certified hotels, recycling, energy-efficient innovations, waste-reduction, and animal conservation.

With the dramatic economic and environmental changes that have occurred in the last decade, the need for sustainable tourism is greater than ever. Our world is unraveling as climate change, environmental pollution, and the collapse of biodiversity threaten the very foundation of life on which we depend…It’s time for a change. But how can we minimize the negative consequences of travel while at the same time maximizing the positive?

How about becoming an eco-tourist or just a more environmentally conscientious traveller? Here are some excellent resources to help you learn more about sustainable tourism:

International Ecotourism Society (TIES)

Responsible Travel

Sustainable Travel International 

Let me know: What are some of your ideas  for best practices and tips for eco-friendly travel? What do you think needs to change in the travel/ tourism industry?

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Trekking through Liechtenstein

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in the centre of the Alps?  To wake up to the sun’s glowing light illuminating the mountain tops? Silence. Without the noise of traffic or the sounds of bustling city life. To feel connected to the rhythms of nature? Get a glimpse of mountain life. Enjoy these pictures from my trip to the tiny, landlocked country of Liechtenstein, nestled between Austria and Switzerland in the heart of Europe.

As I trekked through the steep terrain of the winding village roads and mountain passages of Vaduz, Liechtenstein,  I felt lost in another world… a place where people live in close communion with each other and nature. It’s a simpler world…surrounded by the Alps…breathing fresh mountain air… green alpine meadows… cows and goats grazing peacefully on delicious mountain herbs and grasses …quaint, rustic mountain chalets…trickling mountain streams…white snow-capped mountains glimmer in the sun. There’s something pure and natural about this alpine landscape that stretches your mind and energizes your soul.

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