Since I can remember, I have always tried to practice making the most of any situation in life. One of my favorite things to do outside of work is to travel.
Years ago I discovered Responsible Travel, a British based company founded in 2001—years before ecotourism was a thing! (FYI, I am not being sponsored by them.) Responsible Travel allows you to combine all sorts of travel (family, adventure, beach, etc.) with a green/environmentally friendly travel focus and ensures that most of you dollars stay in the local communities where its' needed most.
To be able to travel—which eternally enlightens and enriches me—and to do it in a "responsible" fashion was a win/win for me. I took a particularly memorable one of their eco-friendly trips with my family to Costa Rica. It was all that it was supposed to be: vegan, time for yoga, totally off the grid (in the middle of the jungle), and spiritual with eco-friendly lodging. My husband and I loved it! Our two kids, admittedly, seemed to be in a state of shock: no TV in the room, very earthly lodging, and no wifi!
I am so pleased to have had that trip, especially with my children, as it created lasting memories of being together as a family and in an environment that offered an ability to completely unplug.
If you've ever wondered about eco-tourism, I encourage you to research companies that offer this type of travel for you next holiday. It can be both a way of getting all the benefits that travel offers while being kind to the only planet we have (for now!). You can start here at www.responsibletravel.com.
By the way, be sure to take the quiz on their website: Which is the biggest source of your holiday's Carbon Dioxide emission?
The answer may surprise you.