If you have a thirst for adventure when it comes to vacation and travel, consider ecotourism for your next trip. Ecotourism provides an amazing opportunity to go to exotic and threatened natural locations around the world where you can observe wildlife up close. It also supports local communities through economic development. Ecotourism trips are educational and support conservation, so you can be sure that your trip is benefiting the earth, the community and yourself. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/29/david-pocock-will-spend-his-sabbatical-saving-the-world/
Your biggest challenge might be deciding where to go on your next ecotourism adventure. Surprisingly, if you are a United States citizen you don’t even have to leave the US to experience one of these wildlife opportunities. Alaska is a top ecotourism destination and is home to a range of threatened and endangered wildlife. Alaska’s mountainous and pristine environment boasts 100 state parks with glaciers, tundra, rivers and a multitude of land and water animals. Learn more: http://mashable.com/2016/10/21/mick-fanning-wild-ark-ambassador/#lBlecU07HSqi
However, if you want to branch further out, you can find ecotourism spots to travel to on every continent, even Antarctica! If you want a taste of adventure without having to sleep in a tent, do not fear. There are all sorts of destinations and accommodations. Ecotourism doesn’t have to mean roughing it in the wild. However, conservation organizations such as Wild Ark offer trips for every set of tastes, whether travel means a hotel or a tent to you.
Wild Ark is a conservation organization that strives to protect the world’s biodiversity and inspire others to do the same. Started by Mark and Sophie Hutchinson, the organization’s mission is to protect the earth’s wild places for generations to come. Along with an all inclusive fly-fishing trip in Alaska, they offer several adventure options throughout Africa. You can choose between a sea turtle experience in Watamu Bay in Kenya, land safaris in Botswana, or a range of safari types from rough to luxurious in South Africa.
Recently, Wild Ark acquired its first wildlife conservancy, called Pridelands, in partnership with EcoTraining. Wild Ark works with environmental scientists to restore, preserve and protect the biodiversity in the world’s green belts. They want to make the world’s wild places accessible to everyone, because they know that experiencing it first hand will ultimately spark a passion to protect it.