Our Favorite Eco Lodges And Why They Matter- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

“IT IS NOT NECESSARILY AT HOME THAT WE BEST ENCOUNTER OUR TRUE SELVES.”—ALAIN DE BOTTON

With new technologies and discount travel sites, globe trotting continues to become more accessible as each year passes. The joys of exploring uncharted territories and discovering new people, cultures, and places are unlimited. Cultivating a deep sense of renewal and perspective, traveling off the beaten path is illuminating, if not life-changing.

Alongside the incredible benefits we receive from our adventures comes a cost: environmental degradation, global climate change, and cultural identity loss. Does that mean we need to quell our travel bug and focus on staycations? Sometimes, maybe. When we are ready to adventure out in the great world, however, there are ways we can bring awareness to our actions and offset the impact we are making. Alongside offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from your airplane trip by investing in organizations working to offset carbon emissions such as My Climate, you can stay in eco-lodges.

Eco-lodges have emerged from the growing awareness of locals and travelers alike, increasing the demand for ecotourism. The goals of eco-lodges, as well as ecotourism, are twofold: 1) engage travelers in environmental conservation and 2) improve the welfare of local people. Beyond investing in green products and using renewable energy sources, many of these eco lodges and resorts are actively conserving the land that surrounds their establishment, creating habitat for animals. Plus they are developing projects to ensure that some of their profits return to the local community.

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Edited by Alison Baenen

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