About ecotourism

Travel responsibly

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Leave no trace behind!

More and more organisations, whether these are national and regional agencies involved in promoting tourism and tourist sites, ecotour operators, community organisations or travel book publishers, are putting the principles of responsible travel into practice.

The eco-traveler likes to visit a region and learn about its history, heritage, nature, but who also respects local traditions and local peoples, has a taste for local cuisine, buys locally produced goods at local fairs and small shops, and whenever possible uses environmentally friendly forms of transport.

Getting started on an ecotourist adventure

Deciding where to go and what places to visit really depends on individual passions and interests. Ecotourism offers something for just about everybody, with thousands of experiences both near and far to choose from. You can get started as an ecotourist by travelling to placest closest to you, going, for example, for an outing to a rural area that is a protected area. Part and parcel of a first ecotourist experience could mean staying overnight at a agrotourist farm or family-run bed&breakfast, and doing all sorts of outdoor activities, whether it’s biking, hiking, kayaking or horseback riding. Another piece of the puzzle involves savoring regional dishes, exploring local climates and searching for the spirit of a place by participating in cultural events, arts & crafts or culinary workshops…

The number of ideas and opportunities for doing some ecotravelling is practically limitless and it can be done in most places around the world including in your own country.

Poland has enormous potential to develop ecotourism, all thanks to its national parks and protected areas, unique on a European scale and teaming with rare and endangered fauna and flora, wild, unregulated rivers, diverse and picturesque rural landscapes, rich regional and local traditions in arts and crafts, cuisine, healthy food which has won over many a tourist from abroad. If we can use this potential in a sensible and sustainable way, ecotourism can become our brand in Europe and the world! ,

Examples of environmental standards in the tourism industry – Worldwide:

Examples of national certification programs:

Examples of bike-friendly certification programs in Central Europe:

by: Dominika Zareba

English translation: Piotr Szmigielski