Eco-tourism: Going Green for Your Vacation

Prosecco Hills
Vineyards of Prosecco Hills

Eco-tourism: Going Green for Your European Vacation


This summer, everyone seems to be dreaming of Europe. But how can you justify flying the distance amid the urgency of the climate crisis, just for a vacation?

If you haven’t heard of eco-tourism yet, we have some good news for you. Thanks to the latest sustainable travel incentives, it’s still possible to visit the places on your bucket list without feeling guilty.

In fact, you could even be confident that your visit will make a positive and lasting difference to the communities and habitats you visit. 

In this article, we’ll explore the concept of eco-tourism and explain just how you can take part.

What is eco-tourism?

Eco-tourism is a way of redefining the way we travel. It’s widely considered responsible and sensitive, usually with the purpose of protecting natural environments and sustaining local communities. It focuses on three key areas:

  • Conservation: By providing long-term and market-driven solutions, eco-tourism offers economic incentives that enhance and conserve bio-cultural diversity. Additionally, eco-tourism can help to protect the cultural and natural heritage of local environments.
  • Communities: Eco-tourism projects increase local capacity and generate employment opportunities. It’s an effective catalyst to empower communities, aim for sustainable development, and fight against poverty.
  • Interpretation: Ecotourism helps to promote a wider understanding and appreciation for the environments we need to protect. Through enriching personal experiences and witnessing change, more people will be inspired.

Our top 3 destinations for eco-tourism

  • The rolling Prosecco Hills of Italy

Hoping to travel to Italy this year? This breathtaking tour celebrates miles on miles of carefully nurtured vineyards – and you could also seize the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge scientific studies in the area. You can discover one of the oldest wine regions in Italy, making your way along picturesque trails and tasting authentic, delightful Prosecco.

Some of the most inspiring Italy tours pass through iconic destinations like the Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii but you can still choose a vacation provider that prioritizes responsible and sustainable tourism.

  • Lynx conservation in Montenegro

The mountains of Montenegro are home to one of the most beautiful big cats in the world: the Eurasian Lynx. If you love hiking through steep, forested trails and living amongst natural surroundings, a lynx conservation vacation could be perfect for you. 

Montenegro is a Balkan country and borders several other fascinating destinations. It makes a great base from which to explore beautiful countries like Greece, North Macedonia, and even Croatia. If you’re ready for the tour of a lifetime, it’s a strong place to start.

  • Whale protection in the Azores

With its crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and luscious forests, the Azores Islands are a peaceful oasis. And since they’re surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, they’re an incredible place to spot, track, and research whales from.

Throughout the summer season from April to October, you’ll have a good chance of spotting so many species of dolphins and whales. There are nine breathtaking volcanic islands to choose from, but Faial Island is one of the best-known destinations for encountering whales.

To conclude…

Forget the vacation guilt. Next time you travel, you can do so with the peace of mind that you won’t be harming the natural environments or local communities you visit. Instead, you can support green initiatives, rebuild vital community services, and make a positive impact.