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Ecotourism is NOT Environmentally Friendly

There is a trend in travel that has picked up a lot of steam over the last few years. That trend is called Eco-Tourism. As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade – and especially so in the last couple…

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Ecotourism is a new term; something created in the last 10 years, so what does it really mean? Eco-tourism is basically capitalism’s answer to the environment and people’s growing concerns. Companies are cashing in and its becoming big business. Although the initial intent was probably good-natured, the results are usually less than favorable. The costs don’t always outweigh the means, so is ecotourism actually a good thing? Let’s find out.

Time to investigate what companies are actually trying to accomplish with their eco-tourism. The term greenwashing keeps coming up in my research and it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon. Apparently, greenwashing is an attempt to appear as being eco friendly. Seems like a pretty lame thing to be involved with, but you’d be surprised at how many large corporations actually are involved in greenwashing.

Many if not all of the major hotel chains are now putting placards in their rooms that inform guests that they respect mother nature and because of this they don’t wash the linens every night. This comes off as a great thing that a large corporation is doing. But in reality they are greenwashing us all by using the environment to service their own needs. It’s obvious to me that these companies are only doing this because it saves them an enormous amount of money and they look good in the process.

Cultures are destroyed by tourism and they can’t even profit because the major corporations suck all the money from them. Tourism only feeds off the stereotypes of a culture and the actual culture suffers and often slowly disappears. What’s left is a washed out shell of the culture and the true spirit is lost forever.  

Eco-tours are usually an environmental nightmare, by bringing in people by the busload or boatload; these eco-tours are actually harming the local surroundings.   These tourists don’t come alone, they eat, drink and consume anything in their way and what’s left is the garbage and used up Mother Nature.

Eco-tours profit from large disasters, allowing the general public to feel like they helped, when in reality all they do is scratch the surface. The tourists come to a disaster for a few days, pick up some garbage, help with some injured and then go home feeling like they made a difference. The problem is that if they really wanted to help, they would’ve just sent aid in the form of money, food or medicine,

If a company truly wanted to be involved in eco tourism responsibly, they would do these things.

Only using local products would actually benefit the environment and would help the community profit.   If ecotourism companies cared, they would limit the number of visitors to limit the impact on the environment. Educating tourists on their impact on the environment would help the cause. Allowing the local culture to be in charge and to protect their interests is the best way to help the environment.

 

Hopefully by educating people about ecotourism eventually leads to more conscious travelers and compassionate people in general.

 

Enjoy the full article at NomadicMatt

Photos courtesy of HoiAnEcoTour and GetYourGuide

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Air Canada Announces the Gift of Travel Campaign

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Air Canada provides travelers with a unique opportunity starting this December. The company’s Gift of Travel initiative is certainly worth looking forward to.

Air Canada announces a new holiday campaign called the Gift of Travel. It’s the company’s new initiative that celebrates different actions done by several heroes in the community who are providing selfless possibilities to fellow Canadians.

The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted our freedom to explore the world and travel without increased border restrictions.  Air Canada’s Gift of Travel campaign aims to help procure funds for various organizations in Canada. The initiative also provides avid travelers with easier travel passes, enabling them to reach their dream destinations conveniently.

“Canadians from across the country have shown remarkable resilience, solidarity and generosity in the face of COVID-19 and we were inspired hearing stories of people who dedicated their time and energy to caring for others, making a memorable impact on other people’s lives. We are proud to launch this campaign with our Gift of Travel video featuring heartwarming stories of community heroes and share the gift of travel through a message of hope and optimism from our employees as we all look forward to brighter days ahead,” shares Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources, and Communications Officer at Air Canada. “We are also proud to continue our long-standing effort through the Air Canada Foundation in supporting communities through its inaugural Gift of Travel auction and the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign,” she adds.

The same Gift of Travel campaign highlights with different inspirational stories about Air Canada personnel as they do community work, providing assistance related to the fight against COVID-19. These stories can be accessed via the company’s social media handles and website.

On 1 December 2020, the company will launch its Gift of Travel auction. The said auction will highlight rare aviation implements including the opportunity to fly or operate an aviation simulator. It will also feature a ride-on plane for kids and even a chance to have dinner with the company’s most celebrated chefs.

All proceeds of the said Gift of Travel auction will be given to various Canadian charitable groups and organizations that work toward better health for the youth and children.

Also, the Gift of Travel campaign will cover the yearly Aeroplan Matching Campaign week celebrations. This will feature the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program, an advocacy to help sick children to get the medical help they need.

Through the Air Canada Foundation, the charitable arm of the company, Air Canada specifically aims to help Canadian children and youth in their medical and health needs. The Foundation also provides financial assistance and in-kind aid to various charitable organizations in Canada.

The company’s Gift of Travel campaign also highlights a Gift of Travel pass that allows convenient travel to one of the six designated locations. This pass will be valid until April 2022 and will provide the bearer with utmost flexibility.

The COVID-19 outbreak has heavily affected Canadian’s capacity to travel wherever and whenever they want. With Air Canada’s Gift of Travel, however, more opportunities to travel—and even to help others—becomes a vivid reality.

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Best Ways to Save $ on Summer Travel

If you use these savings tips, you should be able to afford the most amazing vacations without breaking the bank.

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Summer travel season is upon us and if you haven’t started the booking process yet, there’s still time. We travel in the summer because it fits into our schedules with work time off, children’s school vacations and of course the weather is just right. Summer is also most destination’s peak season, meaning savings are rare but with our help, you’ll find them. We searched for the best ways to save big on your summer travel plans without missing out on all the fun. Pack your bags because with our help you’ll be able to afford any dream vacation.

 

Be Flexible

One of the best ways to save is being flexible with your travel plans. Picking the cheapest flights, hotels and attraction tickets can help make ant trip more affordable. Being flexible doesn’t just deal with time; it involves destination, activities and mode of travel. Often times a resort town will have neighboring towns with better deals and cheaper activities and accommodations. Maybe a train or driving is a more affordable mode of transportation. The point is being flexible with your plans and you can save big, meaning you can do and enjoy more on your trip.

 

Tues/Wed

If you don’t already know, Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest days to fly so if you are going for a week, try flying in and out on these days. These are generally the slowest travel days so you win twice. You’ll fly for cheaper and the airport and airplane will be less crowded.

 

Book Early

It may be too late to book early for the beginning of summer but you still have time to book trips near the end of summer and still get good deals. The more time in between the time you book and the time you travel equals savings.

 

Price Drops

Most major travel sites will offer price drop guarantees when you book early, so if the price drops, you get refunded the difference. These are free or a few dollars and are definitely worth it.

 

Membership Discounts

We are already paying for memberships like AAA or AARP, so why not take advantage of the incredible savings these organizations offer. Check with your respective organization and inquire about travel deals. You will be surprised by how large these discounts can be.

 

Book Online

Many resorts or airlines offer deals for booking online, so take advantage of these lurking online deals. They are often hard to find so do some snooping and see what kind of savings you can unearth.

 

No Rental Insurance

If you are renting a car, never get the added insurance; you are already covered by both your insurance and the credit card you used to pay. These rental car companies will lie and tell you that you need the added insurance, don’t fall for their trickery.

 

Pack Food

If you want to save big by doing almost nothing, simply pack some snacks. Food on the go is so much more expensive than bringing snacks, so save big by doing very little.

 

Package Deals

Search for package deals where they combine airfare, hotels and other amenities into one price. These are often huge deals and make everything seem so seamless. These sites are everywhere so do your research and find the best ones.

 

Deal Sites

Get daily deals from coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. These sites offer incredible deals for a fraction of the original price. We find huge savings on theme parks and hotels almost everyday.

 

If you use these savings tips, you should be able to afford the most amazing vacations without breaking the bank.

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Supersonic Passenger Jets are Coming

Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020.

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Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020. Thanks to the brilliant forward thinking and huge wallet of Richard Branson, we can expect supersonic passenger jets flying at speeds of Mach 2.2. Yea, you heard me right, that’s twice as fast as the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic and aviation upstarts Boom Technology have teamed up for an exciting project that will bring supersonic jets back to commercial air travel.

The Concorde was doomed by poor technology and a system of regulations that hurt its innovation. Boom Technology plans to change the modern landscape of aviation with its groundbreaking airplanes. This new jet should fly around 100 miles per hour faster than the now retired Concorde.

 

At these incredible speeds passengers could make a trip from New York to London in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Today that trip takes an average of 7 plus hours. That’s cutting the travel time in half, if not more.

Imagine being able to go from San Francisco to Tokyo in under 6 hours. These are not unreal estimates and you should be very excited. The last major speed enhancement in commercial aviation came in the late 1950s when jets were first introduced. This shift made the idea of a “Hawaiian Vacation” possible as the trip used to take up to 16 hours now only took 6.

Adding supersonic jets to commercial airlines could change the way we look at travel. Now a weekend trip to Australia seems doable instead of the grueling 12-15 hour flight it is now.

 

Maybe you have business in Europe but wish to be home in time to tuck your child into bed, now you will be able to do that with supersonic travel. Supersonic passenger jets will literally shrink the world even smaller and make the global community that much tighter.

Boom raised a nice $33 million in initial investment to build its prototype, the “Baby Boom,” later this year.

Boom’s biggest and smartest move was partnering up with the legend and one of the best innovators around, Richard Branson. The man behind such innovative companies as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, VirginMedia, Virgin Mobile and countless other brands has another feather to put in his cap.

 

The Baby Boom’s first test flight is scheduled for early 2018 with it’s full sized big brother being scaled up for a 2020 test flight. If everything goes as planned the full sized Boom aircrafts will be ready for commercial flights as soon as 2023. These specialized supersonic passenger jets will seat 55 passengers in an all-business class arrangement. Expect luxury and class on these supersonic jets, especially if Richard Branson is involved.

The man who owns his own Caribbean Island won’t skimp on interiors, that’s for sure.  I won’t be on the first flight, but I will line up and take a flight, just to say I did.  Expect more incredible innovations coming soon from this young upstart.

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