Have you ever heard of ecotourism? It's become quite popular in recent years. Let's get to know more about it. Read the article and choose the correct options
One of the best things people look forward to is their summer holiday. Many of us really want to visit interesting, new places, try something new or unusual, or just relax. I wonder how many tourists are aware of the effect which our holidays and trips have on the places they visit.
Certainly, tourism has many advantages. For instance, meeting interesting people, getting new experiences or investing extra money into the local economy. However, most importantly, we shouldn't forget about the negative effects of tourism. The environment can suffer from tourism business, especially places which are not prepared for holiday travel fans. More and more travellers visit such remote sites, which have started to change because of frequent holidaymakers. Although these changes aren't altogether positive, there is some good news.
Nowadays, we can see a large increase in "ecotourism" . It's a kind of tourism where travellers try to make a beneficial impact on the places which they visit. If this idea appeals to you, then you have a wide range of options: you can contribute to the development of an organic farm in Britain, take part in the Amazon rainforest protection programme or preserve the wildlife in Africa. There is a wide variety of things to do so you can always opt for something you really like. Overall, through ecotourism, you can affect your holiday destination in a positive way.
If you have made up your mind to go on such a holiday, you should definitely find out more about your intended destination. Why not google it? It will give you a lot of useful information as well as some helpful tips on what to wear and how to behave. What's more, it can help prevent you from making stupid mistakes, which reduces the risk of offending or upsetting your hosts. Another good thing to do is to get to know more about the culture and art of the country you're staying in. Listen to some of their ethnic music or read some books about that place. If you know even a little bit about your holiday spot, your vacation can turn out to be really exciting and enjoyable.
Don't forget, it's important to plan your budget. You should always know your spending limit. You can help local people and their economy if you buy food and drinks from them as well as rent an apartment locally. Also, hire a local guide who can tell you many more interesting things about their place than a travel agent. It's a well-known fact that we can be richer in some places and not so in others due to the standard of living and currency exchange rate. Try to always pay a fair price, even if it's a common thing to bargain there. Don't forget that even a very small amount of money, which might be unimportant to you, can make a big difference to the local people.
As an ecotourist, you can have a positive effect on the local environment. One way is pretty simple: don't leave any garbage lying around. You should also use biodegradable products if it's possible. If the place where you travel to has a short supply of water or fuel, try to use them as little as possible. Another important tip is that you shouldn't buy things which are made from endangered plants or animals. If you get the wonderful opportunity to visit an exotic spot like a rainforest, a coral reef or a remote mountain, you should leave it in the same condition as you found it. That way, other visitors who go there afterwards will be able to enjoy this place, too.
According to ecotourism organisations, your respect for the environment, local culture, and of the holiday destinations you visit will make your vacation nicer and more enjoyable. If travellers try to contribute to the local economy, respect the environment, and follow laws, then everyone will be able to experience "ecoholidays" now and into the future.
Where does tourism have a big negative effect? In countries which aren't ready for a big number of tourists In countries where there are a lot of people who travel on their own In countries which have an effective local economy
What do they mean by the highlighted word "ecotourism" in the article? To help to save the rainforests To have a positive effect on the environment To help places meet new visitors
What should a tourist do before they take their ecoholidays? Hire a guide online. Make a detailed plan of what places to visit. Learn about their holiday destination.
How can a holidaymaker contribute to the economy of a country? Ask for discounts for everything they buy. Buy things and food which are produced by local people. Buy as many expensive foreign brands as possible.
What does the highlighted phrase "can make a big difference to some local people" in the article mean? We can change their opinions. We can help to protect their local environment. We can help them to have a better quality of life.
Which is true according to ecotourism organisers? Tourists will have nicer holidays if they think more carefully about the holiday destination and local people. Tourists should make some useful changes to exotic places which they visit. Tourists should make sure local people will be glad to meet them again when they have a vacation.
What is the writer's opinion about ecotourism? They think it's frustrating. They think it's supportive. They think it's interesting.