RebeccaDettman   24-06-2010

We''d all love to jump on a private jet with George Clooney and stay in an overwater bure in the Maldives, but with all the environmental guilt we''re exposed to these days, private jets just aren''t really cutting it anymore. But this Green Travel thing is all a bit of a minefield. Ecotourism, delcares this website, is "perhaps the most over-used and mis-used word in the travel industry", and they''re right. As they further point out, "a rafting trip is only ecotourism if it raises awareness and funds to help protect the watershed", which makes my idea of ecotourism (a lovely solar-powered shower in an overwater bungalow made of sustainable palm fronds) a bit of a reality check. And how about this curly one? "When visiting rural communities, don''t hand out sweets and loose change, this only serves to corrupt and create a begging mentality where none .....




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