Eco Vacations For Summer

With breaks from school, warmer temperatures and an approved vacation form submitted at work, summer travel is calling your name.

More people than ever are not only seeking a vacation, but are also looking for ways to minimize their getaway’s impact.

Finding environmentally friendly hotels, resorts and lodges is easier than you might think, with credible websites and travel agencies dedicated to this service. We’ve searched through recommended resorts and reviewed expert findings. Here’s a rundown of a few of our favorites.

International Bound

The Lodge at Chaa Creek, San Ignacio, Belize

Awarded Best Eco Resort by Caribbean Travel & Life in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, as well as Belize’s first ever Green Globe Certified Silver Status by the Global Certification Programme, Chaa Creek is definitely the top scorer in a league of prestigious green resorts. National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s Top 50 Eco Lodges in 2008 isn’t a bad accolade to add to the wall either.

Chaa Creek proves you can have a luxurious vacation while remaining eco-friendly.

The lodge believes that “travel, when conducted mindfully can be a powerful tool for positive change, inspiring awareness of environmental responsibility and social commitment.”

Chaa Creek goes above and beyond when it comes to living by their green message. All solid waste is separated and reused or recycled, organic kitchen waste and grass trimmings are composted, aluminum cans are crushed and used as fill material in concrete building foundations.

Glass that is not recycled is crushed on-site in an electric glass crusher and used as an aggregate when mixing cement. Fruits and vegetables for visitors and staff is grown on their Maya Organic Farm. The list goes on and on.

In addition to their daily practices, lodge founders Mick and Lucy Fleming established the Belize Foundation for Conservation (BFC), which is now based from Chaa Creek’s on-site Natural History Center.

The lodge hosts various environmental education projects, including summer camps and teacher training programs, and partners with conservation projects ranging from agroforestry research to howler monkey reintroduction.

But if all this wasn’t green enough for you, consider the Eco-Package designed for the most eco-minded of travelers out there.

Read the whole story: 6 Eco Vacations for Summer

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