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Having Fun Through Camping And Responsible Ecotourism

By Christine Hernandez

An important leisure activity is recreation. It has a rejuvenating effect on one’s body and mind. This is important for healthy living amidst the stressful modern life. Some of the recreational activities that are popular these days are skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, canyoning, rock climbing, adventure tourism, backpacking, ecotourism and motor sport. Traveling to the pristine, but fragile, areas is ecotourism. There are two ways ecotourism is practiced. Appreciating nature and learning from its varied life forms as well as the cultures that are embedded in nature is one kind of ecotourism. This requires a deep sensitivity and social consciousness. Reflection on the ecological impact of human activities on nature while appreciating nature is central to it. That is why this is also called responsible ecotourism. The second type of ecotourism has commercial interest at its heart where nature preserves is just another commodity for profit making. Unfortunately, ecotourism continues to be dominated by this category of enterprise.

Ecotourism is promoted indiscriminately without concern either to ecology or local culture. Ecotourism is made a mere marketing tool. Resorts, lodges and luxury hotels are located in rich natural locations and often in ecologically sensitive areas. These facilities offer modern luxury with all the wasteful lifestyle. Ecology becomes a commodity to be exploited rather than respected and conserved. Building tourism infrastructure in the name of promoting ecotourism leads to deterioration of the habitat and deforestation. The more the facilities the more are the waste generated. A large number of visitors also mean more garbage and pollution. Many of these ecotourists have no understanding of the ecological consequences of their visits and how their lifestyles in these tourist facilities impact on nature.

In contrast to the destructive ecotourism is the responsible ecotourism. Visitors come in small groups discreetly with just a backpack containing their minimal survival needs. These include first aid kit, utensils, flashlight, map and personal care products amongst others. Two important items that they carry to provide minimal comfort and protection are the camping tent and their sleeping bags. Camping tents are manufactured by many firms such as Kelty, Sierra, Black Diamond, MSR and Eureka. Reviews of each of these tents which come with different features can be viewed in the Internet by searching, for instance, MSR Hubba Hubba Tent reviews.

Camping is usually associated with responsible tourism because the negative aspects of tourism are minimal. There is much attention given to energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation and economic benefits to local communities.

Through camping, anybody can unwind and do things that can make the environment a better place to live in. This way, anybody can find peace with one’s self and with the environment.

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Hernandez, Christine "Having Fun Through Camping And Responsible Ecotourism." Having Fun Through Camping And Responsible Ecotourism. 12 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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Hernandez, C (2010, July 12). Having Fun Through Camping And Responsible Ecotourism. Retrieved August 4, 2014, from

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Hernandez, Christine "Having Fun Through Camping And Responsible Ecotourism"

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