Truly, all of nature is a wonder. So, when we can appreciate it in our daily lives, it makes visiting amazing sites, like those listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, that much more awe-inspiring. That covers two of the main reasons why we travel--to feel awe and inspiration!
We like to take a more positive approach and appreciate nature's amazing spectacle because it makes us feel good. And the more love we give it, the longer and more often we can feel good! It's selfish, really. But we also like to aim big, but start small. So first, the bigness:
You've probably heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, but there are now Seven Natural Wonders of the World too. There are even seven for each continent. UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list also includes 183 natural sites among its list of over 900. That's a lot to appreciate! A lot of choice too.
There are other lists, but they all agree on the following obviously amazing choices: The Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, The Grand Canyon, Rio de Janeiro Harbor and Victoria Falls. Those five alone cover Australia, Asia, North America, South America and Africa -- most of the world!
You can travel in a way that is eco friendly, and you can also go to places of ecological interest. Doing either or both can be considered ecotourism.
There is also sustainable travel, which takes into account not just the natural environment, but the ethical impact upon the surrounding communities as well.
Some ways to do this might be to:
The goal is to leave every corner of the world a better place than you found it--or at the very least, no worse off.
You can support these ideals in your daily life as well. Start with general green living practices like remembering to recycle and using clean energy whenever possible to reduce your carbon footprint.
Then you can also make sure to purchase household and food items that support fair trade, health and beauty products that are both ethical and eco friendly, and choose companies that have a good corporate social responsibility program.
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