- Deborah Regen and EcoTourLinq, the answer for your ecotourism curiosity!
- When you can’t get any information you want, then be the one that provides it. That’s the mantra.
- From altitude sickness to seeing child beggar, don’t be discouraged by the problem you may see during your travel!
- What’s recommended for eco-friendly travel then?
- So, what’s next for Deborah?
- The BeauTraveler on EcoTourLinq
So here’s my confession for this week’s The Wander Lover Series: if normally I scheduled the content a few weeks prior to the publishing date, today I’m actually making it impromptu due to my hectic schedule lately.
And now that I’m home, I’ve finally got a rather decent internet connection. 🙂
Okay, so we all know that everyone loves traveling nowadays. But, how many of you actually care about the importance of eco-tourism, one where no animals get abused or no ecosystem is ruined in the process?
Deborah Regen and EcoTourLinq, the answer for your ecotourism curiosity!
Produced by Deborah Regen, a native of Florida in the United States who’s also an award-winning multimedia journalist and marketing expert who promotes ecotourism worldwide.
And just like her background, her blog EcoTourLinq has also got the same purpose as what she does for her work in journalism: to ‘link’ eco-friendly travelers with responsible and sustainable tour companies.
The name of EcoTourLinQ was also inspired from the purpose with substitution of ‘K’ in the ‘link’ with a ‘Q’. 🙂
For this, when asked about her traveling style, she was firm to answer that she’s into “green” travel, as in she even prefers to stay in an eco-certified B&B or small guest home if not eco-lodge.
She has always enjoyed nature. Her childhood along the Gulf of Mexico was enriched by the natural beauty of nature, whereby the concern for the environment was an emerging social cause back then.
She always remembers the first internationally celebrated Earth Day, when she owned a pair of “Earth shoes.” All of these influences stay with her until this very day. Hence, the creation of EcoTourLinq.
When you can’t get any information you want, then be the one that provides it. That’s the mantra.
The initial reason why she eventually started EcoTourLinq was she wanted to create a directory of eco-tour companies because it was difficult to find one online.
According to her, TripAdvisor is surprisingly not that helpful to the eco-minded traveler. The blog section of her site came some months later after she got the directory going.
As her vision is to connect the travelers with eco-friendly tour companies, her target readers are the travelers that are interested in booking tours with responsible companies committed to protecting wildlife and the environment.
For those who are in need for such information, Deborah is confident that they will find her site useful. 🙂
From altitude sickness to seeing child beggar, don’t be discouraged by the problem you may see during your travel!
When asked about what she would worry the most whenever she plans to go somewhere new, Deborah said that it’s possibly altitude sickness if the destination she’s aiming for is the somewhere with high altitude.
Her tips to handle it is to spend the first few days relaxing in the hotel or at basecamp to get acclimated.
That’s the personal worry that she often faces when she travels, but other than that, there’s also an actual problem and shortcoming that she and probably you have to see when you travel.
For instance, it is very hard when you are visiting a poor country and young children are begging you for food and money. Of course, you will feel like a monster if you say no.
But, Debora added, she has learned there are much better ways to help and there are some reputable organizations that you can give donations to in which they will get the right help to those truly in need. Such as cooking appliances, clothes, blankets, toys, or school supplies.
When you hand money directly to a child, you do not know where it will end up, and in some cases it may even go to adults involved in criminal activities like human trafficking or illegal drug smuggling.
One word that sums up what travel means to Deborah: KNOWLEDGE
For this, I agree!
I’m coming from Indonesia where a lot of children get exploited to beg and I am sceptical about where the money goes when we give it to them. My own principle is to say no when they solely beg for money. However, if they actually sell something like tissue or even just some snack, I am more happy to buy them. 🙂
What’s recommended for eco-friendly travel then?
Personally, Deborah has the most memorable traveling experience when it was the first time she saw and experienced the Grand Canyon in Arizona. According to her, everything about it is amazing. 😀
However, if she had to recommend some places to visit, that would be Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
It is such a beautiful and natural place, especially in the summer months or early fall. You can stay in a cabin or go camping, spend days hiking through tall pine forests and look for birds like owls and eagles, or animals like deer and black bears.
Apart from that, you can also go sea kayaking close to the shore line and spot orcas and whales. Even just the fresh cool air and smell of the pines makes you happy to be alive. 🙂
I gotta say, I’ve seen a lot of pictures taken by some acquaintances on Facebook, and they all look great. I personally love some picture my friend
with benefits took in Alberta, and the view is amazing!
So, what’s next for Deborah?
Romania. It is one of the lesser-visited countries but is becoming more popular as time goes by, especially among Western Europeans.
According to her, for a long time, Romania was behind “The Iron Curtain” as a Soviet satellite nation and also suffered under a dictatorship, but today that is all in the past.
She will start with Bucharest, the capital city, that is the usual in-point, but then she plans to visit some of the charming “old world” rural villages and go on hikes in the Carpathian Mountains and national parks.
Okay, now since Deborah is planning to go to Romania, here’s my special tips for you, in case you’re in need of deodorant, you can always get one from Farmec that is totally recommended by the local there! 😉
The BeauTraveler on EcoTourLinq
The first time I landed on the homepage of EcoTourLinq, I was amazed by the information about travel-themed giveaways including trips that Deborah offers to her readers and subscribers. Oh, what a life to be a freeloader! 😛
Apparently, EcoTourLinq has been awarded top 75 Travel Lifestyle Blog in which you can check out the complete list here.
EcoTourLinq not only offers heaps of information on her blog section, but you can also buy some reliable traveling products on her shop section. 😀
When I checked the blog section, I’ve seen some interview feature with some travel companies, as well as some useful tips like makeup for travel as it is one of my favorite and relatable content. 😉
And if you think it’s only that, then hang in there because there’s something else that may interests you foodies or simply food lover like I am… The feature about traditional foods from various countries!
I mean, what is traveling all about if you don’t even try the traditional food of the country you visit, right?! 😀
However, I think Deborah can improve the layout of her blog section as I think the full version of the post shown in the whole section makes it look like there’s a bit too much information in one section. The good thing is that the search option is quite helpful to find the information needed. 🙂
As someone from Indonesia, I know that there are still so many people who are not aware of the essential of eco-friendly travel. No kidding, I’m not even sure if there’s any tour agency that actually offers ecotourism around here. But thanks to EcoTourLinq, I can find a complete information about it here.
So, are you planning to travel somewhere and support ecotourism at the most and looking for reliable information about it? Why not check out EcoTourLinq to see if you can find something that attracts you?
Okay, so maybe that’s it for The Wander Lover Series this week… Thank you for reading, and TGIF! 😀