Doing all of the research to take a trip can often be a bit daunting, add on top of that the fact that you would like to have as little an environmental impact as possible you've got a lot of work ahead of you. Recently, I discovered the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations and ever since planning a trip has become more of an enjoyable past time than a chore.
With incredible interactive maps, destination score cards, articles on where to stay and more this has really become a one stop shop for me. Their description of how and why they work is wonderful and illustrates the collaboration that brings this resource to us:
The core strategy for achieving this mission is geotourism, defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. To further this mission, National Geographic departments— Maps, Traveler, Digital Media, Advertising, and several others—collaborate on CSD projects and programs with allied organizations, both global and local.
With their strong desire to really change the way people travel they are definitely worth checking out.
• Find them at National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations.
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