Eco-Tourism: More Extraordinary Green Honeymoons
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As Americans have become more environmentally conscious, honeymoons have too. Couples are opting for eco-friendly trips more than ever. In many cases, these trips are just as luxurious and exotic as the traditional honeymoon. In other cases, couples are honeymooning close to home to decrease their carbon footprint. There are a growing number of travel and tour companies catering to the eco-friendly traveler, and this makes planning a whole lot easier. After the excitement (and stress) of your wedding, everything about your honeymoon should be pure relaxation. Here are a few eco-friendly honeymoon ideas to inspire your inner adventurer.
Acadia National Park
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The U.S. still has its wild places. Maine’s Acadia National Park is one of them. It’s a national forest right on the rugged coast of Maine. You can camp or stay at a local bed and breakfast. The area is a hotspot for romantic whale watches, delicious seafood, mountain biking, hiking, and water sports. If you live on the East Coast, Acadia offers an exotic getaway that’s close to home.
A Treehouse in Kenya
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Elevate Destinations, a philanthropic travel company, offers eco-friendly package tours to a wide variety of destinations. One of their offerings: a two week trip to Kenya with accommodations in a luxury tree house surrounded by wildlife. The package also includes a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara game park at sunrise. It’s a bit pricey, but if you’re looking for an entirely eco-friendly luxury experience you’ll never forget, this might be it.
New Zealand Eco-Tour
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New Zealand is known for its environmental focus. They are ahead of the curve with many green buildings, environmental conservation projects, and sustainability initiatives countrywide. Experience the spectacular natural beauty of one of the most pristine wild places on Earth. In one day, you can see a glacier and a rainforest. Now that’s biodiversity!
Jean-Michel Coustou’s Fiji Island Resort
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This resort is exceptional, both for its location (Fiji is a tropical paradise), and for its eco-friendliness. It was ranked as the #1 Most Environmentally Friendly Accommodation by Trip Advisor in 2007, and was nominated for Australasia’s Leading Green Resort Award in 2010. It is owned by the son of the late great Jacques Cousteau, and Jean-Michel shares his father’s love of nature. He is dedicated to supporting the local culture and people. Eco amenities include meals from the hotel’s organic gardens, the first recycling program on Savusavu, marine-life protection and conservation initiatives, and a new wastewater recycling system.