Everyone in your family can act as a responsible traveler — here are some tips to get your youngest started on the green pathway.
Lead by example — that's the best way to teach your kids. Here are some things parents and children can do together on their next tropical holiday to promote the positive environmental values of eco-tourism.
*Reuse your beach towel.
* Only take what you will use.
* Support conservation programs.
* Use hotel and public transportation.
* Refrain from using disposable cameras.
* Avoid styrofoam, room service and carryout.
* Don't buy endangered species products, such as items made from sea turtles and black coral.
* Turn off lights, air conditioner and other appliances when leaving the room.
* Write a comment or speak with the hotel management, airline, cruise line or tour guide regarding their environmental efforts.
* Compliment facilities/groups that have green programs, and if environmentally conscious programs aren't in place, ask why.
* Fly on airlines that recycle and have environmental agendas, including American Airlines, British Airways, Northwest and Southwest.
*Pick up litter, and don't take souvenirs from natural areas.
Tips Courtesy: Caribbean Hotel Association's Caribbean Action for Sustainable Tourism Program.
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