How To Raise Kids As Eco-Tourists - My Family Travels

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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