Reconnecting to nature with ecotourism really has a positive impact not only on our wellbeing but also on habitat. That’s true! Whether we – independent tourists – realize it or not. This independent travel trend is an ideal solution for a family trip because of various reasons. 

1. Travel trends after the COVID-19 pandemic

We’ve been talking about sustainable tourism for the past few years, but it’s until the COVID-19 pandemic that this trend really caught the attention of travel enthusiasts. Because in the last two years, when all our activities were delayed by the CORONA virus, the natural environment had an amazing opportunity to recover. That’s why we realize how important it is to protect the environment around us.

Getting close to nature becomes a tourism trend after the COVID-19 pandemic
Getting close to nature becomes a tourism trend after the COVID-19 pandemic

And we can’t ignore the fact that the tourism industry has been giving a negative impact on nature. Surely for that reason, green destinations are on the list for tourists after a long time of separation. Along with sustainable tourism and safe travel, nature-oriented trips are the new direction for the travel industry as well as the optimal choice for family vacations.

2. Great time for family bonding

This is a precious time for family members to be together. Nature-oriented trips are an extremely appropriate opportunity for people to get closer to share and understand each other better. As we stay away from the screen of the phone and computer, we can spend more time with our beloved ones. As a result, the affection between family members is even more tightened.

It is a fact that when we are close to nature, we are closer to people. Is that why a nature-based vacation is so suitable for families?

Great time for family bonding
Great time for family bonding

3. Close to nature to love and appreciate the environment

Nature is considerably devastated by the tourism industry. Famous tourist attractions, to attract tourists, have been touched and changed by human hands. Artificial scenes are created and trees are cleared to expand roads. Natural scenes are no longer “natural”. Therefore, finding beauty sites that are remote, private, and completely immersed in nature is what today’s independent travelers aim for.

Sustainable travel trends help tourists love and appreciate nature
Sustainable travel trends help tourists love and appreciate nature

Along with the trend of sustainable tourism, green tourism experiences offer visitors an interesting and attractive view of new land. Henceforth, they understand the importance of nature as well as the interaction between the ecosystem and the quality of human life. Visitors will enjoy the spaciousness and rejuvenation of nature without affecting the environment where they step on.

4. Nature will heal our body and your soul

Have you ever heard that we become happier and happier when we are close to nature?

Temporarily away from the hustle and bustle of the city and returning to the peaceful countryside, the slow pace will free you from the hectic pace of life. You will forget the existence of electronic devices or technology, and be able to open your eyes to the vast space. The fresh air really does wonders for your health. Diseases related to sleep disorders or cardiophobia can all be improved.

No internet, only the green surrounded
No internet, only the green surrounded

Not only your physical health but also your mental health will thank you for this trip. There is no internet but only trees, birdsong, rustling leaves, and murmuring streams exist. Isn’t it wonderful to be close to nature, not just buildings and crowded vehicles? The sound of the campfire, family members talking and laughing will surely make you more comfortable than the siren of the car at the end of the day.

5. Special and unique experiences

Unlike crowded tourist spots where anyone can go and take check-in photos, spending time with family in the countryside with trees around will give you a distinct experience that cannot be found anywhere else. No need to save photos, those images will carve in your mind for good.

Unique and special experiences are what nature-oriented trips bring to travelers
Unique and special experiences are what nature-oriented trips bring to travelers

Just imagine your whole family traveling in a distant sea and camping on the beach at night instead of staying in a hotel. After sundown, listening to the waves crashing under the starry sky and the wind blowing on the sand must be a definitely memorable experience that you can have. If you feel interested, let’s make your imagination become reality!

6. Children can have valuable experiences and grasp countless interesting knowledge

In this technology era, it’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t “stick” to an electronic device. But you can completely believe that a nature-based journey will make them forget the existence of smartphones and tablets.

What could be more exciting than the time children were exposed to pristine nature and animals that they had previously only seen on TV screens? Instead of letting them play with old toy baskets which they will soon get bored of then watch Youtube Kids or cartoons, parents can book an eco-tour in the national park that includes visiting the zoo. Kids will love it!

Traveling close to nature will stimulate creativity and help children be more active
Traveling close to nature will stimulate creativity and help children be more active

One of ecotourism’s goals is to raise tourists’ awareness of the natural environment. From tours to rivers to ecotourism sites in the forest, children might have the chance to broaden their horizons about the natural world around them.

Eco-trips might enhance their confidence, creativity, and imagination. Moreover, this will help a lot in developing children’s ability of learning, thinking as well as emotions and behaviors. They are taught to love nature, hence, they know how to protect nature and the environment, and treat everyone well.

7. Advances in technology make vacationing far away no longer too difficult

The advancement of information technology paves the way for travelers to find the travel experiences of those who have done before. Information is up-to-date in the fastest and most abundant way on suitable destinations, specific directions, and cautions when visiting certain places.

The application for accommodation is also much more upgraded. Not only hotels and motels, now you can also find comfortable and clean homestays or Airbnb provided by locals. In addition, the application to rent a private car at the destination is also more convenient than before. Many reliable private car rental platforms have been introduced (including Gobooyaa) to meet the travel needs of tourists, even in less touristy areas where it was difficult to find a suitable vehicle.

Gobooyaa - a Vietnamese reliable private car rental platform that effectively supports tourists in their nature-based trips
Gobooyaa – a Vietnamese reliable private car rental platform that effectively supports tourists in their nature-based trips

The travel-loving community is increasingly willing to share their experiences on forums and groups. Travelers can easily write down about their trip and rate the places/services for others to refer to. And conversely, families looking to try this type of getaway can also find reviews on those platforms.

8. A safe choice for families after the COVID-19 pandemic

When the fear of the epidemic is still present, safe tourism in Vietnam is on the throne and is attracting a lot of attention. Typically, places with few tourists, campsites far from each other, small homestays, or Airbnb of locals with few tenants, rental cars are guaranteed to be clean before delivery.

Independent travelers care more about their health during the trip after the COVID-19 pandemic
Independent travelers care more about their health during the trip after the COVID-19 pandemic

Especially if the family is traveling with young children, the quiet and tranquil suburbs become even more a smart choice. Along with sustainable tourism, local tourism has also become the preferred option for family vacations due to travel restrictions during the epidemic season.

9. Long-term economic and environmental benefits from ecotourism development

Ecotourism is the direction of sustainable development and financial potential in the future. Investing in ecotourism will expand the job opportunities for the locals and bring profits to the locality. Intact areas but possessing unique natural landscapes also bear numerous potential for tourism development, contributing to promoting the beautiful image of the locality.

Ecotourism offers long-term benefits to the locals and the natural environment
Ecotourism offers long-term benefits to the locals and the natural environment

The ecotourism industry also has a long-term and sustainable advancement thanks to the government’s policies to protect the natural environment. As proper management methods are conducted, natural resources can be preserved and further advanced. And, being environmentally friendly to the locations where the sightseeing activities take place, ecotourism is expected to alleviate pressure on the environment, creating a premise for sustainable development while still bringing benefits to both humans and nature.

Maybe your list of destinations in the upcoming years has been filled with renowned places around the country and worldwide, but don’t underestimate the value of a vacation night in the heart of nature. We are sure that a nature-based trip will not disappoint you and your family.

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