Book Roundup Wednesday: Books About Ecotourism
Destination Wildlife: An International Site-By-Site Guide to the Best Places to Experience Endangered, Rare, and Fascinating Animals and Their Habitats (by Pamela K. Brodowsky and the National Wildlife Foundation, $20, Perigee, Apr. 2009): If experiencing the world’s wildlife on its own turf is a priority in your travels, this book is a great place to start planning. The authors tell you what you’ll experience, how much it'll cost, and when to go. It’s a great resource to help sort out the haystack of ecotravel possibilities.
Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World (by Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith, $30, Rough Guides, Aug. 2009): This book is packed with off-the-beaten-track adventures that minimize environmental impact. Flipping to any page to find a prospect like “Walk with rhinos at Leshiba” or “Pick a Papaya in Sri Lanka” makes for lush material for either planning or daydreaming.
Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (by Martha Honey, $30, Island Press, second edition, Aug. 2008): Before you book your trip to pick the papayas of Sri Lanka, it’s worth taking an honest look at the often greenwashed ecotourism industry and its impacts. By way of a series of case studies, this book discusses the positive and negative implications of ecotourism and helps guide readers toward a genuinely beneficial experience.
Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness (by Bill Sherwonit, $22, University of Alaska Press, Sept. 2009): Vicarious traveling might not be your preference, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be rewarding. Follow geologist Bill Sherwonit as he treks through Alaska’s Brooks Range, reflects on his relationship with the wilderness, and becomes a successful nature writer.
--Sarah F. Kessler