A Return to Travel: Southeast Alaska and Sustainable Tourism
By Valerie Mellema, Guest Writer
It might seem like it’s been years since we’ve been able to travel. Understandably, you are itching to get out and go on some new and exciting adventures. As more and more areas are opening, we’re starting to see a resurgence in the desire to travel once more. If you’ve been looking for a fun and unique opportunity, you may want to consider heading to Southeast Alaska. Look at some of the great things you can do when you choose to get back to nature in a place like Alaska.
A New Appreciation for Nature
Small boat travel can take you to areas that you would not be able to see if you were taking a traditional cruise. With small boats, it becomes much easier for you to get closer to nature. There’s a good chance of seeing wildlife along the shore, as well as marine wildlife. Consider some of the different types of wildlife that you can see and photograph, such as whales, otters, and bears. How thrilling would it be to see a large mama bear and her cubs walking along the shore? Imagine taking pictures or video of a pod of orcas. The possibilities are endless and create lifetime memories.
You might also want to take a trip that takes you close to some of the glaciers in Alaska. These are impressive natural structures that are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Seeing the glaciers and the wildlife up close also helps to foster an attitude of sustainability, which can follow you well past your vacation. Seeing the real world and seeing how it is impacted by the actions of people help to give you a new appreciation for conservation. This includes not just animals like bears, and our respectful viewing but also the glaciers themselves. Though they are retreating, we can enjoy their majestic views now and support sustainable travel practices.
You will also find that there are plenty of different types of activities that you can enjoy while you are on vacation. Perhaps you want to do some kayaking, or maybe you want to get into the water. Polar plunge anyone? Many of the itineraries you will find allow visitors to learn more about the cultures of indigenous tribes from Alaska and the history of small communities on some itineraries. From skiff rides to hiking, and taking in the Northern Lights, there are always plenty of things that you can see, do, and enjoy while you are on vacation in Alaska.
Choose a Vacation That’s Right for You
Whenever you are choosing a vacation, consider the types of activities that you can enjoy. A standard cruise might not be the best fit for everyone. Adding some adventure to the mix by joining a smaller group may fit your desire for a connection to nature and be a better option.
These are the types of experiences that are far closer than you realize. There are plenty of vacation options from which you can choose whether you want to go for a week, 12 days, or 14 days. You can choose options that explore Glacier Bay National Park, the Northern Passages, fjords, and much more. Take the time to check out the itineraries that are available to determine which type of trip will be best for the type of vacation that you want to enjoy.
When you choose to visit the great outdoors, you will appreciate the natural world far more. Vacations that support sustainability, while providing you with a wealth of memories that will last a lifetime should always be the goal. When you no longer have to stay cooped up in the house, getting out and exploring Alaska will feel fantastic.