Why This Journey?
It started with a strong pull to retrace my steps to a part of the world that left an enduring impression. I was trying to find my way back to the rain forests of Panama, where in my early twenties, I was part of a team of young biologists doing bird research. Because I love watching people experience nature as much as I love studying nature, I decided to organize a group trip to Panama. It was such a success, I started bringing groups to Panama almost annually and then started developing and running trips to other corners of the natural world. I’m happy to say, I’ve created some world travelers among people who had never left their country before. But, equally close to my heart, I have seen the positive impact genuine ecotourism can have on conservation of wildlife, wild lands and local communities. Done right, ecotourism is a win-win.
But, I also started to notice travelers became overwhelmed and frustrated by their online search for their perfect destination. And I have watched ecolodge staff bend over backwards trying to satisfy visitors that were not good matches for what they offer. That’s when it struck me that in order for ecotourism to rise to its full potential, tourists and eco-destinations need to better find each other. That’s when the concept of EcoTripMatch was born.
Whether you want to spend your vacation at a fancy beach resort, an isolated hut in the middle of a rainforest or have a stopover in a big city, it’s possible to do it in a way that not only lessens the impact on the environment, but also supports conservation and communities. The mission of EcoTripMatch is to support the promise of ecotourism by matching travelers with ecotourism providers.
-Terry Lawson Dunn, Founder
Let me help you make a difference. I am available for ecotourism consulting and advising.