As the distance between cultures and countries grows ever smaller, destinations once off limits to families have become almost commonplace. Places that used to be considered too expensive are now within reach for families who plan carefully. Even ecologically friendly travel, better known by its abbreviated monikers “eco-travel,” “green travel,” “sustainable tourism,” and “ecotourism,” has become routine to frequent travelers. The rewards of choosing an earth-friendly vacation are many. Ecotourism destinations are usually pristine, lush, and many are unspeakably beautiful to behold. Visiting an eco-friendly destination means your family's travel dollars will benefit the environment and often aid local residents of that area.