Greetings, fellow dive fanatics! My identify is Yvonne Ivanescu, and I’m honored to be the newest PADI AmbassaDiver.
In fact, I’ve all the time had a bizarre obsession with water. I spent most of my summers swimming in our pool, holding my breath so long as I might and pretending that I used to be mermaid. As I grew older, my love of water matured and deepened [pun intended] – swimming in my pool was not sufficient, I needed to discover the ocean, swim with sharks and assist with ocean conservation. In need of rising gills, the apparent subsequent step the power to breathe underwater – albeit with a bit assist.
On my 16th birthday, my father launched me to the world of scuba diving. It was in 2003 that I not solely acquired my PADI Open Water certification however I spent one week on a liveaboard within the Nice Barrier Reef. The remaining, as they are saying, is historical past. I fell in love with the underwater world and I haven’t appeared again. Since that fateful yr, I’ve dived within the Dominican Republic, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Greece and formally did my Divemaster internship for 3 months in the beautiful island town of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Over the previous 13 years, I really feel like scuba diving has had an unimaginable influence on my life. It's beneath the water that I understand how small of a needle I'm on this extremely immense haystack. The truth is, our oceans cowl greater than 70% of the planet’s floor and but 95% nonetheless stays unexplored. So shouldn’t we be preventing to protect that?
My weblog, Under the Yew Tree, focuses on this pressing want of sustainable journey whether or not it's on land or within the water. It additionally focuses on sluggish journey and why I’ve chosen a life of slow travel. In the present day, tourism is likely one of the quickest rising industries on the planet, and but mass tourism, often characterised as a large-scale and comparatively low-cost type of tourism, has confirmed to be unsustainable. The time to outline new methods that may concurrently profit vacationers whereas additionally serving to to protect the surroundings, in an effort to curtail the destructive impacts of mass tourism.
What's sustainable tourism?
However ‘what's sustainable tourism?’ you could ask. In actuality, there isn't any set definition and the phrases accountable, sluggish, sustainable and eco-travel are sometimes used interchangeably. However I consider that each one various types of tourism have a primary premise: the implementation of small-scale tourism tasks developed by native individuals and/or communities, additionally based mostly on nature and cultural preservation.
Together with my weblog, in 2014, I took my curiosity in sustainable tourism one step additional and enrolled in a PhD on the Université Libre de Bruxelles, specializing in group based mostly tourism tasks and advertising inside Brazil. I made a decision to take my previous company expertise, working with model names like Dragone, Jameson Whiskey and Nespresso, and use it to implement numerous advertising methods on an area degree. It's this curiosity for journey [I do confess I am a travel addict] and my curiosity in community-based tourism tasks that additionally led to my semi-permanent transfer to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
South America, for me, is the epitome of other tourism with tasks upon tasks for any sort of traveler, together with the avid scuba diver. My first expertise diving in Brazil was in Abismo Anhumas situated in one of many prime eco-tourism locations in Brazil: Bonito. Abismo Anhumas is a 72 metre/236 foot abyss culminating in an underground lake, house to unimaginable stalactite formations. As soon as inside [which is only accessible by a rope descent], I obtained to placed on my dive gear and had the uncommon alternative to swim via greater than 20 subaquatic cones of calcium carbonate composition.
Nevertheless, what took my expertise to a different degree was that Abismo hadn’t succumbed to mass tourism. As an alternative, they've taken particular measures to curb degradation to the cave, which included limiting improvement across the website [seriously, it’s basically a small wooden cabin with ropes that descend into a small hole in the middle of nowhere] and limiting quantity of friends per day [due to their adherence to Bonito’s environmental license limit].
Absimo is only one instance of the a whole lot of sustainable tourism locations that I plan to explore during my time in Latin America. My philosophy has all the time been to encourage readers to not solely get on the market and dive, however to dive [and travel] responsibly. I’ve solely skilled a small style of what Brazil has to supply, so over the approaching months I’ll be touring and diving my method throughout not solely Brazil however South America. So why don’t you tag alongside?
Learn extra about Yvonne’s philosophy on sustainable journey and comply with her journey touring and diving throughout South America on her weblog: Under the Yew Tree.