Daily Dose 09.19

“Eco” means different things to different people, and the WorldWideWeb brings all those views straight to your eyeballs….

Japanese tourists are ready to shift their travel habits from “passive” to “active”; “fast” to “slow”; “general” to “specific”; “short” to “long”; “look” to “experience”; “famous” to “unique”; “money” to “time”; “shopping” to “memory”… so says Evolution Tourism Institute Director Tenshin Kobayashi. Eco-friendliness has become trendy in Japan, adds Marriott executive Victor Osumi. “There is increasing awareness in the well-being of the environment, and consumers are more conscious of environmental impacts when they buy products,” he said. With 37 million big-spending passport holders in Japan, their choices could have quite an impact.

The Californian version of eco-travel could be: “mellow but not boring, exciting yet stress-free.” That’s what a honeymooning couple looked for in a trip to Costa Rica. BudgetTravelOnline tells all about their itinerary, which features stays at a hacienda and an eco-lodge, visits to national parks and beaches, a rainforest canopy tour, and vegetarian meals.

What’s bad for the bears is good for the tourists… that’s how some travel agents see it, as they sell trips to the Arctic with a boast that it’s easier now to see polar bears, Grist reports. That’s because starving bears are encroaching on human settlements to scavenge for food, as melting ice floes, blamed on global warming, make it harder for them to hunt seals.

If you can’t make it to Boston’s alt-transportation festival this weekend, you can visit the Union of Concerned Scientists Web site instead, where they provide you with a handy primer that explains what all those FFVs, CVTs and AFMs are all about.