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The Eco Gypsy is a place for the gypsys, nomads, adventurers and wanderers. The restless souls, whose purpose in life is to travel, experience and immerse themselves in the beauty and sensuality of the explorer.

It is also for the idealist, the freethinker and revolutionary who can see the environmental degradation that is being inflicted daily on our beautiful planet.

The Eco Gypsy will guide you to ecoescapes around the world that preserve and protect their environments and community.

The Bohemian aesthetic of our destinations is reflected in our destination pieces and travellers trinkets available through our Bazaar.

‘I was not born for one corner, the whole World is my native land’.  Seneca

The Eco Gypsy

Destination pieces cover a range of carefully selected eco properties around the globe to stay, as well as spots that appeal to our bohemian nomad aesthetic.

The Eco Gypsy is a quarterly online magazine, covering a different area or theme. It is more environmentally friendly than print and allows our articles to be constantly updated to give you articles are always current.

Our Bazaar sells global gypsy garments from our own and other labels that support the environment and community in the destinations we cover, meaning you can purchase beautiful pieces and contribute to worthy projects from your virtual journeys with us.

 

Ecotourism Ethos

Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990).

Tourism is the worlds largest industry based on its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It generates 10% of the worlds GDP and employs over 10% of the global workforce and this percentage is still growing (World Tourism Organization 2007).

With the above in mind one can see the major impact tourism has on the world globally in all aspects. However it is also one of the least regulated industries in the world and ecotourism currently only makes up 10% of the global market.

With more responsible choices in the journeys we make, a lot of destruction and exploitation will naturally die out if demand shifts towards sustainable tourism. The Eco Gypsy aims to help its readers and customers to make more educated and ethical choices to bring about positive change through their journeys around the planet.

 

Electra Gillies

Electra Gillies is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Eco Gypsy. Currently living between Bali, Indonesia and Europe, she was inspired to set up The Eco Gypsy by ‘a gap for a beautiful, inspiring and informative portal dedicated to travelling sustainably’.

Born in Singapore and Educated in the U.K she split her time between South East Asia and Europe growing up. Living globally in places such as Nepal, The Maldives and Southern Africa, she has always been inspired by travel and conservation.

Gaining an MSc in Tourism, Environment & Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London she combined her passion for travel and academic studies to work as a travel journalist and editor on British national newspapers such as The Independent and international magazines, such as CondéNast Traveller.

She currently is a senior contributor to the Jakarta Post Travel and continues to freelance globally. Electra is also an Environmental Consultant on tropical forest and tropical marine ecology.

 

Editorial

All of our editorial content is sourced and handpicked with The Eco Gypsy’s ethos in mind and are first hand experiences.

We do not run advertorials as standard practice and any feature that is for advertising purposes will be clearly presented as so.

 

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Our Bazaar offers attire and wares that are made using local artisans, are as fair trade as possible and in most cases contribute significantly to communities and charities in their place of origin.

The Eco Gypsy is committed to Fair Trade and conscious consumer choices.

 
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