An ethical holiday could be a holiday that involves keeping your travel pollution down to an absolute minimum. It could involve a holiday where the main focus will be helping out with conservation. One thing that is constant throughout ethical holidays is the fact that monies paid for the holiday will go directly to the community you are visiting. It is important when booking an ethical holiday to find out exactly how much money will go to the host. It would be awful to find out at a later date only a small percentage when into the local area when you initially thought it was more.
An ethical holiday will encourage you to respect and preserve the culture/place you are visiting. When you think of some of the resorts you may have visited throughout the years they (to a degree) are like home from home. Of course we all like things to be convenient but what a treat to be able to embrace another culture, if only for a short while. I think most would agree that there is more room for people looking at their next holiday from an ethical viewpoint rather than a ‘how great is my hotel??’ viewpoint.
Before anybody goes on an ethical holiday there is a certain degree of research that needs doing. Find out what the local specialties are (foods, textiles…) and try to support them while you are there. Find out the best way to reduce your travel pollution en route to your destination and while you are there. How you behave while on your holiday is immensely important too. Be respectful around locals (dress, begging, bargaining…) and remember the attitude you bring to the destination will ultimately add to the atmosphere.