Sustainable & Cultural Journeys

Sustainable & Cultural Journeys

My Journey to Good Travel

parrot-fish Rainbow parrot fish

Hi, I'm Marcelle.

I'm a seventh-generation Bermudian and I have lived here in Bermuda all my life, apart from when I was abroad in school and during my travels. As far back as I can remember, I have always been drawn to nature and loved spending time outside. You can call me a tree hugger!

Me at 5 years old - On just another adventure

About Me

Growing up in Bermuda, it was easy for me to grow up with an appreciation for natural beauty. During my early years, unbeknownst to me at the time, I was learning about different cultures as I spent a lot of time with my best friend and her family who were from France. I have fond memories of us wandering the many beaches and vast golf courses. We would always find ourselves in our special spot on the South Shore where colourful parrotfish swam as far as our eyes could see. I also have fond memories of spending lots of time on the ocean with her and her family.

South Shore, Bermuda

Later in my early adult years, I had first-hand experience of travelling with purpose when I travelled to volunteer in Guyana, South America for 4 months.  This expereince was packed with social impact.  Guyana at the time was still 75% rainforest with a small population of about 750,000 people.  There was much to see in terms of nature and wildlife and being able to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged children and families was rewarding.

While in Guyana I was lucky to immerse myself in the culture by helping to empower the local community.  Taking a boat from Georgetown to Berbice was one of the highlights of the trip as I took in the natural beauty of the country.  So close to the Amazon, I felt like an explorer transported back in time travelling down the AMAZON RIVER.  Today, Guyana has the reputation of being a premier eco-destination.  Ever since this experience, I have been compelled to use travel as a source for good and give back during my travels.

Some of the kids I worked with in Guyana, South America

Why this blog?

This desire to use travel to make a positive impact and my love for nature and culture and protecting these assets have come together to bring you Eco Island Travel.

I am starting this blog to make travelling sustainably more accessible and easy for travellers. Don't know what sustainable travel is? Don't worry, this blog will be all about sustainable travel.  This type of travel is becoming increasingly important. I won't be preaching to you or taking you on a guilt trip when sharing ideas for sustainable travel. Nope. This blog is to INSPIRE, EQUIP, ENGAGE and EMPOWER you with information and tips to enable you to be better informed about sustainability when you travel. I will be bringing you the best sustainable travel information about Bermuda. To find out more about visiting Bermuda see our Bermuda Information page.

Rainbow parrot fish: frequently seen in Bermuda and other islands

Why a travel blog now? 

During these unprecedented times we find ourselves in, my passion and love for travel is not just something which has faded away. If you're like me, travel has become a part of your make up. Travel is inspiring, it transforms us and CONNECTS US TO PEOPLE in a way that no other experience can. I'm all for positivity at this time, so I want to focus on what keeps me inspired and what brings me alive! Hopefully, you'll be inspired too!​

Nairobi, Kenya with a member of the Maasai Tribe​

I have three goals:

1. To help you to discover how to explore and experience new adventures, all while at the same time making a positive impact.

2.  To get you straight to traveling that has a positive impact on the ENVIRONMENT.

3. To share great tips with you on how to spend your travel dollars in a way that has the most positive impact on LOCAL COMMUNITIES and CULTURES.

Habana, Cuba

Fifteen Fun Facts 

Nickname: Mush or Moosh

Dream Destination: Seychelles

Favorite City: London

Favorite Place in Bermuda: Walshingham Park (aka Tom Moore's Jungle)

Favorite Country: Guyana

Favorite Book: Dreams of My Father by Barak Obama

Favorite Cuisine: Caribbean

Favorite Movie: The Journey is the Destination

Favorite Quote: If you don't like something change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude." – Maya Angelou

Fondest Memory: Spending time as a child with my French friend and her family.

Favorite Music: Reggae (I'm a true island girl)

Best Friend: My Husband

Best Advice I've Ever Received: Do what you need to do so you can do what you want to do. (thanks Dad)

Greatest inspiration: my grandparents (they had 19 children!)

Life Goals: Learn another language and continue to be true to myself.


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I am glad you'll be joining me on this journey as I look forward to bringing you more great content on using our travels to do GOOD.


Travel to make a positive impact 

Eco Island Travel is a social enterprise travel company focused on helping travellers discover exploration and adventure through sustainable and cultural journeys. Eco Island Travel makes exploring and having new adventures in Bermuda easier by letting you know the best ways to explore and by creating experiences tailored around you, that all have a positive impact.

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