Hi, I'm Marcelle.
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.
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.
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.
Why a travel blog now?
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.
Fifteen Fun Facts
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.
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.