Agritourism holidays boost interest in farming and ranching
Posted on Thursday 10 May 2012
in United States of America, Adventure, Scenic Beauty, Shoestring
The world of niche tourism is ever-expanding to include more focused trips and holidays that cater to the interests of all types of travellers. Indian tourists who have an interest in the natural world and wish to learn about protecting it could consider centring their adventure travel excursion on "agritourism."
This ever-expanding industry is encouraging guests to visit new locales to learn about farming and ranch life, while connecting with the natural world and those who make their livelihood in this manner. These types of trips can be taken throughout the world, as the popularity of agritourism grows in countries such as the U.S., Australia and Canada. Many organisations who work in agriculture are putting effort into designing tours and trips for individuals who have an interest in working alongside farm owners, enjoying the countryside, or partaking in other type of outdoor activities.
Hawaii is a prime locale for agritourism
For instance, Indian travellers who take flights to Honolulu for their holidays could consider including a farm stay or tour in their vacation itineraries. According to The Los Angeles Times, more travellers in Hawaii are skipping a day or two at the beach and venturing inland to explore coconut farms, coffee plantations and massive farmer's markets full of exotic produce.
President of the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council and owner of Kahua Farms Tim Richards says he's happy to welcome guests to his establishment that specialises in livestock sales.
"Agricultural tourism gives me an opportunity to get up on my soap box and talk about ranch management and watershed management," Richards, told the news source. "And then when they're back home and someone is talking about those evil farmers and ranchers, they can say, 'Well, you know, I talked to this guy in Hawaii and maybe they're not all so bad.' They can see that ranchers are not the ogres we're made out to be."
One of the most popular agritourism trips to take in Hawaii is visiting cacao farms, which grow the fruit that can be turned into chocolate. Steelgrass Farm in Kauai, for instance, supplies chocolate and cacao trees to other farms on the islands and allows guests to sample some of the products while they stroll through the grounds. Another option is a journey to the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, where scientists are working on new developments in culinary arts, sustainability and the future of agriculture.
Other hotspots for argritourism around the world
Indian travellers can go almost anywhere in the world to experience agritourism hotspots like the ones in Hawaii. For example, some will venture to Serbia during the growing season to stay at rural farms to learn how to prepare traditional cuisine, plant vegetables or simply take in the fresh air of the countryside. Some farms advertise trips themselves, while other tour organisations will pair travellers with working farms, providing guests with an authentic experience.
There are several farm stay holidays available throughout Asia as well, especially in China and Thailand. These businesses will usually be in more rural areas where farmland is rich and the accommodations are created out of materials from the land. Guests are able to work alongside farmers and take hikes through the surrounding landscapes, all while indulging in tasty dishes prepared with organic and fresh ingredients.
Taking a tour that helps travellers enjoy nature and exist simply on the land can be a great way to experience local people, culture and customs of a new locale. Indian travellers can choose an agritourism trip for an affordable and interesting way to spend a holiday.
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