There are so many amazing, natural wonders scattered throughout this planet. Each country has something unique you can visit, whether it’s the beautiful landscapes of Iceland, incredible animals on an African Safari, or big adventures in India. Exploring and learning more about those environments can increase people’s awareness about the natural world and present value among the wilderness.
Two years ago Eco Companion’s founder Max Sinclair decided to form a community of nature lovers, wildlife photographers, filmmakers and overall adventure enthusiasts who wanted to connect with like-minded people and share their travels with the world as a way to get more and more people excited about eco-tourism. This week we spoke to Trevor LaClair to find out what being an Eco Companion Journalist is all about.
Becoming an Eco Companion Journalist
I first became aware of Eco Companion by stumbling upon their Instagram feed. Their mission to spread conservation and promote sustainable eco-tours caught my attention. Considering my career revolves around eco-tourism, it seemed like a natural fit. As a company, Eco Companion is determined to save the natural world and share their passion for wildlife with as many people as possible. That mission motivated me to become an Eco Companion Journalist (ECJ). As a filmmaker and photographer, I wanted to find new ways to reach more people, and that is what being an ECJ is all about. By becoming an ECJ, I was able to grow as a freelancer and build on my social media profiles. In addition, the community is full of like-minded people who also love sharing their passion for the natural world.
Growing up in a rural environment, I’ve always had a passion for wildlife and a taste for adventure. I spent several years working in various zoos and wildlife sanctuaries across the United States. Not only do I enjoy working with animals, but I also love teaching people about wildlife. As a result, I dove into the world of wildlife filmmaking and photography so I can find ways to share my passion with people from around the world.
As time passed, the passion grew into a career. I now work as a wildlife guide in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem where I take visitors into both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park to search for animals while teaching them about the environment. When I’m not guiding, I’m exploring the backcountry, going on adventures, and filming and photographing wildlife.
As a journalist, I’m able to encourage people to explore and discover the beauty of nature, one ecotour at a time. Then I can motivate them to learn more about the environment and partake in conservation. Since joining, I’ve been able to network with other ECJs, connect with like-minded people and discover new ways to make an impact while sharing my adventures with more people.
Travel with a purpose
My adventures continue to become bigger and better as I continue to dive into the world of wildlife media. During a trip to Costa Rica, I participated in sea turtle conservation and trekked through the jungles filming wildlife such as tapirs and colourful birds. While spending a month in Tanzania, I studied wildlife conservation and management while venturing on multiple safaris. Each adventure was epic in their own unique way which allowed me to contribute more as an ECJ.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a wildlife photographer, an adrenaline chaser or an avid nature lover, Eco Companion has something for everyone to. If you’re looking for an incredible adventure in nature, then check out Eco Companion and all they have to offer. With the help of an incredible team, you can organize your next expedition with a purpose.