We are on a mission to prove that luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. As such, we are taking steps to become more sustainable in everything we do and hope to lead the way with integrity and honesty. We want to prove that our low-impact, high-value model of the travel industry, which prioritises sustainability, is the only way to travel. Our ultimate aim is to create positive impact around the world through travel and we hope you will join us on our journey.
The opportunity is vast; travel and tourism are responsible for the creation of 1 in 10 jobs globally and support sustainable livelihoods in many developing parts of the world. It is also a powerful catalyst for social change and contributes to valuable conservation efforts. However, we are conscious that while tourism provides income opportunities around the world, this is not always balanced with positive social, economic, and environmental impact.
We are therefore taking steps to increase the positive impacts of our business and to minimise the negatives, and we want to honestly communicate our journey towards sustainability.. It is our mission to ensure we have as much of a positive impact as possible – and this mission is never-ending.
Below are some of things we’re doing now, but stay tuned for new updates in our quest for positive impact.
Every time you book a trip with us, we donate a portion of the profits to a local charity that supports amazing community-focused and conservation-focused initiatives. You can find out more here.
We work with some amazing partners who share our values. A few notable examples:
Our local partner in Cambodia in a registered social enterprise that ensures all profits from the company go directly to their foundation that supports under-funded education; to date over 53,000 children in 110 schools in remote Northwestern Cambodia have been supported directly enriching the lives of the local community.
In Kenya, our local partner conducts free medical camps in the Mara and runs a programme called Wildlife Warriors that has provides conservation education to over 2000 children from the local community.
In New Zealand, our local partner works closely with the Maori guardians of private land looking at re-imbuing that land with the knowledge of their ancestors and then sharing it Maori youth. It’s a model example of tourism keeping cultural heritage alive.
We believe that wild animals should be viewed – with no contact or interaction – doing what they do best; living in the wild. We ensure that our trips avoid any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals. We have also joined the World Animal Protection (WAP) list of elephant-friendly travel companies and don’t permit any activities that allow our travellers to pet or walk with wild animals, such as lions in South Africa.
It’s an unfortunate fact that the travel industry contributes towards global carbon emissions, but we don’t want people to stop travelling – we truly believe that travel makes the world a better place. In fact, Travel & Tourism creates the equivalent of 1 in 10 jobs in the global economy and supports livelihoods many in developing parts of the world.
We’re proud to say that all trips booked from May 2017 are 100% carbon neutral. By partnering with Sustainable Travel International and their community-driven schemes, we offset the carbon emissions for every trip sold, including international flights booked independently when you travel with us.
We also aim to reduce carbon in the following ways:
Whatever you want from your tour or adventure, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.