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Responsible Travel

Our Ethics

For us, responsible travel is intrinsically linked with luxury travel. The low-impact, high-value model of the luxury travel industry is one with sustainability in mind.

At Jacada Travel, we know we have a great responsibility to make travel an uplifting experience for everyone, from our travellers to the people they meet at their destination. Travel has the power to be immensely positive for everyone, if it’s conducted responsibly.

Therefore, we follow certain guides across all our regions:

  • Our guides are local, which benefits the community economically and also in allowing them to show travellers their land on their own terms. We encourage our clients to buy locally and suggest stores that are run by local artisans. Developing strong, lasting relationships with our local partners also results in a sustainable and long-term boost to the economy of a destination.
  • We do not promote any irresponsible forms of travel and provide our travellers with the information to make informed decisions.
  • The hotels, lodges and camps we work with all share our ethics, support the local community and work to protect their surrounding environment. They use sustainable fuel sources, operate on a low impact model, and have their own community projects that they support with their own profits. In areas of wilderness, these lodges protect the land and wildlife with the revenue made from low-volume tourism.
  • We give back to community and environmental charities (see below).
  • Finally, our own offices operate on a green basis. We avoid unnecessary printing, we recycle everything, and a large percentage of us walk and/or cycle to work.
Giving Back

Jacada Travel supports a number of charities across the world. We give back a portion of our profits to these charities, ensuring that a donation from each trip sold goes to both a community and environment regional charity.

Africa

Rhinos Without Borders aim to move 100 rhinos from South Africa, where they are at high risk from poaching, to the relative safety of Botswana. Back in January 2015, we held an event at London’s Royal Geographical Society in aid of rhino projects, including Rhinos Without Borders, and raised over £10,500 ($16,300).

Uthando is a community development charity based in Cape Town. Most recently, we helped fund the new Isiseko Educare Centre, a day care centre, in the Cape Town township of Mfuleni.

Uthando, Home from Home

Latin America

Latin America bookings support two of the Latin America Travel Association (LATA) Foundation’s projects: wildlife rescue in Costa Rica and schooling in Ecuador. The Kids Saving the Rainforest project in Costa Rica rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals in the Manuel Antonio region. In Ecuador, the Condor Trust works in Quito, helping families send their children to school. The funds provide uniforms, books and school materials for children from low-income families.

Condor Trust, Ecuador

Asia

Our Asian charities of choice are the World Land Trust in Malaysia and Building Schools for Burma. The World Land Trust supports conservation in Borneo, protecting the rainforest and the animals that live there. Building Schools for Burma is a project set up by Patrick Gilfeather to advance the education of the children of Burma by providing educational facilities and building schools in Burma. Read our interview with Patrick here.

Building Schools for Burma

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