Responsible Travel

Responsible Travel

1% of sales funds day trip for a child from a disadvantaged background to see something they’ve never seen before

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Quote: All our holidays support local communities & nature – bringing you closer to both

Our holidays are more enjoyable because they do good

When your trip benefits others, you gain too. All our trips support communities and preserve nature – which helps you get closer to both. So when you travel with us, everyone wins.

And they should do more than minimize impact

Our holidays work with people and planet, and ensure maximum benefit to both. We manually screen each one, and publish the evidence on every holiday page. That way, you know any trip with us will be a force for good, as well as truly memorable. And, when you travel with us, we’ll fund a day out for a child – so they can experience something new and great too. We call it our trip for a trip.

Together, we’re making tourism better

We’re an activist company, founded in 2001. We are far from perfect, but try to lead by example, and campaign for change. By supporting our work and choosing our holidays, you’re helping create a kinder, more responsible industry for everyone.


Our diverse and beautiful planet has long been a source of wonder that’s fuelled my curiosity and sense of adventure.

My early trips travelling alone through Africa on local buses and ferries; cycling, walking and camping had everything to do with local lives and nature, and very little to do with the tourism industry.

Experience then – and since – has taught me that you get back what you put in. An authentic experience, which reveals the soul of a place, is a gift given at the discretion of local people. We travel in places they call home. If tourism works for them, the opportunities for deeper and more joyful travel increase. Our customers love our holidays because local people prefer caring visitors, and go the extra mile to share their culture, foods, rituals and ways of life.

That’s really the idea behind Responsible Travel, which I co-founded in 2001.

We screen every holiday against our criteria for responsible travel – travel that maximises the benefits to local people and places and reduces any negative impacts. You can read the evidence of how on every holiday page.

Calling the company Responsible Travel was a deliberately provocative (many told me foolish) act that was a challenge to the industry. I don’t like much of what I see in tourism, which often tramples over the environment, culture and local people. By exception our name calls this out, and gives customers a choice.

To that end, our twenty years have been filled with campaigns – from publishing the first carbon audits of holidays; encouraging less flying; stopping orphanage tourism, elephant rides, orca shows and more.

Our Trip for a Trip initiative is something I’m very proud of – when you book a holiday we fund a day trip for a child from a disadvantaged background to see something they’ve never seen before – like the sea, a wild animal close to home, or museum of their history. On holiday, and in life, I think we should judge ourselves on how we can support those with fewer life advantages than us, and understand that we have much to learn from them. Wisdom, knowledge and kindness are often not the privilege of the traveller.

I think of Responsible Travel as a Trojan horse, embedded in the tourism industry changing it from within. My experience in business is that nothing is copied faster than a good example, and that is what we strive to be.

I hope you’ll travel with us. I know you’ll enjoy yourself and be warmly welcomed locally.