Whether you call it green travel, eco-travel or sustainable travel, if you’re trying to travel more lightly and in a more eco-friendly way, we’ve got you covered.
From conservation projects and off-grid lodges to all inclusive safari tours that really do help the local communities, boutique hotels and luxury itineraries, the below eco-friendly travel companies really do wear their green heart on their sleeves.
The clue is in the name with Responsible Travel. They’ve lead the way in eco-friendly holidays and ecotourism tours since 2001. This eco-friendly company have over 5,000 adventures on offer to destinations all over the world. Choose from hiking, conservation, diving, kayaking, cycling or head off to track snow leopards, swim with the whales or cruise Antarctica.
Responsible Travel has a give back program, it campaigns for positive change with NGOs and activists. Its eco-tours and holidays focus on local culture and local people, making sure your money goes to independent businesses and and supports animal conservation. You won’t find any elephant riding or exploitative practices here.
Luxury sustainable safari tour operator AndBeyond go above and beyond investing back into the local environment. The company has just installed an electrical micro-grid at their Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp in Botswana, the second on the African continent, which decreases the need for a generator and it’s looking at ways to install water bottling plants similar to those found at its South African lodges. The company has a responsible travel policy which looks after the land, local people and animals.
This eco-tour company offers a range of luxury safaris in 11 African countries with 29 camps and lodges that all employ local guides. Search for wildlife on the Serengeti, track the great migration, explore Masai Mara national park or glide in a hot air balloon over Namib Desert.
Eco-travel company and booking platform, Ecocompanion pulls together the world's best eco-lodges, tours, and conservation projects which you can chop and change into personal itineraries for countries as varied as Costa Rica and Malaysia. This is a brilliant start if you want an active holiday, getting involved with projects including rainforest research or marine conservation in Raja Ampat, one of prettiest places to dive in the world. Stay in off-grid cabins, hike Scandinavia or simply potter around the UK coast, helping out with beach cleans.
Undiscovered Mountains is a sustainable tourism company that specializes in experiences in the French Alps. From skiing and snow-touring to building an igloo in winter to mountain biking and cycling in the summer. It has special packages for families and singles and ensure that they only work with local guides, independent accommodation and responsible partners so that all your hard earned cash goes to the people who deserve it and those who help protect Europe’s stunning mountain range.
While Intrepid Travel has been around for years, the company is no slow coach when it comes to slow and sustainable travel. It prides itself on incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way it provides travellers with real life experiences. Simply put these are small group tours all over the world, from Greenland to Oman that get you up close and personal with wildlife and cultural highlights with local guides and specialist experts. You can also book specialist cycling, sailing or wildlife trips with them. The Intrepid Foundation also supports 50 community and conservation projects all over the world.