Consumers are taking an increasingly ethical stance in their purchasing choices, something we heartily approve of. The good news is that Original Travel are passionate about responsible travel in all its forms, and we’re determined to help our clients travel in a genuinely sustainable way.
When it comes to sustainable tourism, we already
offset 100% of our clients' flight carbon footprints, and the
Travel Foundation (which was set up back in 2009) supports a
number of humanitarian projects in developing countries around the
In terms of conservation, our blog, 'The
Conservation Conversation' gives a more detailed take on our
thinking but in short, we believe that conservation and tourism are
inextricably linked. At the risk of over-simplifying, if there is
no conservation, then there will be fewer reasons for tourists to
visit, which means fewer funds to conserve what made a place and
its inhabitants (both human and animal) so special in the first
place. And so on and on, in a downward spiral.
That's why we are increasingly looking to work only with
suppliers who take an ethical and sustainable stance in their
destinations. We're not perfect, and there's a long way to go for
responsible travel as a whole, but we are determined to do our bit,
which is why we're rolling out a 'Giving Back' tag that we will
apply to all properties, places and itinerary suggestions where we
believe our suppliers are making the best efforts to promote
responsible travel, sustainability and conservation. You can then
make an informed decision before you travel about where you want
your money to go.