Sustainable tourism seeks to reduce the harmful effects of mainstream tourism on local environments and cultures while simultaneously growing employment for locals. The pioneers below, in one way or another, are positively disrupting the industry, helping the world discover new holiday destinations and encouraging ‘responsible tourist’ behaviour. Tripbod's Daniel Turner brings us five travel sites set to change the world.
Specialising in adventure holidays, Much Better Adventures promotes efficiency with the usually time-consuming planning process. Using their ‘Tripwall’, groups can plan and discuss their skiing, cycling, walking and biking adventures making the initial steps less stressful. These adventures are planned with specialist locals who know the best spots, supporting sustainable development around the world.
2. Blue Yonder
“If we could dream, we should also have the courage to see the dream through”. That was the philosophy that drove The Blue Yonder to create sustainable development tourism in previously unknown destinations. Starting in 2004 in a small village in Kerala, India they have since been creating meaningful, inspiring travel. They operate in India, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
3. Love Desh
Lovedesh, founded by Yasmin Choudhury, has a mission to tackle the perceptions of the least developed countries in the world. The travel aspect of the company sets open minded travellers on small philanthropically led trips. Yasmin also creates interesting fashion designs sourced from fair trade textiles.
4. Unseen Tours
Unseen is run by a unique charity called Sock Mob Events, which offer tours around London led by homeless or formerly homeless guides. The tours look into historical and hidden gems of London, mixed with the guides stories and experiences of the city. The majority of the income goes straight to the homeless tour guides who have been professionally coached.
5. Clear Oceans
Samantha Tyers is an ocean lover, who has a vision to reduce plastic bottle waste in the tourist and diving industries. To protect the environment that is harmed at the expense of these industries, she will connect businesses to alternate solutions to plastic, offering customers a cheaper and better experience.
Every year during World Travel Market week, Tripbod hosts a fringe networking event for responsible tourism, collecting the talent of start-ups and companies from around the world. These companies are just a handful of the many positive disrupters of the travel industry you can meet! Click here for more information.