Choosing where to go on holiday can sometimes be a massive pain. You will know where you want to go but choosing the right accommodation and how to get there can be stressful, especially if you are a green consumer and you are trying to be as eco-friendly as possible.
One of the best ways to alleviate this stress is to book a holiday through a travel company as most of them do the hard work for you. However, many of them will be in it for a profit instead of looking towards sustainability. Below are seven of the top sustainable travel companies, the list isn’t exhaustive so feel free to shop around for the perfect sustainable holiday that best suits you:
- Adventure Alternative – https://www.adventurealternative.com/
Based in Ireland, Adventure Alternative are a specialist adventure holiday travel company, established in 1991 by adventurer, Gavin Bate. Their trips range from mountains, arctic, jungle and desert adventures. The company holds its sustainable status by not just promoting their holidays but also by promising to protect the areas they visit.
- Better Places Travel – https://betterplaces.nl/
With a wide range of travel experience and due to working in the travel industry, the Netherlands travel company, Better Places Travel, is dedicated to helping people experience the world. They are registered to the Social Enterprise Code and therefore follow the requirements to be a social and sustainable entrepreneurship.
- G Adventures – https://www.gadventures.com/
G Adventures offer a wide range of trips including safaris, expeditions, and small group tours. Bruce Poon Tip established G Adventures in 1990 with the goal of creating a sustainable travel company. The G in their name stands for Good, as the company strives to help preserve our planet.
- Intrepid Travel – https://www.intrepidtravel.com/uk
With over 30 years of travelling experience, Intrepid is focused on respecting local cultures, communities, and the environment. They help you to enjoy your holiday with a lower carbon footprint and without the high emissions, making your holiday a sustainable one. In 2010 they had reached their goal of becoming carbon neutral.
- Much Better Adventures – https://www.muchbetteradventures.com/
As their purpose is to ‘protect our world’s wild places, one adventure at a time’, Much Better Adventures are a sustainable travel company. They offer a large number of adventure holidays, either as a private holiday or in a group. They are dedicated to reducing their carbon emissions, helping local communities, and supporting conservation.
- Responsible Travel – https://www.responsibletravel.com/
UK based Responsible Travel supports communities and strives to preserve nature. They screen each of their holidays manually, so they are certain that their holidays have a minimum impact on our planet. When you book with Responsible Travel you are also helping communities as each holiday sold leads to the company funding a day out for a child.
- Undiscovered Mountains – https://undiscoveredmountains.com/
Undiscovered Mountains only offer holidays that have minimal impact on the environment, and they also support local conservation projects. All their guides are taught about environmental sustainability through their training. You can also book eco-friendly accommodation through them, since 2020 they have asked their partnered accommodation providers to promise to reduce their use of single-use plastic, as part of their responsible environmentally ethical commitment.