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Georgina Wilson-Powell

Tue 5 Jul 2022

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Small group tours are a fantastic way to see the world, make new connections and really get to know a place.

As we get out and explore, it’s important we don’t just leave things as we found them, but also make a positive impact along the way.

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Whether you’re staying in community-owned accommodation, travelling with a local tour guide or taking part in activities that support the local economy, the choices you make while on the move can have lasting effects long after your adventures are over.

If you’re looking to travel in a way that’s not just good for you, but good for local communities and the planet too, Intrepid have got you covered with these sustainable tips.

5 Ways To Ensure Your Next Travel Tour Is Sustainable

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1. Keep people and the planet front of mind

Now more than ever, responsible travel is essential.

This form of travel is about the attitude you take and the choices you make.

It's about choosing to respect and benefit the local people, their cultures, economies and the environment.

If you want to feel good about your next adventure, travelling in an organised group with a sustainable tour operator is one of the best ways to do so.

While it’s up to all of us to be conscious and mindful travellers, Intrepid makes it easier by building responsible travel fundamentals into every itinerary.

When you join a tour with Intrepid, you leave lighter footprints and invest your travel dollars in local communities.

You show respect and curiosity for different cultures and traditions and experience genuine connections with the people you meet.

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Responsible travel is about being mindful of your actions and attitudes

2. Be deliberate about taking to the skies

It’s no secret that air travel is one of the main contributors to carbon emissions caused by tourism, but there are still steps we can take to reduce our impact.

A significant portion of emissions from each flight comes from the take-off and landing cycle.

It’s best to fly direct when you can, and spending longer in-destination reduces the per-kilometre impact of your trip – the perfect excuse to stretch out your getaway.

Want to forgo flying altogether?

You can still have an adventure in your own backyard.

Think walking Hadrian’s Wall, exploring the Cornish coast on foot or kayaking on the River Wye.

Intrepid offers a range of active and in-depth local tours in the UK, so you can get your travel fix with little to no additional footprint.

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Spend longer in a destination or consider travelling closer to home

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3. Get local and stay local

One of the best and easiest ways to make a positive impact while travelling is by making sure your tourism dollars go back into the communities you visit.

By travelling with a local leader, you’ll not only create work opportunities but also ensure you’re respecting local cultures and supporting local economies as you travel.

Intrepid actively works with communities and a range of local partners to support the development of new community-based tourism experiences, and exclusively works with local leaders.

From sharing lunch with a rural community in Peru’s Sacred Valley to staying in community-owned guesthouses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, these experiences offer genuine insight into local life while making a real difference.

Three woman wearing colourful clothes in Nepal - Intrepid Travel's sustainable travel tips

Make sure you tourism spending goes directly towards local communities

4. Look for action behind claims

When planning your travels, look out for companies that don’t just talk the talk, but also walk the walk.

Check out animal welfare policies, climate initiatives and responsible business practices to make sure the operator you choose shares your personal values.

Intrepid is committed to making a real difference by investing in local communities, human rights initiatives, wildlife conservation projects and the environment.

The company is the first tour operator with verifiable science-based targets to tackle the climate crisis and has been totally carbon neutral since 2010.

Intrepid is also the world’s largest travel B Corp, a rigorous process that recognises businesses that are a genuine force for good in the world.

This means you can rest assured that the company behind your trip is benefitting people and the planet.

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5. Make sure your travel gives back

Travel shouldn’t just be about taking; it should be about giving back too. But this needs to be done in the right way.

As hard as it may be, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t give to beggars in the street as this can inversely impact the local people.

Instead, support organisations that work to break the cycle of poverty and directly help people in the country you’re visiting.

Formed in 2002 as a branch of Intrepid, The Intrepid Foundation supports local organisations across the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences.

Grab lunch at a social enterprise in Brazil, visit an elephant conservation sanctuary in Laos or take a cooking class with marginalised women in Nepal to make an impact where it really matters.

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