Travellers under 30 consider the ethical impact of the trips more than any other age demographic. In fact, 90% of 18 to 29-year-olds consider a travel company’s commitment to ethical travel important when booking a trip. Taking it one step further, Millennials and Gen Z look to travel beyond hot spot destinations to make sustainable travel choices and travel with the mission to benefit communities they visit and the planet as a whole.
A number of tour brands in The Travel Corporation family have recognised this travel trend and responded by creating thoughtful itineraries that affirm a commitment to helping preserve endangered animals on land and in sea, protect local communities, and teach sustainable travel practice to the younger generations to come.
In a joint effort with TreadRight’s Turisti Nei Cian campaign, Busabout is helping to “Save Vernazza” and help restore and preserve the devastated town found in the middle of the Cinque Terre for future generations. Guests have the opportunity to head into the wild of Vernazza and help the local farmers restore and future-proof the land.
Across the globe in Asia, Busabout partners with Refill Not Landfill in a campaign to reduce disposable water bottle waste. Passengers travelling through Cambodia receive reusable stainless-steel bottles, which they can top up at the many refill stations around the country. Actually, according to a report by the World Economic Forum, if nothing is done to push back against the deluge of plastics currently overwhelming our oceans there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. In a great effort to slow down this negative impact, U River Cruises took a strong stance on sustainability and saying no to plastics. Since its inaugural sailing in 2018, the river cruise line banned single-use plastics from its ships.
Busabout guests in Vietnam visit Streets Restaurant in Hoi An, which runs a no-cost, 18-month culinary and hospitality program for vulnerable youth living in poverty. Through the program, young disadvantaged people are helped and guided through this professional course giving them the skills they need to become self-sufficient. In Laos guests visit Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, which is a textile and artisanal institute founded on the principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices – allowing loomed textiles to thrive as a craft and giving villagers the opportunity to work for competitive wages and continued learning.
Even Contiki recently launched new trips to Colombia and Patagonia and revamped 13 pre-existing trips in Latin America to ensure that guests are able to volunteer with several community projects. In Colombia, they work with Proyecto Tit and the local community at Hacienda El Ceibal to save and grow the population of the critically endangered Cotton Top Tamarin primates. Visitors can see the primates in their natural jungle habitat, when they are the most active, before meeting with the local community to learn about sustainability and best practices that benefit themselves and the primates.
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