Sustainable Travel

Our recent customer survey showed that you’re as passionate as we are about responsible travel. For us, it means working to ensure tourism brings greater benefits for local people and economies in destinations, offering positive choices which are not harmful to people, animals or the environment.

In our poll, 73% of you said that sustainable travel is one of the factors you consider when choosing a holiday and 6% consider it the main factor. Furthermore, a full 90% of you said that if you knew which companies specialised in sustainable travel, you’d be more likely to book travel with them, and 94% of you would like to learn more about how your holiday can help local people and the economy.

That’s where Travel Counsellors comes in. We care for our people, our customers and our communities – both those we live in and those we send our customers to every day. Your Travel Counsellor can give you advice on the right steps to make a positive impact through your travel.

Everyone who joins Travel Counsellors signs up to our commitment to learn about and consider responsible tourism in every holiday they create. We work with international charity The Travel Foundation to help leave a better world for future generations to enjoy and explore. The foundation works to ensure tourism benefits local people and the environment, designing and delivering sustainable initiatives in mainstream destinations as well as providing guidance, training and expertise to travel companies around the world. For us at Travel Counsellors, sustainable travel is also related to more authentic travel experiences – visiting unspoilt places and immersing oneself in the local culture is our passion and one that’s shared with our customers.

One way to have a more responsible holiday is to buy local so that the money you spend on holiday stays in the local economy.

Your Travel Counsellor can suggest excursions using local companies and guides as well as recommending local treats to look out for in your destinations, from locally made souvenirs to regional specialities in bars, cafés and restaurants.

Discover Hurtigruten – leaders in sustainable travel

04 July 2019

Committed to sustainable travel, Hurtigruten operate in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes. This is a responsibility taken seriously, which is why Hurtigruten educate their guests on how to reduce their environmental footprint.

Building on their passion, competence and heritage, Hurtigruten are determined to make a difference. This is why, when you book your expedition cruise with Hurtigruten, you’ll always experience the highest levels of environmental awareness.

 

Enjoy an eco-friendly private island escape at Bawah Reserve

17 July 2019

Lying 160 nautical miles from Singapore, at the southern end of Indonesia’s Anambas Islands, the serene and secluded Bawah Reserve offers the ultimate in sustainable luxury. An exclusive cluster of six serene islands with three lagoons and thirteen beaches, all enveloped by the South China Sea, the stunning Bawah Reserve is shrouded in verdant greenery and lapped by azure blue waters. 

Discover how COMO Hotels and Resorts are minimising their impact on the environment

17 July 2019

With a focus on health, fantastic food and bespoke adventures in luxurious surroundings, COMO’s collection of stunning resorts across the globe, including in the Maldives, Turks & Caicos, Indonesia and Thailand, are second-to-none when it comes to getting away from it all to focus on your mental and physical wellbeing. Each beautiful resort location is unique and faces different local challenges and opportunities for sustainability.

Indulge in a slice of eco-chic luxury with Six Senses

12 July 2019

The stunning eco-chic collection of Six Senses resorts, hotels and spas all share a commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design – all infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether you’re looking for an exquisite island resort, a tranquil mountain retreat or an upbeat urban getaway, Six Senses offer you the chance to reconnect with yourself, others and the world around you.

Our favourite eco-friendly travel destinations

22 January 2020

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism is something that we really care about at Travel Counsellors, which is why we work with international charity, The Travel Foundation, to ensure that tourism brings greater benefits for local people and the environment, and to help us leave a better world for future generations to enjoy and explore.

Enjoy a unique holiday experience at the award-winning Elephant Hills

17 July 2019

Founded in 2001, Elephant Hills is a unique concept offering interactive experiences with the majestic elephants of Thailand, without compromising their welfare. Proud winners of an incredible array of awards, Elephant Hills pride themselves on being both responsible and ethical.

G Adventures introduces the Ripple Score

04 July 2019

Since 1990, G Adventures have positioned themselves as trailblazers of responsible tourism. Alongside their non-profit partner, the Planeterra Foundation, they have established travel practises and philosophies that make the world a better place to explore. The latest step in G Adventures’ commitment to sustainable travel is the introduction of The Ripple Score. 

Sustainability renovations at The Datai Langkawi

08 August 2019

In December of 2018 The Datai Langkawi opened its doors following a substantial renovation project in which a renewed commitment to sustainability was an underpinning corner stone. The renovation aimed to: refresh the resorts look while staying true to itself and existing in harmony with its verdant rainforest surroundings, reduce the environmental footprint of the resort, and protect the surrounding environment.

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort: Living sustainably on an island paradise

08 August 2019

Located on a pristine stretch of white sand on the Andaman Sea and framed by verdant tropical gardens, the Phi Phi island Beach Resort presents guests with a tranquil corner of Thailand where integration with nature is at the heart of everything. This resort’s eco-focussed concept means guests directly help to protect the natural beauty of the island, creating an overriding feel-good experience.

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