Responsible Travel

Responsible travel is what gets us out of bed in the morning – it’s what drives the Beyond Tourism Co. and has done since the beginning. However it’s not really a well-known concept yet, so what exactly is it? Below you can find out more about our take on responsible travel, what we do to make our holidays responsible and how you can get involved.

What Is Responsible Travel?

For us, it means a form of tourism that maximizes the positive effects of travel while minimizing its negative impacts. It ensures that the cultures and natural environments of our destinations continue to flourish.

Our Philosophy

We’ve always believed that tourism can be a powerful force for good. The right kind of tourism can create social, economic and environmental benefits and provide an alternative that keeps destructive development, like fossil fuels or palm oil, at bay. For us, responsible travel is not a nice add-on, it’s absolutely what we’re all about.

We also believe that making tourism responsible shouldn’t be at the expense of travellers’ enjoyment. Apart from anything else, holidays that are more worthy than fun make it hard to ensure bookings and a steady and sustainable income - a problem that has dogged community-based tourism in particular for a long time.

Responsible travel shouldn’t limiting, it should take you on an adventure and inspire you whilst still being comfortable, flexible and seamlessly-run.

We seek out unforgettable experiences that bring tangible benefits to local people but crucially also enhance your holiday. We look for “win-win” ways to travel, immersing you in authentic experiences that mutually benefit locals and visitors. We aim for “once-in-a-lifetime” and all the other superlatives people grasp for when trying to describe a magical holiday.

It’s here that the magic of travel happens, when you leave everyday life behind and embrace the unfamiliar. Here we can help open the hearts and minds of both hosts and visitors and create meaningful connections that are the basis of a more tolerant and sustainable future for everyone.

We believe responsible tourism is the future of travel. We want to see a world where all tourism is a positive experience for travellers and locals alike and as a tour operator, we are in a unique position to influence the choice of consumers, the practices of suppliers and the development of destinations. By demonstrating that responsible holidays are simply a better way to travel, we hope to help make that world a reality.

Our Policies

If you’d like to read more about our responsible travel policies and what we do specifically, please click on the headings below. We’re constantly thinking about this and trying to improve our impact, so there’s a fair amount of detail to get your teeth into if you want to, but if you have a question that’s not covered please do ask!

Hotels
Conservation and Animal Welfare
Communities
Responsible Experiences
Guides and Drivers
Overtourism
Water, Rubbish and Plastic
Climate Change

What You Can Do

By booking a holiday with us, you’ve already taken a big step towards being a responsible traveller. We’ve designed our trips to create as many positive impacts as possible, so just by being there you are already helping out in lots of ways.

But there are also things you can do that will make your holiday more fun, unique and rewarding and help you be welcomed a guest and not just a visitor. Please consider the following tips and feel free to ask us if you have any questions about responsible travel in general or in relation to your holiday.

Respect Cultural Differences
Child Protection
Consumer Behaviour
Respect the Environment
Wildlife and Natural Areas