When we began our journey to establish Green Cultural Travel, we wanted to offer people the opportunity to have amazing experiences, adventures and create memories that last a lifetime.
But, we also wanted to ensure that what we offer is as much as possible sustainable and ethically sound.
What does that mean, and how do we quantify it ?
Rating Your Footprint
So, we began working on our own rating system, looking at the “Footprint” of our products. By its nature, the act of travelling generally has a heavy carbon footprint, and in addition, when you visit a location, you are often using limited resources such as clean water and fresh food.
This use of these precious resources can drive up prices so that it becomes too expensive for the local population.
Every Unique Experience, Tour and Package offered on our Website has been assessed in terms of its footprint. This is the impact — both positive and negative, that your journey makes in terms of the environment, the local community and additional external factors.
To reduce or offset your footprint, we seek wherever possible:
1) To use local service providers such as transport, expert guides and locally owned accommodation where appropriate.
2) Encourage and support our partner-hotels in improving their environmental footprint.
3) Incorporate visits to local community projects that are making a positive impact.
4) Our Foundation is supporting sustainable local projects within the communities our guests visit.
So for example, a locally owned hotel that is undertaking best-practice environmental initiatives will achieve a high score. A chain hotel owned by a multi-national company, even though they are also undertaking the same environmental initiatives, will score less as the profits do not remain within the community.
We have 5 Ratings
We are pleased that we have been able to achieve for the majority of our products a “Light” rating. We are lucky to have the ability to direct our margins back into supporting local community projects as a way to offset your footprint.
You can also help by booking your flights through our Affiliated Partner (look for the link when you are booking your tour or package) and we will take our net commission and invest in a suitable carbon offset project.
As our journey continues we look forward to working with more and more local Expert Partners to bring you amazing experiences that are sustainable and ethically responsible. Or as we like to say:
“Great Journeys Make a Difference”