24 July 2019
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, 43% of you said that sustainable travel is one of the factors you consider when choosing a holiday however nearly half of people surveyed also outlined that not understanding what sustainable travel is was their biggest barrier that prevents them from considering it.
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.