What better way to celebrate our beautiful planet than by getting inspiration for ethical travel. This awesome group of people are taking a stand in the way they do business, and are here today to share their thoughts on what responsible tourism means for our earth. Make sure you check out their sites and follow them on Instagram to give your feed a quick injection of ethical + awesome.
Ian Ord of Where Sidewalks End
“Responsible tourism is just about being a responsible human being. Looking after our planet is looking after our neighbours and our own backyard. Without responsible practices in place and followed, the Earth will not be able to sustain us much longer!”
Where Sidewalks End is where the adventure begins! Ian and his expert team lead tours through Thailand and Cambodia that work with ethical companies to ensure they have a positive impact anywhere they visit. He’s also known for offering one of the coolest and most unique tattoo experiences you can get. Follow him on Instagram here and remember WSE when you’re headed to SEA.
Alexandre Tsuk of BookGreener
A man of few words, he gives us all a challenge we can accept on our next vacation: “dare to care!” Like his site name suggests, he’s making it easier for everyone who travels to book greener accommodation and have big adventures with a smaller impact.
Jeremy Smith, Travindy
This is one of my favorite responsible tourism websites! To Jeremy, responsible travel means “better places for people to live. Better places for people to visit. It is important to put the emphasis on a place’s inhabitants before its visitors.” If you’re looking for deeper information on what responsible tourism means and everything it encompasses this should be your first stop.
Travindy is the leading website reporting on innovations, insights and issues shaping a truly sustainable future for tourism. Don’t wait, go there now, or follow them on Facebook to give your stream an intelligent, responsible upgrade.
Laura Kate from Grassroots Nomad
Here’s her take on being a responsible tourism blogger and advocate “For me responsible tourism is about experiencing and enjoying cultures and environments in a way that will let future generations have the same experiences.” Check out Grassroots Nomad for helpful tips, honest reviews, and inspirational stories to help you travel more responsibly and engage with communities. Her Instagram alone is like a mini world tour.
Michael Miszczak of Just a Pack
Michael believes that responsible tourism can help preserve the beauty, wonder, and mystery of unknown horizons…for ourselves, and for future generations. And he’s doing an amazing job of helping travelers from all budgets and backgrounds to have huge experiences with little impact. Don’t believe responsible tourism on a budget can be beautiful? Check out these jaw-dropping pics on their Instagram.
Paul Farrugia from Global Help Swap
Ever the minimalist, Paul’s answer cuts to the chase. “Responsible Tourism showcases Earth without damaging it.” And if you head to their site, you can score the 33 top travel tips for responsible travelers now, and of course, their Instagram is chock full of gorgeous and ethical travel pics.
Lauren Elizabeth from Justin Plus Lauren
She puts it succinctly: “Responsible Tourism means seeing the incredible beauty of our planet, leaving as little footprint as possible.” Be sure to check out their Instagram for drool inducing vegan pics and dreamy scenes.
Diana Edelman of d travels ’round
Diana’s co-founder of the Responsible Tourism Travel Collective and talks about responsible tourism so much she’s dialed it down to two letters. “RT means keeping places, cultures and living things intact so future generations may experience them as well. It’s observation without impacting.” Her Instagram is home to everything from cats on a leash to vegan vegas, check it out!
Cody and Giselle of MindfulWanderlust
Cody and Giselle are two awesome people who share so much of their life online that it’s impossible not to feel like you know them. They’re the good influence with an edge that every friend circle needs. And they want you to know just why they take such a stand to preserve our planet.
“Responsible tourism for our earth is about staying connected to the reason why we travel. For us, our aim is to experience the wonder and beauty of the planet, connect with people, and begin to understand that we all share in the responsibility. We must become aware of our travel habits, and change them to align with the health of our planet. Our travel choices have an effect on the economy, environment, culture, and lives of the people, and animals of every country we visit. We choose to have a positive effect.”
With a set of beliefs like that, it’s hard not to want to check them out, and their Instagram is a great place to start.
Suzanne Van Der Veeken from Destination Xploration
If responsible tourism is on your list of things to explore a great starting point is this post by that lists 70 ways you can be more conscious of your effect on the earth while traveling by Suzanne, who says “ responsible tourism means tourism to enhance a place, community or destination so that in dozens years of time, not only us humans but everyone in the animal kingdom can still happily live and flourish, nurtured by earth.“
Well there you have it, ten amazing people who are making the travel industry a better place for all, including our planet. Remember these sites next time you’re researching a destination and the earth will thank you!
Huge thank you to everyone for taking the time to contribute to this post, and to Madalin for his beautiful photos. Of course, if you’re looking for sustainable and vegan adventures you can find me on Instagram too where I share everything from eco-luxury to the absurd. Happy Earth Day everyone!