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Responsible Travel

A Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Travel

"In my opinion, traveling ethically and pleasurably inherently go hand in hand. Whether you're spending money at an eco-resort in Dominica that funds sea turtle conservation initiatives, buying handmade products directly from indigenous craftsmen in the remote Peruvian Amazon, or exploring a place like the Galapagos Islands, where a portion of your money goes to keeping the place pristine for future generations, there's nothing better than knowing your tourism dollars are doing something good for the planet. The once-in-a-lifetime experiences you tend to have in these situations are really the icing on the cake, ensuring travel memories you'll never forget!" —Brett Love, host of the highly recommended responsible travel website Green Global Travel.

 Responsible Travel Programs and Ecotourism by Region
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 Featured Responsible Travel Programs and Ecotours
Volunteering in Europe European Volunteer Adventures!
GoEco offers a diverse selection of wildlife, humanitarian and environmental projects in Europe. You have the opportunity to choose among several exciting initiatives in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic and the UK! Whether you’re interested in sea turtle conservation or a hospitality internship, you can expect the volunteer experience of a lifetime!
Animal Rescue in Galapagos with Lead Advenures Volunteer in Ecuador and the Galapagos with Lead Adventures
Interested in helping to rehabilitate the endangered wildlife, rather than looking at animals from far away or on TV? This program will give you exactly what you want. As local experts we offer you the chance of a lifetime—3 different animal rescue centers in only 4 weeks! Explore the Amazon Rainforest, the Andes Highlands and the Coast of Ecuador while helping in the rescue centers of each region. This one-of-a-kind program also offers you a one-day training of animal handling before starting your adventure. Get involved without emptying your pocket!

 Responsible Travel and Ecotourism Advisor
Educational Travel: Ethics and Pleasure How Travel Can Change the World: One Journey at a Time by Dr. Jessica Voigts
Experienced travelers and experts illustrate and largely agree that in travel there is a false choice between ethics and pleasure.
Practical Eco Traveler How to be an Eco Traveler: 20 No-Nonsense Tips
As exponents of responsible travel since 1977, we cut through the sometimes excessive hype and jargon to get to the core of what is involved in being conscientious yet practical eco travelers.
Eco-friendly travel Eco-Friendly Travel: Savings for You and the Planet by Tim Leffel
Some very simple and responsible steps can help you save money while helping to minimize negative impacts on the natural word we all share.
Cuban man playing guitar Ethical Travel: Voting With Our Wings by Jeff Greenwald
The executive director of EthicalTraveler.org describes the methodology used to select the "The World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations" every year, and why they are chosen.
Photo of violinist 8 Tips for Culturally Sensitive Photography by Jim Kane
Take travel photographs capturing the essence of the native people at the moment, without being culturally insensitive, invasive or offensive.
10 Ways to Travel Abroad Authentically 10 Ways to Experience a Culture Authentically While Traveling by Jonathon Engels
For many fellow travelers, “experiencing another culture,” means something far different from visiting museums, archeological ruins, and national monuments. While trying to visit the Pyramids and Colosseums of the world, these ancient icons do little in the way of illuminating the culture in another country...
Wildlife How to Volunteer to Protect Wildlife Responsibly by Amy E. Robertson
How to find a responsible volunteer program to protect wildlife while you are overseas.
Turtle How to Find a Responsible Voluntourism Experience Overseas by Amy E. Robertson
5 key steps to finding a responsible voluntourism experience by an author very experienced in volunteering and evaluating programs.
Educational Travel and Pleasure Simple Steps to Vacations and Travel with Purpose by Amy E. Robertson
How to enjoy and create purpose in your travels while meeting and contributing financially to the local community. Travels with purpose is another way of describing a form of responsible tourism.
Small Group Travel A Realistic Guide to Small Group Travel by Stephanie Dyson
If you are considering an responsible tour to an otherwise inaccessible location, here is a guide to let you know what to expect.
Organic farming abroad Permaculture Jobs, Sustainable Living and Endless Travel by Jonathon Engels
Over the past decade, there has been an enormous growth in interest and activities relating to permaculture jobs as a means of farming abroad, sustainable living, and the endless travel this enables.
Central America Honduras locals
                        How to Connect Locally while Traveling Internationally: Budget-Friendly Destinations in Central America by Amy E. Robertson
How to visit budget destinations in Central America while connecting to the local people and culture
Nicholas Kristof A Path Appears Responsible Travel Handbook
A 2 megabyte PDF by various authors, many who have written from Transitions Abroad as well as guest contributions, discussing many important evergreen issues relating to Responsible Travel, and produced by Ron Mader and Sherry Schwartz.
Going Global: Responsible Trave Going Local: Travel Tools and a Travel Philosophy from Nicholas Kontis by Amy E. Robertson
Transitions Abroad reviews and discusses Nicholas Kontis' new book, Going Local, and the author's responsible travel philosophy. Transitions Abroad has been a trailblazing advocate for responsible travel and finds in Nicholas Kontis' book a very interesting and good read.
Nicholas Kristof A Path Appears A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Community
An Interview with Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof discusses an important new book cowritten with his wife, "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Community," with John Dwyer and TransitionsAbroad.com. Nicholas goes on to discuss related issues such as volunteering abroad, and other ways individuals can make a positive impact around the world in terms of changing lives and tackling huge issues of inequality.
Good Travel is Thoughtful Travel by Rick Steves
Travel Responsibly and Give the World a Break by Rick Steves
Defining Ecotourism and Responsible Tourism by Ron Mader
Responsible Travel and Ecotourism: The Big Picture A Conversation with Ron Mader And Deborah McLaren
Sustainable Travel and Responsible Tourism An Interview with Deborah McLaren
Sustainable Travel and Study Abroad by Astrid Jirka
Responsible Travel in Action: Helping to Preserve Endangered Species and Ecosystems by Volker Poelzl
Transitions Abroad and at Home: Moving from Aggression to Peacekeeping, From Consumption to Fair Sharing by Rob Sangster
Ecotourism Guidelines: How to Choose the Organizations and Businesses You Support by Dianne Brause
Why Giving Matters by Tim Leffel
Educational Travel as a Model for Responsible Tourism by Shoshanna Sumka
 Responsible Travel and Ecotourism Participant Reports from Latin America
Sustainable Mexican tourism A More Sustainable Face of Mexican Tourism by Tim Leffel
Some sustainable tours in Mexico for those who wish to explore regions of the country without taking a generic package.
Responsible volunteering in Peru 25 Responsible Volunteering Opportunities in Peru by Aviv Hochbaum
A summary of opportunities in Peru where you can volunteer with nonprofits doing good work and with the money flowing directly into the community.
Guatemalan Eco-lodge Vacationing or Volunteering in an Eco-Friendly Guatemalan Mountain Lodge by Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior Contributing Editor
Imagine waking up to the first rays of sunshine casting their spell on smoke puffing volcanoes and a lush valley just in front of you. And then realizing where you actually are: in a comfortable, rustic king size bed inside a secluded, window-walled tree house, with a hammock waiting for you on a private deck, your own bathroom with a hot shower just down the stairs, and a message pinned on the wall: "Welcome! This tree house is built into the oak tree. If the wind is strong, it will sway a little bit..."
Dominican eco lodge Seeing the Real Dominican Republic: A Stay at Tubagua Eco Lodge by Lebawit Lily Girma
An illustrated description of an off-the-beaten path stay at a magnificent and award-winning eco lodge in the Dominican Republic, far from the usual all-inclusive beach resorts.
Saving the Galapagos Man vs. Man: Saving the Galapagos by Tim Leffel
A story how the government and locals worked together to manage the ravages of tourism using green energy and other more responsible alternatives.
Macaws in Costa Rica Ecotourism and Volunteer Conservation Work in Costa Rica Monitoring Wild-Release Macaws
by Theodore G. Manno
How to Practice Responsible Travel and Ecotourism in Mexico and Central America by Ron Mader
Xochimilco Gardens: Tourism Maintains Jobs for Thousands of Worker by Ron Mader
Responsible Shopping at the Markets of Oaxaca by Ron Mader
Mayan Community Tours Enrich a Visit to Mexico's Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve by Alison Gardner
Honoring Tradition in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the Day of the Dead by Jim Kane
Tenjapa Homecoming in Mexico by Jim Kane
Rafting to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica: Indulge in a Sustainable Adventure by Katherine McIntyre
Rural Community Tourism—Costa Rican Style: Get to Know the People, Their Culture, and Their Environment
A Sustainable Vacation: Nicaragua’s Selva Negra Combines Old and New
Travel in Honduras, Naturally by Terry Redding
A Day in the Life of a Mayan Village: Community  Tourism in Guatemala by Volker Poelzl
Responsible Travel in Belize: Treasures in Culture and Nature by Volker Poelzl
The Coca Plant Paradox: A Simple Little Leaf With a Complicated History in South America by Tim Leffel
Galapagos Islands: Fragile and Fabulous by Alison Gardner
Saving Machu Picchu by Tim Leffel
Living Festivals: Getting Into the Local Spirit by Jim Kane
Preserving Peru’s Textile Tradition by Jim Kane
Visiting Rio de Janeiro's Favelas by Jim Kane
Discover Guatemala's Richness Through its People and Rituals by Jim Kane
Eco-Volunteer in Argentina with GAIA
Responsible Travel in Brazil: The Race to Save the Amazon by Volker Poelzl
Travel to Study the Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil by Marsha Johnston
Trekking in Patagonia: Explore Argentina's Pristine Mountains and Support Native Communities by Volker Poelzl
Preserving the Flora and Fauna at Iguassu: Border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay by Isabel Eva Bohrer
Trinidad's Back Roads: A Sustainable Ecotourism Destination by Alison Gardner
 Responsible Travel and Ecotourism Participant Reports From Europe
Escape the Prague Tourists to These 7 Top Czech Destinations By Tim Leffel
Preserving Greece's Samos Island: Adventure Sports Tourism May Help Sustain the Environment and Economy
Learn How to Make the Desert Green in Spain with Sunseed Desert Trust
Cultural Immersion in Poland: Connecting with the Local People
Agro and Ecotourism in Romania: Discover Village Life and Assist in its Preservation
 Responsible Travel and Ecotourism Participant Reports From Asia and Australasia
An Elephant Escape: South India Elephant Sanctuaries Double as Eco-Lodges and Learning Centers by Deborah McLaren 
Travel to Bhutan: The Land of the Thunder Dragon
Beyond Ecotourism in the High Himalyas with Crooked Trails
Harvest the Himalayas with the Ladakh Farm Project, an Ecological Program
Ecotourism in a Southern Province of Thailand: Libong's Bounty
Wwoofing in Japan: Cultural Immersion Through Volunteer Vacations
How to Visit Burma: Why Traveling to the Country May be in the People's Best Interest
Unspoiled Laos: With Barriers Down, Responsible Travelers Are Warmly Welcome
Australia's Eco-Island by Alison Gardner
Experiencing Australia: Conservation Groups Welcome Volunteers by Susan Griffith
Preserve Rainforests in Australia by Anselm Bradford 
 Responsible Travel and Ecotourism Participant Reports From Africa
Zimbabwe elephant Why Zimbabwe is the Best Safari Destination for Ethical Travelers by Rebecca Shapiro
Zimbabwe is undergoing a positive transformation, and is now home to many great ethical safari companies who provide much-needed income to locals while protecting the animals and land.
Safari in Botswana Journey Botswana: New Safaris Are Lessons in Ecology by Rob Sangster
Gorillas in Uganda Gorilla Conservation in Uganda: Volunteering with the Peace Corps by Thor Hanson
Working as a volunteer to ensure the responsible care of an endangered species.
Rural ecotourism in Morocco Rural Tourism in Morocco: Women’s Cooperative Promotes Development by Nicole Perkins
The agan tree in Morocco is used by a women's cooperative to develop opportunities for the local economy.
Budget safaris in Namibia Namibian Camping Safaris: Budget-Priced Community-Based Nature Tourism by Anne Loxton
Letter from Ethiopia by Clay Hubbs
Journey Botswana: New Safaris are a Lesson in a Ecology by Robert Powell Sangster
Nature Travel in Ghana, West Africa's Threshold
Rural Tourism in Morocco: Women's Cooperative Promotes Development
Volunteer Abroad with GO ECO
Volunteer Abroad with CCS
Adventure travel in Ecuador with Lead Adventures
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