Traveling is fun, relaxing, revealing, but in the same time has negative environmental and human impact. Responsibletravel.com is the world’s leading travel agent devoted to responsible and green tourism.
For 12 years, the UK-based site is engaged in changing tourists’ habits and the way they see traveling. Responsibletravel.com facilitates travelers with the access to the best holidays that have the minimum negative impact on the environment, local cultures and economies.
This initiative is extremely useful if we consider the fact that tourism is among the world’s largest industries. Although tourism helps many places to flourish, on the other side, it can seriously affect the environment and the traditional way the local communities live. Responsibletravel.com encourages tourists to discover the world away from the tourist crowds, with the support of locals.
Co-founder and former Body Shop employee, Justin Francis, came up with the wonderful idea while he was having a camp fire conversation with a village headman in Zambia in 2000. Next year, he launched the site with private investors as Body Shop founder and social activist Anita Roddick. At that moment it was actually the first business in the world to talk about responsible travel.
In 2004, Justin Francis founded the world’s first Responsible Tourism Awards, which is now the world’s most prestigious Award scheme for responsible holidays.
For his innovative ideas Justin Francis was named one of The Times 50 most influential people in travel (2006) and one of the Courvoisier Future 500 (2008).
In 2010 it was launched in the US a sister site named responsiblevacantion.com, that has the same goal of encouraging responsible and eco travel.
This year, the most recent commendable initiatives of Responsibletravel.com are the launch of Responsible Travel Guide to California and the removing of orphanage volunteering holidays from the site. Also, the Responsible Tourism Awards have been relaunched as the World Responsible Tourism Awards, with new categories and a People’s Choice Award.
The responsible holidays you can find on Responsibletravel.com do not differ by price from other kind of holidays. Actually, if we take into account the impact it causes, we can say that responsible traveling is the cheapest choice to spend leisure time.
Do you pay attention to the impact you cause when you are traveling?