Sustainability

Responsible travel is at the heart of our travel experiences

“No one will protect what they don't care about;
and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”

- David Attenborough -

 

As we all know, international travel and tourism was brought to its knees during the Covid pandemic. Witnessing images of clearer skies and re-emerging flora and fauna in once overcrowded tourist centres showed how uncontrolled tourism has devastated natural landscapes, polluted our water bodies, contributed to climate change and neglected local communities. This is a wake-up call to those of us who work in the industry as well as to avid travellers like you and me.

Travel The Unknown was set up with the main purpose of taking our clients off the beaten track, alleviating pressure off over-crowded places and providing much-needed income for poorer communities in other regions. However, we know there is always room for improvement, which is why we are extremely serious about not just talking about sustainability but genuinely building it at the heart of our business and all our tours.

We fully recognise that travel needs to be fun, engaging, immersive, enlightening, educational, and allow us to introspect and confront our own preconceptions of people and places. We can achieve all of this and be responsible travellers at the same time.

Please read on for more information about our sustainable travel journey.

GSTC Membership

As founder of Travel The Unknown and to drive change within our business and along our supply chain, I took it upon myself to enhance my own knowledge and commitment to sustainable tourism. I completed the Sustainable Tourism course run by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) - the world-leading authority on sustainable tourism. I have since passed the exam and been awarded the Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism - so I am now ‘qualified’ to develop and implement viable sustainable tourism solutions. Travel The Unknown are now also members of the GSTC, which means we will contribute to and stay abreast of the latest developments in sustainable tourism.
 
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