8 Companies Helping You Travel More Sustainably - Full-Time Travel

8 Companies Helping You Travel More Sustainably

8 Travel Companies Helping You Explore More Sustainably   

As any travel-lover knows, a single trip can have a profoundly positive impact on our lives. In return, shouldn’t we also endeavor to have a positive impact on the places we visit? With a little conscious effort it’s easier than you think. Peruse our round-up of sustainability focused travel companies and planet-positive tools, and make your next trip one you can feel good about on every level. 

Kind Traveler 

Before you plug your search criteria into one of the usual hotel booking sites, consider giving Kind Traveler a whirl. Dubbed “the world's first socially conscious Give + Get hotel booking and media platform,” Kind Traveler invites you to donate $10 per night to a local charity within the destination. In exchange, you unlock discounts and perks at the hotel, making it a win all around. Right now Kind Traveler is heavily U.S. focused, but the company also has partner hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Belize, Italy, Paris, Guatemala and Thailand. 

G Adventures

G Adventures takes a holistic approach to sustainable travel, which starts with its north star concept: community tourism. Every G Adventures tour is based on meaningful relationships with local communities, but its commitment to social, ethical and environmental good doesn’t stop there; the company’s policies span animal welfare, respect for indigenous cultures, non-profit partnerships and providing each traveler with a Ripple Score (a transparent indication denoting what proportion of their money has stayed in the local community). 

Much Better Adventures

Inspired by the connection between adventure travel, sustainability and environmental activism, the founders of Much Better Adventures set out to build a travel company based on planet-friendly practices. When you book a small-group trip to one of the world’s wildest and most scenic places (think: desert hiking in Canyonlands National Park, kayaking and camping in the Norwegian fjords or adventure cycling in Jordan) you are directly supporting local guides and their conservation efforts. What’s more, five percent of Much Better Adventures’ revenues go towards conservation, reforestation and rewilding. 

Read our interview with Much Better Adventures co-founder Sam Bruce >>

Village Ways

If India, Nepal or Bhutan have been on your bucket list for ages, check out the 2022 trips offered by Village Ways – a travel company that provides low-impact tourism to rural regions in all three destinations. You get to experience the slow pace, unspoiled scenery and welcoming atmosphere of small villages while also bringing much-needed economic support to the communities who live there. It’s a rare travel experience that fosters the kind of genuine connection many visitors miss out on – the kind that makes a trip truly special. 

Giving Way 

Though trips with an element of voluntourism can be incredibly meaningful and impactful, it’s a bit of a minefield picking a reputable organization – one that creates sustainable positive change in partnership with the local community. Giving Way vets organizations and cuts out any exploitative middlemen, putting the traveler directly in contact with nonprofits so they can find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for them. 

Rocky Mountaineer

If you’ve resolved to reduce the amount of flights you take each year, it’s time you knew about Rocky Mountaineer – an environmentally conscious, luxury rail company. Rocky Mountaineer invites guests to soak up panoramic views of one of the world’s most awe-inducing mountain ranges (the Rockies, of course) from its glass-dome coaches while enjoying wine and regional cuisine. Behind the scenes the award-winning company is taking measures to protect wildlife, honour local cultures, and create positive impact among the communities its trains pass through, from the mountain lakes of Banff to the red rocks of Moab. 


Intrepid has been making strides in sustainability since before it was on the mainstream radar. In 2010, the company officially reached carbon-neutral status. Ten years later, it committed to a seven-point climate emergency plan and became the first global tour operator with verifiable science-based targets for reducing environmental impact. You can’t go wrong with a trip from Intrepid, one of travel's most trusted names.

Elevate Destinations

“Travel has the power to transform lives and landscapes” – that’s the ethos of Elevate Destinations, a trip planning agency dedicated to creating a culture of caring. Travelers work with an expert to create their dream itinerary, which always incorporates three things: meaningful connection with locals, proactive conservation, and luxury lodge accommodation with purpose. Elevate Destinations is also dedicated to the democratization of travel, so for every trip booked, local youth will get taken on a free expedition to see historical and cultural points of interest in their own country. 

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

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Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

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Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

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Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

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For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

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There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

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1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

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Imagine getting caught in the rain while kayaking at one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Known for its stunning turquoise-colored lake, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is home to diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, elk, and moose.

Reel: @reneeroaming