Sustainability Resources


Helping you be a more responsible traveler

This is your sustainability home base.

Ahh… everything in one place

Treat this as a directory to help you on your sustainable travel journey.

1. For Travelers

Take a quiz, get packing tips, books, & travel documents, find a sustainable destination, get specific travel advice, & more.

For Travelers

2. For Tour Operators

Declare a climate emergency, discover different certifications (B Corp, Travelife, GSTC), and find inspiration for new ways to be sustainable.

For Tour Operators

3. For Everyone

A glossary of sustainable travel terms, data (dashboards & reports), travel advisories, a carbon offset webinar, and other green ideas.

For Everyone

 

1. For travelers

Assistance at your fingertips to help you be a responsible tourist.

Sustainability simplified.

Pop Quiz

What’s your baseline understanding of the carbon footprint of tourism? This quiz from Sustainable Travel International will tes you!

Take Quiz

Free Packing List

Our sustainable packing list is downloadable, reusable, and checkboxable. More than just a list – it explains why items are sustainable, too.

Download Now

Travel Books

We’ve curated sustainable travel books, as well as books that inspire us to travel! See our lists on Bookshop.org – a benefit corporation. Affiliate partner.

Let’s Read

Green Destinations

Find special destinations that have one or more “green” awards or certifications, as designated by Green Destinations, a non profit foundation.

Discover Destinations

Pack for a Purpose

Save some space in your luggage to bring welcomed items to communities in your destination. This initiative is run by Pack for a Purpose, a 501(c)3 non profit company.

Get Packing

Travel Documents

As featured on BBC, iVisa can help you with visas, passports, health documents, travel requirements, and more. Affiliate partner.

Get your Visa Approved

Be an Anti-Racist Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler has put together this must-read list of questions to ask yourself to be a more mindful traveler.

Be Anti-Racist

Sustainable Travel Apps

GLP Films has compiled a list of eight wonderful travel apps that can help you be more sustainable on the go.

See the Apps

Community

Tap into our private, free Earthsiders community to ask us your specific sustainable travel questions, receive exclusive discount codes, and more.

Join Us

2. For tour operators

Maybe you’re already super sustainable, or maybe you’re just getting started. Here are some tools to help you continue to improve.

Keep raising the bar.

Good Tourism Institute

The GTI is ready to support tour operators in their quest to become even more sustainable. 

Download their free e-book

B Corp Certification

Obtaining B Corp certification shows you want to use business for good and balance purpose with profit.

Free online assessment

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

The GTSC’s hub for tour operators could inspire new actions for your company.

Visit the portal

Travelife Certification

Join a growing number of tour operators, destinations, travel associations, and more in becoming more sustainable.

Learn more

Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Develop a climate action plan, publicly share your commitment, cut carbon emissions, work together, and advocate for change.

How to declare

List of Sustainable Tourism Certifications

We’ve compiled a list of certifications, groups, and associations connected to sustainable travel. 

 See the list 

3. For everyone

A little extra helpful info for those of you who are really committed!

Keep these links handy.

50+ Sustainable Tourism Terms

Rooted has tons of resources for both travelers and tour operators. We love their handy guide of terms to help us keep all the definitions straight.

Get the free glossary

Tourism Data Dashboard

If you love analytics, head to the UN World Tourism Organization’s dashboard covering all kinds of industry metrics. If you need even more research & data, check out their vast e-library.

Take me to the dashboard

Sustainable Travel Report

Booking.com publishes a report collating feedback from over 20K travelers in over 22 different markets. It’s a helpful pulse on trends and preferences.

See the most recent (2020) report

Travel Advisories by Country

Check country-specific travel restrictions and advisories according to the US government.

Check a destination

Demystifying Carbon Offsets

The Impact Travel Alliance hosted a fantastic 50-minute webinar about carbon offsets. Perfect if you’re new to this!

Watch now

101 Sustainable Ideas

A goldmine of various projects working towards “better tourism” and aligning travel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Browse the list

Tourism Facts

1 in 10

Supports 1 in 10 jobs

10%

Contributes 10% to global GDP

60-80%

Global tourism decline in 2020

54%

Tourism workforce is 54% female

Earthsider Blog

Visit our blog for insightful posts about destinations, experiences, travel tips, and more – all through the lens of sustainability.

See the blog

Climate Impact

Resources to help you offset or remove your carbon footprint from traveling.

Learn more

Evaluating Partners

Curious how we vet our sustainable tour operators? Check this page out to see our process of inviting companies to join our platform.

Read more

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