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.
How you can help with India’s Covid crisis
It’s not hard to find articles about why India needs help, so we’ll cut straight to the resources we’ve compiled, mostly suggested by our Indian friends.
- Ketto.org – Indian online crowdfunding platform
- Milaap – support Indian hospitals
- Impact Guru – to procure oxygen
- Akshaya Patra – cooked meals & grocery services
- Hemkunt Foundation – NGO for humanitarian aid
- The Hope Foundation – COVID emergency response
- GiveIndia – support COVID missions
- This guide has links to 15 vetted & verified organizations
- A plethora of other links/organizations
- Caution: Do NOT donate to the PM Care fund.
Disclaimer: We have not individually reviewed each of these recommendations. We aren’t endorsing any specific organization. We’re sharing this in the hopes that it’s helpful and actionable, but as always, use your own judgment.
“India’s deadly Covid-19 second wave has devastated big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Pune. Hospitals and crematoriums have run out of space, and funerals are taking place in car parks. But the pandemic has now firmly gripped many smaller cities, towns and villages where the devastation is largely under-reported.” – BBC News
1. For travelers
Assistance at your fingertips to help you be a responsible tourist.
What’s your baseline understanding of the carbon footprint of tourism?
Free Packing List
This sustainable packing list is downloadable, reusable, and checkboxable. More than just a list – it explains why items are sustainable, too.
Pack for a Purpose
Save some space in your luggage to bring welcomed items to communities in your destination.
Find special destinations that have one or more “green” awards or certifications.
This environmentally-friendly company can help you with visas, passports, and other types of travel documents.
Tap into our Earthsiders community to be the first to find out about new trips, receive exclusive discount codes, and more.
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.
B Corp Certification
Obtaining B Corp certification shows you want to use business for good and balance purpose with profit.
Global Sustainable Tourism Council
The GTSC’s hub for tour operators could inspire new actions for your company.
Join a growing number of tour operators, destinations, travel associations, and more in becoming more sustainable.
Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency
Develop a climate action plan, publicly share your commitment, cut carbon emissions, work together, and advocate for change.
List of Sustainable Tourism Certifications
We’ve compiled a list of certifications, groups, and associations connected to sustainable travel.
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.
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.
Sustainable Travel Report
Booking.com publishes a report collating feedback from over 18K travelers in over 18 different markets. It’s a helpful pulse on trends and preferences.
Travel Advisories by Country
Check country-specific travel restrictions and advisories according to the US government.
Demystifying Carbon Offsets
The Impact Travel Alliance hosted a fantastic 50-minute webinar about carbon offsets. Perfect if you’re new to this!
101 Sustainable Ideas
A goldmine of various projects working towards “better tourism” and aligning travel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Tourism workforce is 54% female
Visit our blog for insightful posts about destinations, experiences, travel tips, and more – all through the lens of sustainability.
Resources to help you offset your carbon footprint from traveling.
Curious how we screen our sustainable tour operators? Check this page out to see our process of inviting companies to join our platform.