travel for good
About us
Blog
Careers
   tanya@untravel.com

un[travel] with a positive impact

arrow

With A Mission To Transform The Way We Travel

What is the only way for people to actively contribute towards a community and the environment? The answer is 'Travel'. Only by means of travel, does an individual attain a first-hand narrative of how the ecology is affected and how communities suffer as a result of depleting resources, over-tourism and unsustainable practices. At un[travel], our aim is to create travel experiences that not only impacts the community and ecology in a positive manner but also are educative enough so as to turn a regular tourist into a conscious traveller - an un[traveller].

The impact trips we offer are high on cultural exchanges, community benefit and low on waste production and CO2 emission. We work closely with local partners and vendors dedicated to the cause of sustainable tourism. Employing locally and using local resources means that our partners are contributing towards development of the local community. They help us plan eco-conscious holidays while preserving the ecology of the area by using sustainable means and regulating tourism.

Holidays That Make An Impact

Take a holiday that has minimal effects on the environment and helps in local community development. Be an un[traveller]

How To Make Your Travel Responsible

Everything about travel is good, but all the resources we use up in travelling affects the ecosystem. Yes, travel does bring in money but if we use resources in an unsustainable manner, no amount of money will replenish it. Here's what positive impact travel is all about:

  • Using natural resources wisely
  • Reducing Carbon Footprint
  • Staying at Eco-Accommodations
  • Buying Locally
  • Respecting Local Culture
  • Travelling in Small Groups

Aligning With United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations came up with a set of goals known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by the year 2030. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

  • no-poverty
  • no-hunger
  • good health
  • quality-education
  • gender-equality
  • clean water
  • renewable-energy
  • good-jobs
  • innovation and infrastructure
  • reduced-inequality
  • sustainable-cities and communities
  • responsible consumption
  • climate-action
  • life below water
  • life on land
  • peace and justice
  • partnership for goals
  • the global goals

Our impact trips are aligned with the UN SDGs to make sure that you travel sustainably while helping the local communities and minimising the effects on the environment.

  • no-poverty

SDG 1 - NO POVERTY

As one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world, tourism is well-positioned to foster economic growth and development at all levels and provide income through job creation.

Sustainable tourism development, and its impact at community level, can be linked with national poverty reduction goals, those related to promoting entrepreneurship and small businesses, and empowering less favoured groups, particularly youth and women.

SDG 2 - ZERO HUNGER

Tourism can spur sustainable agriculture by promoting the production and supplies to hotels, and sales of local products to tourists. Agro-tourism can generate additional income while enhancing the value of the tourism experience.

SDG 3 - GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Tax income generated from tourism can be reinvested in health care and services, improving maternal health, reduce child mortality and preventing diseases. Visitors fees collected in protected areas can as well contribute to health services.

SDG 5 - GENDER EQUALITY

Tourism can empower women, particularly through the provision of direct jobs and income-generation from SMEs in tourism and hospitality related enterprises. Tourism can be a tool for women to become fully engaged and lead in every aspect of society.

SDG 7 - AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

As a sector, which is energy intensive, tourism can accelerate the shift towards increased renewable energy shares in the global energy mix. By promoting investments in clean energy sources, tourism can help to reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate climate change and contribute to access of energy for all.

SDG 8 - DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Tourism, as services trade, is one of the top four export earners globally, currently providing one in ten jobs worldwide. Decent work opportunities in tourism, particularly for youth and women, and policies that favour better diversification through tourism value chains can enhance tourism positive socio-economic impacts.

SDG 10 - REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Tourism can be a powerful tool for reducing inequalities if it engages local populations and all key stakeholders in its development. Tourism can contribute to urban renewal and rural development by giving people the opportunity to prosper in their place of origin.

Tourism serves as an effective mean for economic integration and diversification.

SDG 11 - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Tourism can advance urban infrastructure and accessibility, promote regeneration and preserve cultural and natural heritage, assets on which tourism depends.

Investment in green infrastructure (more efficient transport, reduced air pollution) should result in smarter and greener cities for, not only residents but also tourists.

SDG 12 - RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

The tourism sector needs to adopt sustainable consumption and production (SCP) modes, accelerating the shift towards sustainability. Tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for tourism including for energy, water, waste, biodiversity and job creation will result in enhanced economic, social and environmental outcomes.

SDG 13 - CLIMATE ACTION

Tourism contributes to and is affected by climate change. Tourism stakeholders should play a leading role in the global response to climate change. By reducing its carbon footprint, in the transport and accommodation sector, tourism can benefit from low carbon growth and help tackle one of the most pressing challenges of our time.