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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are conscious travel experiences available on our trips. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are chosen with great care based on the positive social or environmental impact they have on their communities and those who experience them.

Using a proprietary assessment tool endorsed by industry experts and developed exclusively for us, MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are assessed against a robust set of criteria directly tied to the UN Global Goals.

These experiences are rated against a set of criteria to identify the ways in which they advance the 11 Global Goals of our sustainability strategy. We’re committed to integrating at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience across 50% of itineraries by 2025.

How are MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences chosen?

Using our Make Travel Matter E-Assessment, travel experiences will be rated against a set of rigorous criteria, selected from the Global Indicator Framework for the Global Goals, in order to identify the ways in which they advance the 11 Global Goals that our sustainability strategy prioritizes. These criteria also account for the educational component of the experience that is vital in helping travelers become aware of their global citizenship. We are committed to integrating at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience across 50% of all itineraries by 2025.

Here are some of the incredible MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences you can do with us to support People, Planet, Wildlife.

People

Respecting local cultures and championing traditional heritage, we work together with the local communities and artisans we visit.

Meet the inspiring women of the Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society, Amman

Make Travel Matter Experience, meeting with the women of Iraq Al-Amir Women's Cooperative Society in Amman

Gain a new perspective on a Berlin walking tour led by a Syrian refugee, Berlin

Make Travel Matter Experience, a Berlin walking tour led by a Syrian refugee, Germany

Explore an urban art gallery unlike any other on the streets of Cascais, Lisbon

Make Travel Matter Experience, exploring an urban art gallery on the streets of Cascais, Lisbon

Learn how to be a Gondilieri with a non-profit organization of passionate female vogatrici, Venice

Make Travel Matter Experience, learning how to be a Gondilieri, Venice

Buy crafts from the Dhonk centre and help turn the tide on tiger poaching, India

Make Travel Matter Experience, buying crafts from the Dhonk centre, India

Visit the COPE centre, a lifeline for those suffering with physical disabilities, Laos

Make Travel Matter, travellers visiting the COPE centre in Laos

Eat at TREE Alliance, a restaurant that trains former street kids in hospitality, Cambodia

Make Travel Matter Experience, eating at TREE Alliance restaurant, Cambodia

Learn about Indigenous heritage art at the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School, Canada

Make Travel Matter, Sarain Fox at the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School, Canada

Use your spare change to help provide bicycle and empower kids with Wheels for Change, USA

Make Travel Matter Experience, Wheels for Change, USA

Visit an indigenous community in Tena & meet their shaman, Ecuador

Make Travel Matter Experience, visiting an indigenous community in Tena, Ecuador

Try your hand at indigenous craft & bush medicine with your Aboriginal hosts from Pudakul, Darwin

Make Travel Matter Experience, discovering indigenous craft and bush medicine with the Aboriginal hosts from Pudakul, Darwin

Discover the ancient living art of Anangu Dot Painting with Maruku Arts, Western Australia

Make Travel Matter Experience, discovering the ancient living art of Anangu Dot Painting with Maruku Arts, Western Australia

Buy a lunch from Eat My Lunch & donate a second lunch to a schoolkid in need, Auckland

Make Travel Matter Experience, buying a lunch from Eat My Lunch and donating a second lunch to a schoolkid in need, Auckland

Help hand out Heart Parcels food to the city’s homeless for an evening, Wellington

Make Travel Matter Experiences, handing out Heart Parcels food to the city’s homeless, Wellington

Let a resident guide you around a side of Cape Town few travelers get to see, at a local township, South Africa

Make Travel Matter Experience, travelling around Cape Town, South Africa

Learn about Tikanga and Kawa, Māori customs and protocols, while staying at a traditional marae, Rotorua

Learn the ways and customs of living in the harsh Namibian landscape at Omandumba Living Museum, Namibia

Make Travel Matter Experience, learning about Tikanga and Kawa, Māori customs and protocols in Rotorua
Make Travel Matter Experience, learning the ways and customs of living in the harsh Namibian landscape at Omandumba Living Museum, Namibia

Planet

Learn how innovative organizations are tackling issues that affect the health of our planet - from reforestation to strengthening sustainable food systems.

Leave your mark by planting 5 trees in the Haukadalur valley, Iceland

Make Travel Matter Experience, Haukadalur Valley, Iceland

See how the Green Bronx machine teaches about sustainable food experiences, USA

Make Travel Matter Experience, the Green Bronx machine teaching about sustainable food experiences, USA

Take 3 for the sea and help keep Bondi Beach free of plastic & litter, Sydney

Make Travel Matter Experience, Take 3 for the Sea, Bondi Beach, Australia

Wildlife

Supporting and educating on ethical animal experiences, we protect the world’s most at risk wildlife from extinction.

Help give rescue elephants a chance at rehabilitation at the Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

Make Travel Matter Experience, visiting rescue elephants at the Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

See baby turtles released into the wild at the Kosgoda Centre, Sri Lanka

Make Travel Matter Experiences, baby turtles released into the wild at the Kosgoda Centre, Sri Lanka

Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Base, China

Make Travel Matter Experience, meeting cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Base, China

Witness baby turtles being released into the wild at the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Costa Rica

Make Travel Matter Experience, Sea Turtle Conservancy, Costa Rica

See how injured and orphaned koalas are recovering at Bungalow Bay sanctuary, Magnetic Island.

Make Travel Matter, koala at Bungalow Bay sanctuary, Magnetic Island

Take a behind the scenes tour of a Kiwi bird conservation & hatching project at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter, Rotorua

Make Travel Matter Experience, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter, Rotorua

Learn how these ProTrack rangers protect the Big Five from poaching, South Africa

Meet rescued baby elephants being rehabilitated at David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Kenya

Make Travel Matter Experience, meeting the ProTrack rangers who protect the Big Five from poaching, South Africa
Make Travel Matter Experience, meeting rescued baby elephants being rehabilitated at David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Kenya

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