Sustainable Travel

I believe where we travel, why we travel, how we travel, and
what we do during our trip and when we return all have the
ability to effect positive change in the world.

my view of Machu Picchu

my view of Machu Picchu

TravelDragon, The Dragon’s Path and the companies I consult with encourage responsible tourism by selecting and supporting providers and partners throughout the world who have made conscious commitments on integrating sustainable travel practices throughout their businesses.

For consumers, the process finding high quality sustainable travel providers can be overwhelming and challenging particularly in terms of the many touch points of travel. I will make every effort to ensure featured companies follow guidelines established by industry leaders in the field…these leaders may focus on tour operations, LEED certification, fair-trade products, or company business practices. I do not claim or wish to be a certifier but hopefully can offer a filter.

My green lens is based on personal experiences on the ground creating and escorting tours for over 20 years. There are many aspects to consider in terms of responsible travel. Ultimately it is up to the traveler to choose which of these resonate with them.  Through this blog I hope to share additional resources to enable travelers.

One Resource I Support
Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a 501©(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible tourism, supporting sustainable development, and helping travelers and travel providers protect the environments and cultures they visit.
STI, founded in 2002 during the International Year of Ecotourism, has been operating in a transparent manner since its inception.

STI is dedicated to providing education and outreach services that will lessen the toll that travel and tourism takes on the environment and local cultures. By providing tangible, solutions-oriented programs, STI is taking a holistic approach to addressing global sustainable development within the travel and tourism industry.

STI has addressed specific aspects of responsible tourism as based the following categories.
STI membership parameter

  • Ecological/Environmental Impact
  • Social/Cultural Impact
  • Economic Impact
  • Innovative Best Practices
  • Climate Management (carbon calculator to carbon neutral commitment)
  • Certification Levels
  • Altruistic Travel

You can find out more information on Sustainable Travel International

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bharat Basnet June 19, 2011 at 4:57 am

I am very happy to learn that you are supporting operators in Asia and also in the Himalayan region to promote tourism product in North America.
The Explore Nepal is in tourism business over 20 years and from it’s establishment time we started the them sustainable tourism, eco-tourism all the words we use for sustainable future.

Susan Sam Matthews March 15, 2014 at 7:19 am

Are you planning a trip to Machu Pichu this fall? If so, I am really interested. Thanks, Sam

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