Seniors Choose Sustainable and Ethical Travel

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Many senior citizens today have a commitment to making ethical choices about the environment and impacting global change as little as possible.  Those choices may include ethical travel, or perhaps more commonly called ‘green’ travel.  I recently came across a website that promotes responsible travel, known as  Responsible Vacation (RV). 

Their vacations, tours and schedules are designed to

• minimise the negative environmental, social, economic and ecological impact of the tours

• generates a fairer deal for local people and an opportunity to explore international communities

• a long term commitment means improvements to working conditions for people in these communities

• involve local people in making decisions that will affect their lives and livelihoods

• conserve the cultural heritage and embrace the natural diversity of an area

• a richer and more enjoyable experience for tourists who can engage meaningfully with local people, instead of sidelining them, and helping to build a greater appreciation of social, cultural and environmental issues

• provide better access for people with physical challenges

• represent a sensitive approach to cultures, whilst encouraging respect between tourists and hosts, and building pride and confidence to grow within the local community

The website goes on to say, “We believe responsible tourism is a better way to see the world. Not only do you get a more authentic experience, but your holiday benefits local people and the environment. Responsible tourism can apply to any type of holiday, from a luxury beach villa to a volunteering project. Responsible tourism simply means holidays that care about local communities & culture as well as wildlife conservation & the environment.”

Since 2001, RV reports that they have led the way in offering locally distinctive, authentic holidays from across the globe that are better for destinations and local communities.  They are the world’s first dedicated travel agent for ‘responsible holidays’. With over 300 tour operators and 600 villas, lodges, B&Bs and small hotels, you’ll find the largest selection of responsible holidays anywhere on the web. Whether you’re after an action-packed adventure, a relaxing beach escape or a charming countryside getaway closer to home, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.  Read over 5,000 independent, unedited holiday reviews – and don’t forget to tell them if you’ve booked to get some great rewards!  

Adventure holidays and activity holidays have thousands of the best adventure holidays and tours from leading responsible operators. Whatever your budget you’ll find a worldwide choice of hundreds of adventure holidays and adventure tours.  Forty-two unusual places to stay are found here with reviews and are full of frank independent holiday reviews from travelers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. 

Cultural tours are often the best way to see the the main highlights of a country and immerse yourself in its culture. All our cultural tours and holidays are run by responsible operators who will also ensure that your holiday benefits the destination and local people.  

Here are some budget holidays and budget travel ideas for all tastes:

  • Independent travel: The ‘independent travel’ section is for people who do not want to book their holiday through a tour operator but travel around a country under their own steam. Whether you are exploring Australia, or taking a driving holiday in Scotland the selection allows you to chose from day trips and short (up to 5 days) overnight excursions.
  • Tailor made holidays: A wide choice of tailor made holidays from all over the world for those looking to create a more personalized holiday experience. Choose the departure date, duration and activities to suit you. All the tailor made holidays are from specialist operators committed to the local communities and environment.
     Here is a listing of their favorite countries for vacations:
    1. Egypt holidays
    2. Kenya holidays
    3. Morocco holidays
    4. South Africa holidays
    5. Tanzania holidays
    6. Oman holidays
    7. Botswana holidays
    8. Jordan holidays
    9. Namibia holidays
    10. Rwanda holiday

Here is the URL to contact this firm.  Note: I am not promoting this firm, just passing along information for seniors who might find it of interest.           jeb



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