The Earth Trip

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We are a small, family run company. We organise escorted, tailor-made holidays and tours with specialist in-depth knowledge to the Indian Ocean Islands: Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius. We are passionate about these countries and would like you live the moment and experience it. We create inspirational experiences not just another holiday. Our holidays are ethical and responsible.
Member since: 01 Mar 2016

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • Our local partners only employ local people and guides, and empower women by offering them skills development and training in order to get employment in the tourism industry.
  • We recommend to all our clients to meet local people and suggest them to try home-stay for at least 1-2 nights during tours. This way, our clients directly help them but also benefit from cultural and skills exchange. The income from this and the provision of meals brings in a vital income to local communities.
  • We also advise our clients to purchase souvenirs directly from local craftsmen. They are handmade and unique. Checking place of manufacture is important before purchasing because many big hotels and shopping centres now sell souvenirs that are imported from different countries.

Environmental responsibility

We take pride in the achievement of a healthy balance between environment, local people and YOU, the tourist. We do not encourage or promote any unethical business or wildlife activities. As an example, Sri Lanka is a place where people may want to visit an elephant orphanage – we never include this in any of the tours we offer as we learned that these elephants are not always treated well and that they will never be released into the wild.

  • Our wildlife safaris or tours are run by experienced locals who rely on the National Parks for their livelihoods, and operate in the respect of local and international wildlife standards.
  • To ensure environmental awareness of our clients we provide them with detailed environmental information about places they visit, and how they can help. Visits to nature reserves and national parks are popular among holidaymakers to Sri Lanka and Madagascar. We give instructions to both our clients and guides on how to minimise impact on environment disturbance to the wildlife.
  • We include visits to Anjaha Community Reserve in Madagascar and Analamazaotra National Park, both community run initiatives. Tourists pay entrance fees to these parks and are encouraged to buy local, handmade souvenirs which supports the local community and conservation programs.
  • We ensure that the hotels that we choosing for our holidays are doing something good for the environment, from recycling through growing their own fruits and vegetables to using solar power.

Social responsibility

  • Our mission is to bring tourists closer to local people, their traditions, customs and beliefs.
  • Doing a homestay and spending time with local families is a fantastic opportunity to feel like a local person. Having this experience most of our clients said that it was the highlight of the trip. Our home-stay hosts are also enjoying.
  • We encourage and include many local projects in our itineraries. For example, in Madagascar we offer to be part of a locally run project to stay in the village with locals and help them with their everyday activities. “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard (1903-1985) therefore, we encourage our clients to try to learn how to cook local dishes by interacting with local people.
  • We ask our clients to dress moderately according local cultures.
  • One important area for sustainable tourism that we wish to highlight is ‘tea and spices’. Tea and spices are often purchased by tourists in Sri Lanka and taken home as a gift for friends or family. In our tours around Sri Lanka we encourage our clients to visit fairly-traded and organic tea and spices plantations. We also inform and advice our clients where they can buy products that have been fairly-traded.

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