Inspirit Travel

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Inspirit provides affordable small-group adventures for 18-to-30-somethings. Our speciality is low impact travel that supports local businesses. Perfect for solo travellers, sharing adventures with others means more fun, more laughs, and better memories. Partnering with local businesses ensures the greatest economic impact of our trips is right there in the communities we visit. We also support local NGOs in an effort to give back to these communities which have already given us so much. Responsible travel and sustainable travel are not just buzz words. They’re at the very core of what we do.
Member since: 20 Nov 2019

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

Economic responsibility

Our approach is the same no matter where we go: work and partner as much as possible with locally owned ventures. Whether eating, sleeping, embarking on a local activity, or transferring from place to place, by working with locally owned outfits we help create a long-lasting positive impact on locals. Benefitting the local economy and embracing its people is a crucial part of our what we do, and what our experiences offer.

All of our trip leaders and tour guides are local, and professionally certified by the national regulatory body of their country of origin. We’ve taken the decision to only work with professional tour guides not only to offer the best experience for our clients, but to encourage a higher level of professionalism in the tourism industry. And working with locals ensure the greatest local economic benefit.

The regions we visit give so much to us — enriching our lives through experiences! — and so we want to do all we can to “give back” on each one of our trips. Supporting local grass-roots organizations is one of the best ways we can ensure desperately needed resources actually reach the people in need. We make a donation to the Viaventure Foundation on behalf of each of our clients, 100% of which goes to supporting grass-roots NGOs in our region. Often we can incorporate a visit or some interaction with these organizations during the trips. Projects supported include social, economic, and environmental causes.

We always choose small, local providers whenever available to us. We work with local guides and in certain areas we hire local community guides to accompany our main guide as it provides financial benefits to the community.

A great example is the Uaxactun camping/glamping experience we created in the remote Maya community of Uaxactun. We have partnered with the local community to provide this service. We provided the equipment, investment, and training, and the community in turn now hosts our clients, provides community tours (using local community guides), meals (we rotate between multiple families to provide meal services), and camp maintenance including setup/breakdown when we have guests. We also provide a donation to the village for each guest that stays with us, which supports various community needs.

We ensure that a local guide accompanies all group visits to local communities


Environmental responsibility

We understand that in order to truly convey the message, we must “walk the walk,” and it starts with our own conduct and actions in the home office. Some actions we have taken and have been following for nearly a decade include:
Banning Styrofoam and single-use plastics in our own office.
Creating and managing a recycling program based from our office. Employees can bring their recyclable waste to our office as there are no local services available in our community.
Reducing paper printing to a minimum
Use of recycled paper, including in our office bathrooms
Creating a positive workspace and respecting the rights of our employees
Sponsoring environmental days-out (e.g., team tree planting days)
Creation of and funding the Viaventure Foundation – which supports local NGOs primarily in education and environmental projects

Our trip leaders and guides all undergo specific training the area of Responsible Travel, and specifically in how to educate our clients in these principles. Basic rules and a traveller code of conduct are passed along to the clients on tour. We encourage clients to conduct themselves in socially responsible manner, respecting local customs, traditions, dress codes, and especially minimizing direct environmental impact.
We are especially conscious of animal welfare concerns, (supporting causes such as the “Too Rare to Wear” initiative, not feeding or touching wildlife, etc), minimizing the social impact of our trips, and encouraging “buy local” mentality to help ensure the economic benefit of our trips is directly felt in the communities we visit.

We inform our clients that they do not have to be eco-crusaders to make a difference while traveling. Reducing waste and leaving “good” footprints is pretty easy to do, and it’s part of our core. Often times it just comes down to making a conscious decision to try. Things as simple as remembering to refill reusable water bottles before leaving the hotel, carrying a reusable coffee mug to avoid paper cups, or wrapping takeaways in paper, can all make a difference. We encourage clients to get creative and have fun with it. We ask local food stalls to serve us on a banana leaf instead of a styrofoam plate!

Guests are encouraged to reduce water consumption on trips. Packing their own towel and/or re-using towels and clean bed sheets that don’t need to be unnecessarily laundered.

All guests are provided with a refillable bottle.

Staff are encouraged to cycle/walk/rideshare to work. We also encourage our staff to bring recycling from home to our office as there are no local recycling services. We then contract with companies for bulk recycling.

On trips we always choose local when possible. All of our company products (e.g., coffee for the office) is locally sourced from sustainable farms and co-operatives.

Social responsibility

This means saying no to child labour or sexual exploitation of any kind. It means actively promoting animal welfare and the protection of wildlife, especially vulnerable and endangered species. It means respecting and protecting natural habitats and minimizing our impact on the environment. It means being sensitive to local customs and cultural norms. It means treating everyone with fairness and respect.

It’s our responsibility to remaining in good standing with our community, which means playing by the rules. We ensure that all of our operational partners are in regular compliance with local regulations, hold valid operational permits, licenses, etc. We abide by an anti-bribe/corruption policy, and payments to local partners are made via official channels to ensure local taxes are paid, where due.

Our trip leaders and guides all undergo specific training the area of Responsible Travel, and specifically in how to educate our clients in these principles. Basic rules and a traveller code of conduct are passed along to the clients on tour. We encourage clients to conduct themselves in socially responsible manner, respecting local customs, traditions, dress codes, and especially minimizing direct environmental impact.

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