Antarctica & the Arctic holidays
Tours & holidays in 2017 & 2018

At Responsible Travel we campaign for change in the tourism industry on issues that we are passionate about. We do this because we want to help protect our favourite places, cultures and wildlife from unethical practices and irresponsible tourism. We want to create a more caring tourism industry. Over recent years we've formed relationships with activists, local communities, NGOs and people who think differently about tourism - they bring the issues to our attention if we don't spot them first.
With regards to Antarctica & the Arctic there are several issues for tourists to lend their support to...
Banning Microbeads in Household Products

We have all been guilty of that pre-holiday retail therapy splurge, hitting the beauty product aisles to stock up on a plethora of pampering paraphernalia. However, we always encourage our responsible travellers to buy locally when they can, buy eco friendly products as well as not taking too much packaging. We are also supporting Greenpeace's campaign to ban the microbead, those silly bits of plastic that are pumped into many popular creams and pastes, as they have such a devastating effect on the marine environment. The UK has agreed to ban some products, but not all. So, please support the campaign for a total ban, and don't buy the ones that are still on our shelves, nor on any other country's shelves.

Protect wildlife in the worlds oceans
Every year over 100,000 marine mammals are killed as a result of entanglement in abandoned fishing nets or ‘ghost year’. The nets restrict movement, cause starvation, and suffocate animals that need to return to the surface to breathe. The World Cetacean Alliance has decided to take action with the launch of its Net Effect campaign which aims to seek solutions that will help create a world free of marine wildlife entanglement and where end of life gear is valued by fishers, recyclers and consumers. Whether it’s conducting your own beach clean or getting creative with fishing nets, find out more about how you can help rid the oceans of this ghostly problem.
Educating travellers about responsible tourism
Travellers are becoming more and more aware of the impacts their holidays can have in the world, compared with even ten years ago when so many people turned a blind eye to bad ways simply because we think that we all deserve a break. At Responsible Travel we try to educate rather than lecture. With tips that how easily we can turn negative impacts to positive ones, engage with communities not just stay within gated ones, understand conservation not just tick off safari sightings, think local and think slow. While still enjoying holidays of a lifetime in places that need us to give a little something back too.
Had enough of mass tourism
We run many campaigns at Responsible Travel, but Had Enough, which we ran in 2004, emanated from research that showed nearly three quarters of travellers we interviewed had had enough of destruction caused by mass tourism. The campaign sought to persuade the likes of Thomas Cook and Thomson Holidays to publish responsible tourism policies - which they did very shortly after our campaign launched. Since then, some of the big tourism companies have improved, but many haven’t. For example, almost 90 percent of all inclusive holiday sales stay in the UK, water consumption in tourism in drought ridden countries is unethical, coastlines are destroyed, villagers displaced, families forced into poverty and children into sex tourism. It is not a pretty picture. Which is why, at Responsible Travel, we still campaign for change. Read more about our campaign
Support our call for redirecting Air Passenger Duty to fund electric airplane technology
The UK Government raises £3bn a year from taxation of flights - a tax called Air Passenger Duty. Despite initially saying this was an 'environmental' tax the Government has never given any information about how the money is spent.

Although tourism faces many challenges in becoming more sustainable, by far the biggest is the carbon emissions caused by burning aviation fuel, kerosene.

We are calling on the UK Government Government to commit a substantial sum from this existing tax revenue to invest in the R&D required to deliver electric powered technology for commercial aviation.
World Responsible Tourism Awards
In 2004 we founded the annual World Responsible Tourism Awards. Not only because we believe that these pioneering organisations and individuals deserve a huge pat on the back, but also because we want everyone in the world to know about them. These Awards have been a huge success with over 400 people and organisations taking centre stage at the World Travel Market every year to take their well deserved moment in the limelight. From wildlife conservationists to walking guides, hotels to homestays, tour operators to travel writers, these awards have come to represent the ethos that drives us at Responsible Travel: to help people live their dreams through authentic and life-enriching adventures, to ensure local people and wildlife benefits and to be a catalyst for change in the tourism industry.
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