Nope! While there are lots of worthwhile projects where you can do some good by lending a hand, we believe you can often have a greater impact by supporting the right local businesses. Check out this video to meet our friend Enoc at Osa Rural Tours and see how taking a spectacular boat ride through the mangroves in Costa Rica helps to conserve over 4,000 acres of rainforest and create jobs in the community.
Well, that's really up to you! Getting away from popular routes can help to spread travel dollars to places that don't benefit much from tourism, but there are also lots of lodges and activities within minutes of major destinations that offer amazing experiences and real benefits for local people and nature. Learn more about the global Community Tourism movement and discover unique, impactful experiences from Chiang Mai to Cusco.
If you think that sustainable travel and comfort can't go together, think again! There are ecolodges and tour companies protecting hundreds of acres of rainforest and preserving cultural traditions that also offer private, luxury bungalows and world class dining. Check out our collection of Incredible Ecolodges for some great examples of planet-friendly luxury.