We’re considering sustainability whenever we create a new experience, check out a new hotel or when we are collaborating with our in-country partners. This is partly because it feels the right thing to do; it’s also because we firmly believe it’s the route to a more meaningful, rewarding and enjoyable experience for you.
We know we are not perfect but we’re ambitious about the journey we’re on. Read on to see for yourself how we’re constantly working to make sure that ETG is part of the conversation about making travel a force for good.
Our expert guide in Thailand, Nutty, is a specialist in grassroots travel that puts locals and communities at its centre and spreads the economic benefits of tourism around. Nutty’s trips are also engaging and exciting, including overnight sleeper trains, rural homestays and small lodges, all of which offer an enchanting flavour of Thai life that is easy to miss if you stick to the trodden path.
Thushni is the Local Experience Manager in our Sri Lanka office. With a passion for sharing the magic of her country with fellow travellers, Thushni helps us craft Sri Lankan experiences that are unique, locally-led and ethical - and, of course, great fun for our travellers. She also manages our team of local chauffeur-guides and ensures our Sri Lanka holidays run like clockwork.
At our office in London, we’re mindful about the resources we use and recycle everything we can from crisp packets to computers. We’ve got more to do before we can claim to be a completely eco-friendly office, from persuading our landlord to switch to a green energy supplier to remembering there are now pen refills in the stationery cupboard. Still, we’ve seen that making even small improvements increases awareness and stimulates the desire for greater change in the office and at home.
We have a handy travel app called Vamoos that gives our clients access to all their travel documents in one place online, alongside lots of useful resources to enhance their trip. All the information can be updated at the touch of a button which reduces paper use and unnecessary printing.
As a member of Travelife we have started the journey towards complying with international sustainability standards.
Travelife is an internationally-recognised training, management and certification program for sustainability in tourism. To obtain Travelife Partner status, we must meet over 100 sustainability criteria that cover multiple areas including how we create new experiences, how we work with our suppliers, how we run our office and how we communicate with our clients. We aim to achieve the Travelife Certified stage, the third and highest level, by the end of 2021.
We've chosen to work towards Travelife certification because it's an opportunity for us to 'deep dive' into the workings of ETG and consider how we can further integrate sustainability into everything we do. We also hope that as we make progress, we will stimulate greater awareness and engagement among our own team, our suppliers, our in-country partners and our clients.
Spend a morning exploring the delights of the Sri Lankan countryside by boat and by bike and let local people are your guides. This is a locally-led, grassroots Sri Lankan experience: from the rental bike owner to the boat driver to the cook who teaches you the secret of a tasty egg hopper, you're in good hands today!
See Delhi through the eyes of a former street child and learn about local life from more of a street-level perspective than tourists generally get to see. Spend a fun afternoon with your engaging guide who is living proof of the positive work being done by the Salaam Balaak Trust and others to change lives for the better.
Gain a unique insight at this one-of-a-kind eco-tourism venture to improve the health and welfare of domestic elephants in the Mondulkiri Province of Cambodia. This is a brilliant way to get up close with majestic Asian elephants ethically, without causing distress to the animal and supporting a conservation project.