Responsible Travel

There are lots of definitions of Responsible Tourism; for us it is simple. We try our hardest to leave only a positive mark on the countries, communities and parts of our planet that we visit.

Local Children

We try to support local livelihoods so that the community significantly benefits from our stay.

  • Wherever possible we use local in-country agents, trek guides and crews. Who better to show you there country than people who have a real passion and understanding of their home?
  • We always employ local tradespeople to support our project team.
  • We always buy as much as we can locally, from food and tools to accommodation.

We ensure our community-based projects are just that, and always meet three important tests:

  • The project idea comes from the community itself.  
  • It is sustainable so that it will be useful in the long term and can be maintained locally.
  • It can be completed in the time we are there. We never leave something behind that is half finished!

We are passionate about the fight against plastic pollution

  • We are the UK representatives for Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) and promote their work and pledge to schools, travellers and the wider travel industry.
  • We encourage schools and students not to use single-use plastic when they travel. A water purification system and their own reusable bottle ensures that their water is always safe to drink AND protects the environment.

We try to choose the most sustainable accommodation, transport and travel options

  • Wherever possible we find accommodation that follows sustainable practices.
  • Driving and flying is an inevitable part of what we do. We will always try to use public transport, or transport appropriate for the number of people travelling.
  • We are working with Climate Care to offset all of our land travel, both at home and away, all of the adult flights that we purchase. We also offer students the chance to offset their flights too.
Students working on a construction project

We fundamentally believe in the benefits of using environmental projects to educate on important issues

We are very proud of the part we are playing to support young people to learn about the big issues facing our planet through our projects. These include:

  • Beach clean-ups in Borneo and Indonesia
  • Organic farming in Peru, Cambodia and Tanzania
  • Water collection and conservation in Lesotho

Child protection is an absolute priority

  • We never use child guides or work with companies or groups that have inappropriate aged children on their staff. We believe the best place for a child is in school so we work on projects to support this – such as ‘food for education’ programmes.
  • We agree with the UN that a child is best cared for in a family home, so we do not support or work with orphanages.

Animal protection is never compromised

  • We never participate in activities that involve animals kept in captivity, unless part of an accredited rehabilitation programme.
  • All animals we work with must be treated fairly and well looked after. We are a World Animal Protection signatory and are proud of the efforts being made to ensure local muleteers continue to treat animals well when we are trekking

We do try to do our best at home too!

  • Our office electricity comes from 100% green energy sources.
  • We have two electric car charging stations at our office – feel free to use them if you are passing!
  • We work with Refill to encourage more businesses around the world to offer a place to refill water bottles for free. You’ll find True Adventure HQ on the app - please pop in and fill up your water bottle while your car charges!

The below are just some of the programmes we are working with and are committed to supporting!

ATOL Protected

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True Adventure expeditions are fully protected by ATOL. ATOL financially protects all flights and air packages sold by UK tour operators, offering such protection for nearly 30 million passengers a year. ATOL is managed by the Civil Aviation Authority which is Government backed and has been providing financial protection to air travellers for nearly 30 years. True Adventure holds an ATOL license and our registration number is 9302.

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All the holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: