Resources for Travelers
Photograph by Albert Moldvay
Resources for Travelers
These links may help make your trip more rewarding while supporting the quality of your destinations. Selections are limited to multidestination enterprises with strong sustainability policies and practices. For news on sustainable, authentic travel, subscribe to National Geographic Traveler's blog, Intelligent Travel.
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Uses a network of local travel professionals to help you find and book off-the-beaten-track hotels, B&Bs, tours, and activities worldwide, as well as mainstream hotels. WHL's core values focus on authentic travel experiences that highlight local destinations, people, cultures, and environment.
This eco-friendly tour operator organizes sustainable biking, walking, and multisport tours worldwide. The company supports a variety of conservation and ecotourism organizations.
Learn how to determine good from bad ecotourism. Includes a code of ethics for travelers, and links to numerous sustainable-tourism websites.
The Costa Rican Tourism Institute's developing certification program has evaluated dozens of lodges, inns, and hotels that you can search by province, certification level, and hotel type.
Lists small scale, locally produced, low-impact, customizable ecotours and culture trips. Worldwide destinations. You can search trips by region and by activity.
Scientific research trips supported by paying volunteers, with many educational and conservation projects geared toward sustainability issues.
Gives information on alternative tourism projects and trips worldwide in both urban and non-urban destinations. Provides a small searchable directory of alternative tour operators, lodgings, learning and volunteer programs. Includes "how to" miniguides for the independent traveler.
Provides environmental travel tips for individual and business travelers.
This extensive Toronto-based website presents "urban green tourism," which protects metropolitan resources and cultural diversity. Provides general and Toronto-specific information, including publications, press releases, websites, and television shows.
Guidelines for travelers when employing porters.
Helps you visit outdoor recreation destinations without harming them. The nonprofit program works to build awareness, appreciation, and respect for public recreation areas.
Lists Namibian community tourism enterprises, including campsites, traditional villages, museums, tours, and local crafts.
High-end educational tours, many of which use operators pledged to sustainable practices. Proceeds benefit National Geographic research programs.
Traveler's codes for visiting indigenous cultures and for sustainable tourism.
This San Francisco-based network provides guidelines for traveling responsibly.
Justin Francis provides a small, well-organized database of responsible ecotours and accommodation worldwide that he has evaluated and approved. Posts tips for responsible travelers and guidelines for tourism professionals.
Discover the cultural heritage of small Scottish towns by patronizing sustainable-tourism establishments. Selections by area, accommodation type, and town.
This U.K. Christian nonprofit hosts the Right to Know campaign, helping travelers to make informed holiday choices. Volunteer travel programs, too.
Through educational materials, editorial coverage, and manufacturer-supported promotions, this nonprofit organization encourages motorized outdoor recreation that is environmentally responsible.
General information and guidelines from WWF-UK on traveling responsibly.
The nonprofit conservation group lists links for ecotourism trips to the world's biodiversity hotspots.
An Athens-based ecotourism club that offers direct worldwide booking online, eco-products, eco-events, and free consultations by member experts.
Beatrice Blake lists sustainability ratings for ecolodges in her guidebook, New Key to Costa Rica, plus additional information.
This U.S.-based company offers ecotouring trips to destinations worldwide, working only with tourism businesses inspected on-site for environmental and cultural sensitivity.
Lists activities and attractions that promote Hawaii's culture and environment.
An information program called "Your Travel Choice Makes a Difference" helps consumers make educated responsible travel decisions. The site also provides a database of ecotourism operators and ecolodges.
The conservation group provides ecotourism trips, as well as lodging for independent travelers. Both international and U.S. nature destinations.
This conservation research organization offers natural history expeditions throughout the world, including whale-watching tours and hands-on field trips for students and teachers.
Offers several five-day orangutan tours and 11-day study tours annually in Kalimantan, Borneo, as well as a six-week field volunteer program (www.orangutan.org.uk).
This research and advocacy organization offers ecotours with proceeds channeled toward saving the oceans.
Includes language and travel guides, info on how to choose a trip, event lists, and resources for travelers looking for work or volunteer positions abroad.
This nonprofit organizes socially responsible and educational study seminars; fact-finding, solidarity, and activist delegations; and customized tours for business, and professional organizations. Not for hedonists.
Promotes crafts and heritage trails in western North Carolina. The website notes craft heritage and garden tours for independent travelers in the area.
You can reserve rooms in historic U.S. hotels here. Links to other National Trust tours, historic sites, and a heritage traveler bookstore.
This well-organized site allows you to find Native American tour attractions and services throughout the U.S. by state or by tribe. Includes the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, tourism businesses, newsletters, travel tips, and scenic byways.
This educational organization lists some three dozen links to indigenous tour operators worldwide.
Offers a user's guide to green transportation. For a small subscription fee you can consult an online catalog of environmental cars and trucks.
This U.S. organization provides information on eco-friendly cars and trucks, plus guidelines on reducing pollution from transportation.