Welcome to the Ethical Travel Guide

Ethical.Travel is a unique travel guide which provides travellers with fantastic ideas for authentic and guilt free holidays. It is produced by Tourism Concern, a UK registered charity that promotes ethical and fairly traded tourism. For each country we list ethical travel considerations, ethical places to stay and see and ethical tour operators and volunteering organisations that can help make your stay better for local people and better for you.


Thousands of grass roots, low impact, high sustainability initiatives all over the world struggle to tell tourists they exist. Very few of these inspirational initiatives have the resources or skills to market themselves in an industry dominated by multinational companies. Our Ethical Travel Guide is a challenge to this dominance, seeking to redress the balance in order to make tourism more fair. is a chance for local communities in destination countries, who are often extremely poor, and dedicated local entrepreneurs to talk to their customers, to promote a more authentic and local experience, which they are uniquely able to provide.


Originally produced as a guidebook the first edition went to reprint within a month of publication and was translated into Dutch and Italian. The second edition proved to be just as popular with travellers who were looking for unique and interesting places to stay around the world – places that bring real benefits to local people. now allows us to reach thousands of people across the globe who are looking for unique and interesting places to stay – but that also benefit local people. lists hundreds of places, many of which you won’t find in conventional guides. Entries include places to stay, organisations, trips, tours and projects, from canoeing the backwaters of the Amazon to luxury breaks in the Indian Ocean. You can stay in very simple, local style accommodation or more sophisticated hotels with western plumbing. But they all have one thing in common. They all support the local economy, bringing much needed wealth to communities. It is a tribute to enterprising people all over the world and a fulfillment of Tourism Concern’s commitment to ensure that people in destinations benefit from tourism.


In addition to the listing also provides advice and information helping travellers to make better and more informed choices about their holidays. Subjects covered include whether people should ride an elephant, haggle for goods or go on a cruise. There is additional information on ethical photography, local etiquette and environmental considerations.

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