As a Vegan tour operator we realize that all traveling has an impact on our surroundings. We are dedicated to be the best supporters of sustainable tourism, wherever we go. During our travels we always keep the following in mind:
You can support the local community by buying souvenirs. Make sure to buy souvenirs that are handcrafted locally and if possible but them directly from the artisan. Don't buy your souvenirs from a large retailer or at the airport, these items could have been mass produced abroad. Also refrain from buying things like t-shirts which are mass produced in low-cost countries and will not support the local community.
Plastic waste is a huge environmental problem. Don't use any plastic items that you don't really need, such as plastic plates and forks or disposable plastic bags from the supermarket. Instead, bring your own reusable bags and utensils. Using plastic water bottles cannot always be avoided in some countries, but what you can do is buy a larger container to refill your bottle. If you are using plastic bottles, make sure to put them in a recycling bin, if possible, or a regular waste bin so they can be collected. Take your waste with you until you find a way to dispose of it properly. Remember take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Interacting with local people
Tourist destination are not amusement parks, they are places where people live and try to make a living and often try to survive. You can support the locals by interacting with them, talk to them about what they are doing and how you can possibly support them. Sometimes tourism can have a negative effect on the local community, it is good to learn from the local people and their culture.
Taking photos of people
Not everyone is keen on having their photo taken. In some countries and religions it might even be forbidden to capture some images. Always ask if people mind being photographed. Some people might ask for a donation. We recommend not to encourage this. Don't take photos in secret.
Sustainable modes of transport
To reduce carbon emissions during our tours, we avoid using airplanes. In most countries we will use private transportation such as cars and buses. These will be modern vehicles that have lower emissions. In some countries we only use public transportation, which is not only better for the environment, but also more fun!
Offsetting Carbon Emissions
Samsara Vegan Travels is working together with GreenSeat to make greener travel possible. This means you can book GreenSeat CO2 compensation on all of our travels! This way you compensate the CO2 emissions of your journey and give households in developing countries access to sustainable energy. This ensures there is less CO2 in the atmosphere and improves the living conditions of local families!
To compensate for your CO2 emissions for one of our travels, use the table in our booking form to see how much you will have compensate for a particular tour, follow the link in the booking form, add your travel details & pay! As proof of compensation, you will receive a personalized certificate.
All Samsara Vegan Travels' tour leaders have successfully completed the “Leading the way” training, offered by the Travel Foundation.
This training teaches how to incorporate good sustainability practices, the principles of responsible guiding and communication with clients and locals.