These are verified tools and websites you can use on a regular basis to research destinations, book accommodation and local guided tours, find transportation deals, and support local businesses (while traveling or between trips). Whenever one of these tools and websites no longer meets the quality standards I expect from a sustainable tourism travel resource, they will be removed from this page. If one of these resources is marked with an asterisk (*), it means I’m part of their affiliate marketing program. If you choose to buy products or use the services through one of these links or banners, I receive a small commission but there is no extra charge for you.
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“Defined as a “green Airbnb” by newspapers and experts, Ecobnb is an innovative initiative in the field of tourism because it helps travelers interested in ecology to find selected green accommodations. At the same time, the initiative helps green accommodations to promote their environment’s choices to new selected guests. Ecobnb aims to change the way we travel, promoting a kind of tourism that respects nature, the economy and the local communities. Ecobnb is the first meeting point of responsible travels and eco-friendly accommodations.”
“With a mission to empower people to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel.”
I always book accommodation through Booking.com and, so far, haven’t had a bad experience yet. I usually research the hotels I want to stay at first and then book them via their website – I like the option to book now, pay later, not to mention the ability to cancel my booking without fees on most hotels.
“HotelsCombined.com has 235,000 unique hotels, in 225 countries worldwide. We offer the most comprehensive selection of hotels globally, backed by our Best Rate Guarantee, so your users will always get the best deal.”
Sometimes, you are not looking for a specific hotel and you just want the best deal in your destination. HotelsCombined.com is particularly useful for short-term trips when you want to spend less on accommodation.
“Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site offering a comprehensive and free flight search service.”
Do your research on sustainable airlines before searching for cheap flights. The Skyscanner website allows you to search flights by airline and set up price alerts.
“Celebrating Over 75 Years as The European Train Experts. Since opening shop in New York City in the 1930’s, we’ve become the leading authority of European rail in North America, representing more than 35 European railroads!”
Europe has a great railway system that allows you to travel from city to city and from country to country comfortably, ecologically, and quickly. By far, train travel is one of my favorite ways of traveling in Europe. And considering that it’s not the cheapest, unfortunately, all ways to save a few bucks are welcome.
“Based in NYC and founded in early 2015, visit.org is a technology platform for curated travel experiences offered by nonprofits around the globe. Travelers use visit.org to add half- to multi-day immersive experiences to their itinerary, and revenue from tours is then channeled back to the local community through the host organizations.”
Get Your Guide*
“GetYourGuide’s community of local suppliers knows their stuff. After all, showing you the world is their business! We vet all of our partners to make sure that you’re safe and sound while you’re out having fun.”
“We deliver the best travel experiences ever, which create memories for a lifetime through immersive itineraries, small groups, local leaders, sustainable travel.”
Support Local Businesses
“Vayando promotes entrepreneurs motivated to share their livelihood practice, local trade, or micro-businesses with travelers. Our goal: Create economic opportunity for entrepreneurs while facilitating immersive experiences for travelers.”
“It’s our passion to discover extraordinary, useful finds from all over the globe and share them with you. Our shop features products sourced from direct relationships with artisans as well as vetted partner organizations. From Mexican woven baskets to Ghanaian coasters, each handcrafted good we share with you is remarkably distinct.”