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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Recommended Travel Resources for Sustainable Cultural Tourism:
- Tours and Attractions
“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.
Tours and Attractions
“Responsible Tourism is an innovative tourism concept born from the combination of travel with a positive impact. Through partnerships with social organizations, ImpacTrip has developed tourism experiences for travelers to enjoy their vacations to the fullest, but also to have a positive social and environmental impact wherever they go.
Our proposal is to escape from mass tourism and rediscover Portugal traveling in a more local, engaging and positive way. Volunteering (such as teaching children from social neighborhoods to play guitar, helping single mothers improve their resumé, distributing food to the homeless), enjoying a lunch cooked by people with disabilities, or diving to clean up litter from the Atlantic Ocean are just a few examples of what you can do during your experience.
This is a 100% Portuguese company, born in 2013 by the hand of two entrepreneurs who intend to revolutionize the way the Portuguese travel to rediscover their country. With the rise of people looking for different travel experiences to which traditional agencies cannot respond, ImpacTrip emerges as a young, irreverent and positive alternative that aims to be the solution to an emerging market need through unique tourism experiences.”
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.”
Local cuisine is a small but very revealing part of a destination’s cultural identity. That’s Cookly’s mindset (and so is mine). They “(…) believe that the best way to do so is to embark on one of our culinary adventures: Hands-on culinary experiences that let you discover the world through all your senses.”
“Our mission is to make culture more accessible. We do this by helping people discover and embrace cultural experiences. We’re making the world’s largest and most efficient curated marketplace for admission tickets.”