Sam Gough, Founder, Travel Differently
Travel Differently was formed in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the planet ground to a halt and we suddenly realised just how lucky we had been to explore the world up until now. With borders closed and countries in lockdown we dreamt of being able to go on holiday again, to discover new sights and sounds, and committed to doing so in harmony with local populations and their environment. To reduce our carbon footprint. To fly less and travel slower. To be more thoughtful about where and when we visit, and how we can leave a positive impact behind. And ultimately to make the travel experience itself better than ever before.
TO TRAVEL AGAIN.
I strongly believe that travel is a force for good if it is planned thoughtfully, mitigating environmental impacts, and ensuring that both local habitats and communities benefit from our visits. We also need to reduce tourisms carbon footprint, including significant reductions in flying, so that the nett balance of your next trip is a positive one for people and planet. This is why we have joined the campaigns Tourism Declares (a Climate Emergency) and Future of Tourism, are a founding signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, and established our four founding pillars of travelling Greener, Slower, Fairer and Better (read more on these below).
I invite you to join us, and to enjoy a truly exceptional next adventure.
Founder, Travel Differently
Our love of travel is primarily inspired by nature, and yet modern tourism has done much to damage the very places that we venture so far to admire. However, it also has a unique potential to regenerate ecosystems, protect wildlife, and to inspire further action on sustainability.
This is why Travel Differently work only with destinations, properties and activities that seek to operate in harmony with their local environment, and why we Carbon Offset all trips at 150% of their calculated emissions with the aim of providing nett positive holidays.
The idea of Slow Travel was an inspiration for the creation of the business. By travelling less often but in more depth, and by land rather than air wherever possible, we reduce emissions from flights, lessen the pressure on tourist hot spots, and spread the money from tourism across a wider sector of society in the countries we visit.
It also creates a deeper and more authentic travel experience, spending more time getting to know a destination, visiting lesser-known gems, and taking time to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
We believe that engaging and supporting communities in the areas that we visit is not only the ethical thing to do, but that it also significantly improves the travel experience. As such we work exclusively with partners who hold this same commitment to sustainability and social development, and treat local communities as partners (rather than products.
Similarly we use carbon offset schemes that benefit people as well as the environment, by seeking to reduce poverty, inequality, and a reliance on fossil fuels.
We know that by travelling in a greener, fairer and slower way, your expereince will be more enjoyable and rewarding. We also pride ourselves on providing a fully personalised service, arranging fully bespoke trips after getting to know you and your individual travel needs, rather than selling a readymade package.
As a 100% independent boutique tour operator, the quality of your trip is our only priority, and every booked guest will have direct contact with our founder to ensure the trip is perfected.
Travel Differently are members of Protected Trust Services (membership number 5562), which provides our guests with 100% financial protection by guaranteeing all payments, and keeping them in a Trust Account until your travel is complete. This means that if anything should happen to us or our partners, your money is safely protected and available to reimburse.
You can read more on our dedicated page here