Empowering Travelers to Change the World

Ethical Traveler seeks to use the economic clout of tourism to protect human rights and the environment.

Ethical Traveler is dedicated to educating travelers about the social and environmental impact of their decisions, showing how travel can be a potent form of diplomacy, and giving travelers a forum through which their united voices can serve the world community.

We are raising awareness of the interdependency between travelers and the places they travel to. We are doing this by building a global community of travelers, and over time will be providing our membership with information on key issues (e.g., coral reef protection, deforestation, women’s rights, and forced labor) relevant to the world of tourism, and unite travelers’ voices with those of other, like-minded organizations.

Our signature work will focus on well-researched campaigns that harness our members’ combined actions to promote social justice and environmental conservation. We will offer automated online letter writing campaigns that will make it easy for our members to make their concerns known with international policy makers, and impact relief and development efforts. Rallying our alliance to impact social and environmental issues, we will at times offer points of view that encourage travel to some destinations, while conveying misgivings about others.

We promote Ethical Journeys, a collection of small group tours that adhere to the highest environmental, fair trade and human rights standards to educate travelers on sustainable and ethical travel and to maximize benefits to host communities.

Proceeds from Ethical Journeys support the work of Ethical Traveler

We welcome contributions of any size, including donations-in-kind. Donating goods or services that might be free or inexpensive for you are extremely valuable to us. Examples include printing services, design services, office equipment and supplies. Please contact us.

Ethical Traveler needs volunteers to help carry out our mission. Find out how to get involved.

Source:  Ethical Traveller is a project of Earth Island Institute
Director: Jeff Greenwald

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The people who make up Ethical Traveler are world travelers, local travelers, travel agents, tour outfitters and other travel industry professionals. But members of the ET community are also—most importantly—world citizens who want to learn how they can make this planet a wonderful place to continue exploring.

Why support Us

There is a growing need for travelers to play an active role in the world we explore. We believe that motivated travelers, with an understanding of our planet’s social and environmental concerns, can be instrumental in creating a better world.

Travel and tourism is the world’s largest industry, generating $47 billion in 2000. Many countries rely on tourism as a crucial source of foreign exchange. There is tremendous potential for the travel community to act as a positive force upon the world. Yet, until now, there has been no organization to unite travelers and those who serve them into a global alliance. Ethical Traveler provides this alliance.

Ethical Traveler hopes to create a shift in the way travelers view themselves, and their influence within the global community. We are reinforcing the understanding that by banding together, travelers can make decisions in line with their own values to impact their global concerns. We believe that, given clear information and the resources to create solutions, travelers will embrace their ability to make the planet a better place to inhabit and explore. We hope to inspire more and more travelers into action, and to use their economic power to address our planet’s urgent environmental and humanitarian problems.

Help make it happen!