The impact of tourism is far reaching, and one of the most significant distributors of wealth globally - generating jobs, money for conservation efforts, infrastructure development, and cross cultural exchange. But this impact is delicate, and can give way to detrimental offsets of tourism such as overtourism, exotic wildlife tourism, environmental degradation and the dilution of ancient cultures.
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We commit to contracting services that are locally-owned to ensure that our dollars serve to strengthen, sustain + preserve the communities that we visit.
We are visitors. We are strongly committed to ensuring that our practices are respectful and empowering to the local culture and tradition. This also means ensuring that we leave as welcome as we arrive.
You can expect your chosen OT itinerary to include a a visit (or three) with incredible women who are transforming their communities. Supporting women-owned or powered enterprise is central to our service contracts and itinerary design.
By 2022, Origin Travels aims to implement a global training program to ensure that all of our trips are run by self-identified women.
Our experiences do not include any activity where wild or rehabilitated animals are permitted to interact with humans for entertainment purposes, or are kept in unsafe, or uncomfortable conditions. We are committed to ensuring that all animal interactions are aligned with the 5 Freedoms:
Freedom from hunger and thirst (food and water). All animals deserve access to clean water and a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
Freedom from discomfort (shelter) Freedom from pain, injury and disease (medical care)
Freedom to express normal behaviour (exercise)
Freedom from fear and distress (love and understanding)
Our goal is to keep the places we visit as green as we left them. This means no littering, limited use of plastic, and the enjoyment of nature-friendly activities and services.
Part of this commitment is the recognition of our own carbon footprint left by traditional travel, such as airplane transport. Learn more about our effort to offset this footprint.
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