Responsible Travel

Travel is a privilege. It is not one we should take for granted. On our tours we try to ensure we leave behind as small a footprint as possible and that our tours benefit local people and their communities. 

Our Goal

Eco-friendly and sustainable tourism

As regular travellers one thing that never ceases to amaze and touch us while travelling is the kindness and generosity of people, often people who have next-to-nothing to their name. Such interactions bring meaning to travel and a sense of warmth and well-being. We firmly believe that the people who make these places special should also benefit from them. 

As first preference we use local guides, locally-owned lodges, shops and eateries, and do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate. We will also make significant donations from our profits to projects in those communities. This makes Travel The Unknown unique.

Our Projects

Details of projects we support

We are proud to team up with Future Generations in India, a NGO which runs a number of development projects throughout Arunachal Pradesh. Their initiatives include women's empowerment, governance, health, conservation and peace building. 

In Oaxaca, Mexico, we work with Fundacion En Via in developing a responsible tourism project that uses micro-finance as a means to help local people help themselves by harnessing the positive effects of tourism. 

We plan to develop further community-based tourism projects with these and other partners in the future. We will also make regular contributions towards their projects and help to raise the profile of these organisation in the UK and beyond.

Our goal is to support a portfolio of worthwhile NGO that focus on grassroots development. 


Responsible environmental policies

Eco-tourism and carbon footprints are recently hitting the headlines, but this in an area we have taken seriously for some time. We encourage our guides to think sustainably and we use environmentally sustainable accommodation options whenever possible. To minimise waste, all of our brochures and itineraries are also available for online browsing or PDF download. We also urge you to consider a contribution to Climate Care to help offset carbon emissions generated on your travels. 

Calculate and offset your trip's carbon with Climate Care Carbon Calculator.


Useful information for ethical travel

Learn more about travelling responsibly at

Detailed information about sustainable development in Arunachal Pradesh:

Climate Care - Offsetting Carbon Emissions:

Read about micro-finance tourism projects in Oaxaca, Mexico here: