A Commitment to Sustainability

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At Inspiring Journeys, we’re committed to having a positive impact on the people and communities we visit, to help protect marine and wildlife, and to care for this incredible planet we call home.

We're privileged to call the magnificent ochre sands of Australia's outback and the soaring peaks of New Zealand's Southern Alps home. These landscapes, the cultural abundance of their First Nations peoples and the unique wildlife found on these shores are what inspire us to explore far and wide, and seek to protect our planet for generations to come.
An Inspiring Journeys tour of Australia and New Zealand is not only an immersive experience full of vibrant characters and money-can't-buy encounters, but an adventure that has sustainability and the protection of our planet at its very core.
As part of The Travel Corporation's (TTC) family of brands, we are proud to be a founding partner of the not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation, established almost 15 years ago with a mission to protect the world as we know it. 

THE TREADRIGHT FOUNDATION

How We Tread Right


How We Tread Right (HWTR) is The Travel Corporation's (TTC) five-year sustainability strategy, launched in 2020, which sets the mandate on sustainability at Inspiring Journeys and our sister travel companies..

This sustainability strategy is based on 11 measurable goals anchored to the United Nations' Global Goals, which address the issues of climate change, sustainable food production, waste reduction, travel experiences, diversity and inclusion, and wildlife.

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Our Commitment With Treadright

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Our Commitment With Treadright

PEOPLE.

Community support and cultural preservation by targeting overtourism through the inclusion of new MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences, the creation of a standalone strategy to encourage greater diversity and inclusion at Inspiring Journeys, and our global give-back efforts.

PLANET.

Sustainability and conservation by targeting climate change, sustainable food production and responsible consumption through carbon management, renewable energy, the food cycle, waste reduction, and the elimination of single-use plastics.

WILDLIFE.

Conservation and protection by targeting animal welfare and conservation, and ethical wildlife experiences through TreadRight’s Animal Welfare Policy.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences


Inspiring Journeys has committed to implementing MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences (MTM) into our incredible trips and itineraries. As a company of travel lovers, we know what makes an impactful travel experience that benefits the places we explore – but we wanted our community of travellers to be sure. So, we created an online tool to help us measure the positive impact MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences have on the traveler and communities we explore.

Our proprietary assessment tool, developed by our TreadRight team and endorsed by industry experts, is exclusive to Inspiring Journeys and our sister brands. When you choose an MTM Experience you can be certain you are directly advancing global efforts to achieve the United Nations Global Goals.

We have introduced MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® logos on our tour pages to indicate which experiences fall under this category.

Our Climate Action Plan

At Inspiring Journeys we are conscious of our carbon footprint and have made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner, and ensure that 50% of our electricity is secured from renewable sources by 2025.

To ensure we achieve our goals, we have built a five-point Climate Action Plan which will help us manage the carbon footprint of our business and trips, and prioritises removing emissions ahead of offsetting.

Since the launch of our strategy HWTR, global action on the world's response to climate change has continued to advance, and our commitment to evolve has enabled us to match that advancement.

Our parent company The Travel Corporation (TTC) has formally committed to carbon reduction targets that are aligned with the Science Based Targets Initiative, and our targets are currently under review by the SBTi and will be announced later this year. Science-based targets ensure we play our part in reducing our emissions in line with keeping the global temperature below a warming of 1.5° C by mid-century.

This will require bold and ambitious action across our business, and as a member of TTC’s family of brands, we, along with our sister brands, have immense opportunity for impact. TTC’s Scope 1 + 2 target will tackle the emissions from owned ground transport fleet, Uniworld ships, Red Carnation Hotels, as well as our shared global offices and facilities. Our shared Scope 3 target will address our indirect emissions including trip emissions.

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TreadRight

Our Pledge

On World Tourism Day in 2019, Inspiring Journeys alongside The Travel Corporation family of brands signed TreadRight’s pledge.

“I will make my travel matter – for our planet, for people and for wildlife.

When I explore this planet, I will do my best to tread right.

I will refuse single use plastics when I can and recycle what I cannot avoid.

When possible, I will offset my travels.

When I meet new people, I will honour their home as I do my own, and do so in the spirit of diversity and inclusion.

I will purchase locally made items wherever possible and pay a fair price. 

When I experience wildlife, I will do so in nature.

I will not ride animals that ought not be ridden, or support animal cruelty in any way.

Together, we will tread right upon the earth – and we will make our travel matter.

This pledge has been created by TreadRight and made together with our TTC sister companies.”

- Inspiring Journeys Team, supporting TreadRight

Stand with us, and join our pledge today.

Reducing our environmental impact

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Reducing our environmental impact

We’ve introduced reusable drink bottles on all of our journeys, these are made from aluminium which is considered the most sustainable material for this use. We supply filtered cooled water for our guests onboard the coach removing any need for plastic bottled water.

Across our business, we use Bio Diesel to reduce emissions, and traveling by coach produces 87% less emissions than the same amount of people traveling by car.

In 2017, we introduced an e-documentation program which allows our guests to receive their travel documents digitally, replacing the need for paper. We also use only 100% recycled Leipa paper for our brochures which saves 37,100 trees per year.

Community and People - Indigenous Travel

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Community and People - Indigenous Travel

We are committed to encouraging the cultures, traditions and arts of the communities we visit. We seek to enable these communities to see the true benefit from tourism through economic empowerment. Through our support of micro-enterprises and community-based tourism initiatives, we hope to build positive futures for community members and their families.

We use Indigenous guides wherever possible, and have an equal opportunity recruitment policy, actively supporting local people applying for roles. 

On an Inspiring Journeys trip, guests will experience authentic interactions with the Traditional Owners of these sacred lands, learning about their cultures and rich history, which dates back over 60,000 years.

In Katherine, you'll learn firsthand from artist Manuel Pamkal, who’ll share stories and the art of traditional 'Rarrk' painting. 

In New Zealand, meet the descendants of Māori warriors, go back in time with Rosie Belvie who will invite you to become immersed in the beauty and wisdom of her ancestors, honouring and celebrating their culture. 

Planet and Wildlife

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Planet and Wildlife

We support the Kiwi Breeding Programme at Rainbow Springs Nature Park in New Zealand, which is the largest kiwi conservation hatchery in the world.  Here, an incredible 55% of chicks hatched nationwide are incubated and hatched.

Along with TreadRight, Inspiring Journeys has committed funding for the Tasmanian Devil, through research it's crucial to help develop a vaccine against the disease, which has reduced the population by 80% in the wild. 

Internationally, through The Travel Corporation's family of brands, we support elephant, rhino and big cat populations around the world, while also educating our guests on ethical wildlife experiences.

EcoTourism Australia Certified

Inspiring Journeys is proud to be an EcoTourism Certified tour operator, independently assessed against a rigorous set of criteria to ensure our tours Australia wide contribute to conservation, work with local communities and demonstrate cultural respect and sensitivity. Inspiring Journeys has been recognised as a Green Travel Leader due to our longstanding commitment to sustainability with 10 years of ECO Certification with EcoTourism Australia.

You can view our certification here.

Animal Welfare Policy

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Animal Welfare Policy

Inspiring Journeys is committed to only offering ethical wildlife experiences on our trips guided by TreadRight’s Animal Welfare Policy to support a tourism industry free of animal cruelty. The policy is based on the Five Domains of Animal Welfare and you can read more about the policy here.

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