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.

How We Tread Right


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

Our strategy is based on 11 measurable goals developed to address Inspiring Journeys’ impact on Planet, People, and Wildlife. These goals, anchored to the United Nations’ Global Goals

 

Our Commitment With Treadright

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Our Commitment With Treadright

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.

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.

WILDLIFE.

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

 Learn more about how choosing Inspiring Journeys means choosing a travel company that puts sustainability and the planet at the core of everything we do.

Visit How We Tread Right

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 will soon be introducing Make Travel Matter logos on our tour pages to indicate which experiences fall under this category.

Our Carbon Footprint

At Inspiring Journeys we are conscious of our carbon footprint and have made a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner. To achieve this, we are measuring the emissions associated with our owned offices and properties, as well as those associated with our business air travel, and waste and water use. We have in place a carbon management plan to drawdown our direct emissions before offsetting unavoidable emissions with high-quality, verified carbon offsets. We will drawdown our emissions through clean energy, low-emission transportation, conservation and through the support of emerging low-impact technologies.

Inspiring Journeys is in the process of measuring the carbon footprint of our trips with the goal of offsetting these trips in future years. Stay tuned for more!

Carbon offsets

Inspiring Journeys has partnered with leading offset provider South Pole to offset our business, allowing us to offset what we cannot reduce. You too can purchase carbon offsets to cancel out the emissions produced by your travels. South Pole has 700+ high quality, and verifiable offset projects to choose from around the world.

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

  

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 as well as planting a tree in their name. To date, more than 700+ acres have been planted across North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa as part of TreadRight’s partnership with The Travel Corporation and One Tree Planted. 

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

In Australia, Inspiring Journeys is a major supporter of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. With our help, the fantastic team have rehabilitated over 2,466 koalas to be released back into the wild. 

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.

Australian Bushfires

Inspiring Journeys is proud to be associated with the contribution made by our parent company, The Travel Corporation (TTC), to the NSW Rural Fire Service – a donation of $100K, which was made in December 2019. The danger they put themselves in on a daily basis to protect the community and its surrounding area is truly heroic. Our hearts go out to the loss of life, property, wildlife and nature from Australia’s bushfire tragedy. Funds go towards technology and necessities such as radios, floodlights, GPS for the trucks, maintenance, fuel, food and training.