Seeing the Bigger Picture
This month we’ve compiled a diverse manual on traveling responsibly, which includes ideas for beyondthe-guidebook itineraries that are ethically sound and culturally sensitive, tips from actor Adrian Grenier on lightening your travel footprint, and more.
Beyond-the-guidebook itineraries remain immensely popular, and the passionate travelers who seek them out have a vested interest in choosing experiences that are ethically sound, culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable. Operators have long referred to the concept as responsible tourism, and now it's entering the zeitgeist. We can all easily adopt a more conscientious approach to travel in ways both major and minor. Below, check out four new itineraries from top operators, and in the ensuing pages, discover strategies to pack lighter, connect with locals on a deeper level, and leave the places you visit just as you found them—perhaps even a little better. INDONESIA
Peregrine Adventures launched five new tours this year to uncrowded coastal communities in Southeast Asia, including an eight-day excursion throughout this country. The company’s small, carbon-neutral ships stop in tiny port destinations Moyo Island and Bangsal. Experiences include meeting traditional sarong weavers, exploring rice paddies and staying in locally owned accommodations. peregrineadventures.com; from $3,170 per person. AUSTRALIA
Partnering with local organizations is key to Coral Expeditions’ philosophy. Next month, the eco-cruise operator will embark on its second Cape York & Arnhem Land Indigenous Australian Art itinerary, which begins in Darwin and ends in Cairns, and includes stops on islands along the Great Barrier Reef. The 11-night voyage celebrates Aboriginal heritage with visits to galleries and meeting places, such as Bábbara Women’s Center, where women silk-screen and then sell textiles. coralexpeditions.com; from $8,290 per person.
During a nine-day trip that spans archaeological sites and cities, guests on Classic Escapes’ Andean trips visit the Cuyuni people, who live near the Sacred Valley just an hour from Cuzco. Here, villagers discuss how they embrace modern farming and tourism while maintaining ancestral traditions. classicescapes.com; from $3,495 per person. TANZANIA
This year, luxury safari group andBeyond launched a trio of philanthropic itineraries to help travelers connect with the people of Africa. These include the 10-day Travel with Purpose excursion, during which tour members bike to the agrarian Mayoka and Moya communities for a wildlife drive not far from the Ngorongoro Crater and a conservation lesson with students from a local school. andbeyond.com; from $9,584 per person. — MELANIE LIEBERMAN
Sailing around Rinca Island on a tour of Indonesia's clear waters with Peregrine Adventures.