Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Yellow squirrel monkey in Bolvian Amazon jungle

Our Climate Change Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals that we champion alongside our partners in the fight against climate change.

We have chosen to align our vision of Positive Impact Travel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with our efforts focussed on the goals we feel best placed to create the biggest impact: biodiversity, female education and green energy.

For over thirty years, since the conception of Steppes Travel on the foothills of the Altai Mountains, these three themes have played a central role in how we create holidays and use our itineraries to bring positive change. We’ve held long-standing and close partnerships with projects across the planet that have dedicated themselves to these causes, while our launch of the Steppes Fund for Change in 2019 saw Steppes Travel engage with over 20 community-based projects, support critical research into sustainable energy technology, and create a forest regeneration project in Brigg.

Wherever possible, each of our itineraries remains sensitive to the projects around them and aims to involve our clients in any way they see fit.

Great Bear Lodge, Grizzly Eating a Flower, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Rainforest, Canada

Biodiversity in Focus

Our collective impact on the planet is straining the world’s natural spaces and we are in a race against time to reverse much of the damage our species has created. Scientists estimate we will lose 18% of the world’s plant species and 22% of mammals by 2100, if the average global temperature continues to increase.

Travel has the ability to enrich the world, not just through the redistribution of wealth but also by sharing knowledge and creating awareness. In an attempt to promote biodiversity in our backyard, in 2019, we began to create a reforestation project in Brigg that is home to 40 acres of new saplings with the purpose of raising awareness. The location was pertinent – the surrounding area is home to some of the worst levels of air pollution in the UK.

Bali WISE foundation girls at school
Bali WISE, Bali, Indonesia

Female Education in Focus

Female education is key in addressing population growth and its effects on the climate. It is estimated that a focus on girls’ education and sexual health could reduce carbon emissions by over 85 gigatons by 2050. Empower all women with a basic understanding of the world around them and they become free to make forthright and considered decisions about their own futures, and those of their families.

From 2022 we will be supporting Room to Read as one of our positive impact travel charities. Their innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during the two most critical time periods in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

Sea Kayaking, Antarctica
Sea Kayaking, Antarctica

Clean Energy in Focus

With aviation accounting for 2.5% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions and 3.5% of the planet’s increase in temperature, the travel industry will continuously owe a debt to the planet unless something changes. We’re taking extensive steps to measure and reduce the impact of every flight we book. Where flights are booked, we will measure the carbon and balance the emissions through an offset donation to World Land Trust.

In 2019, we supported the work of Nicolas Cristen, a doctorate student working on nuclear fusion energy at Oxford University Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). Nuclear fusion energy represents one of the most promising sources of sustainable energy, with the potential to create sufficient energy for the planet with minimal impact on it. From 2021 we have committed to supporting Practical Action, an international charity that works with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Flamingo, shot by Alfie Bowen
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Wild World by Alfie Bowen
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
Alfie Bowen is an exceptionally talented young autistic photographer and wildlife activist. His latest project - Wild World - offers a…
Frog, Amazon
Sustainability
What to watch on WaterBear
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
If you haven't heard of WaterBear, it is the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Whatever…
Panoramic view of lush karst peaks and valley floor from top of a mountains.
Sustainability
Our Tourism Declares Plan
Justin Wateridge
We have a duty to give our world a chance to truly thrive, not just as an industry, but as a…
Ant, Napo, Ecuadorian Amazon
Sustainability
Small changes, big impact
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
Incorporating these changes when thinking about your holiday or travelling can have a big impact on our environment, the wildlife we…
Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Sustainability
Our Favourite Properties Creating a Positive Impact
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
When done responsibly, travel can have a real, long-lasting positive impact on the world; on the local communities, wildlife and environment,…
Aerial Road, Awasi Iguazu, Argentina
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Positive impact travel in 2021 and beyond
Justin Wateridge
‘'Our planet is one in a billion, a world teeming with life. But now, a new dominant force is changing the…
Black lion tamarin, Brazil
Sustainability
Conservation Heroes 2020 Award Winners
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
While 2020 will be remembered for many things, there will always be the prevailing sense of hope and unity that we…
Travel
Looking Forward at a Better World – October 2020
Justin Wateridge
As our inner worlds collide with new people, places and things, we imprint a part of ourselves on them, and them…
Debs B-D planting trees at Scunthorpe
Sustainability
Steppes Travel Forest in Brigg, Scunthorpe
Steppes Travel
Tackling the climate crisis - In 2019, Steppes Travel issued a call to arms on carbon emissions through a pioneering land-concession…
amazon rainforest, brazil
Sustainability
The Steppes Fund for Change: Our 2020 projects
Steppes Travel
As part of our 2019 Steppes Fund for Change initiative, we partnered with 20 community-led projects helping to mitigate climate change…

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?


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