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.

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 September 2021 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

Green 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 September 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

New saplings Brigg, Scunthorpe
Back to Brigg – Revisiting our tree planting project
Jarrod Kyte
At the end of 2018, some of the Steppes Travel team made the journey north to Brigg to kickstart our tree-planting…
Land iguana, Galapagos Islands
Paying a Fair Price for Nature – Galapagos Park Fees
Jarrod Kyte
The world’s natural assets are undervalued. One doesn’t have to look too hard to see evidence to support this statement: rainforests…
Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest
We’re B Corp Certified
Steppes Travel
At Steppes we believe in the power of travel as a force for good. This is fuelled by our continuously unwavering…
White-tailed eagle or sea eagle, Scotland
Nature’s guardians on Scotland’s west coast
Jarrod Kyte
While endangered flapper skates will never be the poster boys of conservation, the beautiful marine environment they inhabit on the Argyll…
Flags on Tiger's Nest Temples, Bhutan
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Travel in the footsteps of inspiring Bhutanese women
Steppes Travel
To mark International Women’s Day 2022, Trans Bhutan Trail is launching an exclusive Women’s Adventure Tour, led by female Bhutanese guides.…
Low white cloud covers jungle canopies as sunrises, with mountain in background.
Making informed choices when taking to the skies
Alison Frusher
Airlines around the world are slowly waking up to their responsibilities on climate change.  The pandemic of course will not help,…
Crabeater seal, Antarctic Peninsula
Positive Impact Travel – 2021 Sustainability Report
Steppes Travel
Published December 2021 Steppes Travel commits to giving an update at the end of every year, on its progress against set…
Fogo Island Inn, Canada ©Alex Fradkin
Positive Impact Properties
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
Side of a dark brown bears body and head amidst green foliage.
Experience Europe’s wildness, with purpose
Steppes Travel
The world is changing. The past year has been a staggering challenge for all; travel grounded to a halt, and the…
Flamingo, shot by Alfie Bowen
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…

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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