Awasi Iguazu excursion, kayaking

Positive Impact Travel – What it means for you

Taking positive steps now to safeguard travel in the future

Our goal is to inspire, guide and enable you as a traveller to have deeper, richer and more connected experiences on your journeys with us. We aim to create travel experiences that foster a sense of passion and care for the world’s threatened communities, wildlife and habitat.

Kazakh eagle hunters Mongolia
Kazakh eagle hunters Mongolia

Sustainability is our North Star

Our aim is to give you the means to explore the world sustainably, giving you peace of mind in the knowledge that you are having a net positive impact on the people you meet and the places you visit. If the travel industry as a whole can achieve this goal, then we can safeguard your future travel plans and the travel aspirations of generations to come.

This all starts before you even pick up the phone or start writing that first email to us. It’s not only how we create travel experiences for you but also how we run our company. This ranges from our internal Impact Team researching and adopting best practices on energy consumption in our office, to developing a flexible, innovative travel app that outlines your itinerary in detail, replacing our previous printed itinerary and travel pack.

amazon rainforest, brazil

Carving the Most Considered Path For You

During your booking you will notice that the Steppes Travel approach might work differently to those around us in the industry. Your Travel Expert will share insights on both the travel experience and its potential impact, giving care and consideration in equal measure to you and your needs alongside those of your hosts and the environment. With this approach we believe the enjoyment of your holiday will be enhanced, knowing that you are making a positive difference on the ground.

Elephant Hills, Cheow Larn Lake, Khao Sok National Park in Thailand

Working Towards Net Positive Holiday

This takes shape in many ways. By offsetting the carbon footprint of your flights (based on economy class travel). By donating funds to causes and initiatives that support conservation, community and carbon sequestration. By articulating how our key holidays contribute to at least three UN Sustainable Development Goals. By auditing our value chain to ensure our partners share our commitment to sustainability. By prioritising the use of accommodation that promotes conservation and community alongside practical carbon reduction initiatives. Throughout the process of creating your itinerary, your Travel Expert will also look to suggest ways to reduce your carbon footprint, such as taking fewer flights and opting for travel by train for example.

Relaxing on the verandah overlooking the floodplains, Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire, Tanzania
Oliver's Camp, Arusha, Tanzania, Tanzania

Stay Longer and Slow Things Down

If you’re flying to and from your destination, then we suggest your holiday should be no less than seven days duration. The shorter your stay, the less opportunity you have to mitigate the carbon footprint of your flight. And where possible slow things down and spend longer in each place you visit.  This will help enhance your positive impact and give you a more intimate connection with the places you visit.

Uakari Lodge, Amazon, Brazil
Uakari Lodge, Amazon, Brazil, Brazil

More Than Just a Place to Stay

Your travel expert will already be looking at the accommodation we recommend, based not only on your needs and desires but also based on the positive impact the property has on community and conservation. We are in the process of consolidating the properties we work with based on their sustainability credentials, using our own knowledge but also that of external partners, such as The Long Run and Weeva. Lodges, camps and hotels have the capacity to help protect wild habitats and provide career opportunities and sustained income to local communities. We want to champion those properties that are leading the way in this respect.

Wa Ale Resort, Visit to Lampi Village, Mergui, Myanmar
Wa Ale Island Resort, Mergui, Myanmar

Making Every Booking Accountable

As a standard, we set aside £100pp from each booking, which is split between carbon offsetting your flights and supporting our charities working towards conservation, community and carbon reduction. In 2022, we donated a total figure of just under £134,000, covering our offsets with World Land Trust and our philanthropic giving under the auspices of Steppes Fund For Change.

Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti, Tanzania
River crossing, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Building Measurable Momentum

To underline our commitment to Positive Impact Travel, and to show our clients that we’re working with a long-term vision in mind, we will be creating and sharing an annual Positive Impact Travel Report. This report will give an honest review of our progress against the sustainability goals we set ourselves each year. We don’t expect to have all the answers, far from it. We know that carbon offsetting is far from being a perfect solution, but we shouldn’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. We hope you’ll join us on a journey to refine the way we travel to ensure it is a privilege that can be cherished by future generations.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Ala Kul Trek, Arashan Gorge, Kyrgyzstan
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Feeding baby elephant, Reteti Orphanage, Kenya
The Steppes Travel Fund For Female Guides
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Keel-Billed Toucan, Costa Rica
Costa Rica: The gold standard for sustainability
Clare Higginson
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Waves on the shore
It’s B Corp Month!
Justin Wateridge
This month, March, is B Corps Month. It’s the time of year when B Corps from every corner of the globe…
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Footprint vs Handprint
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There is rightly much focus on the carbon footprint of our travels, in particular that of flying. Conversely, there is not…
Tea plantation, Nyungwe, Rwanda
Reflecting on the last year, with a look to the future
Jarrod Kyte
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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…

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge, curiosity and expertise set us apart, driving us to create remarkable holidays and Beautiful Adventures tailored perfectly to you, carefully curated to help protect and conserve our planet.

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