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

Sustainability - Positive Impact Travel

Where each step builds on over 30 years of supporting local communities, cultures and environments.

At Steppes we believe in the power of travel as a force for good. This is fuelled by our continuously unwavering mission to inspire, guide, and enable you as a traveller to have deeper, richer, and more connected experiences on your journeys with us.

We are firm believers in the idea that as a traveller, once you are able to explore our world you will have the privilege of being an ambassador for differing species, their environment and global communities. It is our responsibility at Steppes to showcase how best to connect worlds and help you leave a positive impact for generations to come.

Elephant rock in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

Solid Foundations

Building on over three decades of commitment to the positive influence of travel, we launched the Steppes Fund for Change in 2019 that saw Steppes Travel create a forest regeneration scheme in Brigg, support vital research into nuclear fusion energy and partner with 20 projects across the globe.

With the arrival of COVID-19 and global travel being put on pause, we took the time to redefine what Positive Impact Travel means, working with e-collective, the travel industry’s carbon calculating experts and aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we are striving to make a measurable and positive impact on the world.

Our Carbon Quest

We fully acknowledge that travelling around the world creates harmful carbon emissions however we believe the benefits of positive impact travel are far reaching and with careful curation, the sum of a holiday’s parts can outweigh the negative impact of its carbon footprint. Carbon is far more complex than just offsetting flight emissions and our work in 2021 with e-collective, the travel industry’s carbon calculating experts, has helped broaden our understanding of where we can best reduce and mitigate the carbon footprint throughout Steppes Travel.

Our focus on continually measuring, improving and adapting is applied to all areas of our business, from reducing the footprint of our office right up to carefully assessing individual hotels in our portfolio. Have a read about our ‘net positive’ approach below.

Ponheary foundation girls on bikes waving
Ponheary Ly Foundation, Cambodia

What is ‘net positive’ travel?

In 2021, we began working with e-collective, the travel industry’s carbon calculating experts to help us develop a calculator that measures the carbon footprint of flights and hotels, which we have since asked our hotel partners to use to establish their own individual carbon emissions. Conscious of the need to weigh up both the positive and negative impacts of travel, we have also created a scoring system that measures the positive impact that a hotel has on a social, environmental and economic level. By turning the carbon emission kg CO2e score into a negative and then adding the score assigned to the hotel for its positive social, environmental and economic impact, we are able to come up with a net impact score for individual travel itineraries.

Three grey and white red shanked douc monkeys say in tree tops looking towards camera.
Vietnam

Measuring Carbon to Improve Flights

In August 2021 we launched our flight carbon emissions calculator which allows us to continuously measure and reduce the impact of our holidays in detail. This means that our team can work with you to create and refine your itinerary in a way that makes reducing carbon emissions easy and unobtrusive.

We are also offsetting the carbon emissions of international and domestic flights for all of our holidays, whether or not you book your flights through us. We’ll be calculating and offsetting these emissions based on travel in economy class, whilst giving you the option to pay the difference if travelling in a higher class. The offsetting will all be done through World Land Trust’s reforestation projects, which simultaneously capture excess carbon and help regenerate threatened ecosystems.

Stilt Fishermen, Galle, Sri Lanka
Stilt Fishermen, Galle, Sri Lanka

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We have chosen to align our vision of Positive Impact Travel with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Not only do these goals offer a comprehensive guide to solving the challenges facing our world, but they act as a focal point around which we can all rally. We have made a commitment to ensure every holiday you book with Steppes Travel supports at least three of these goals.

Explore UN Sustainable Development Goals

Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Biodiversity, Female Education and Green Energy in Focus

While our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals is all-encompassing, we believe sustainable travel can have the biggest impact through the promotion of biodiversity, female education and renewable energy. Each booking that a client makes with us goes on to support a chosen partner that is working with passion and commitment towards these goals.

Our Core Goals

rice terrace, vietnam

What This Means For Our Clients

We have one simple goal in mind: to create holidays that have a positive impact now, so we can continue to travel in the future.

We want to measure carbon emissions while also demonstrating the social, environmental and economic benefits of the holidays we create for you. By working with our partners on the ground, we will strive to create ‘net positive’ travel; holidays that are not only fulfilling, fun and transformational for you but are of tangible benefit to the places you visit, the people you meet and the wildlife you encounter.

Travelling with Us


Our Work Continues


Our work to a create positive impact on travel continues, and we would like you to be a part of our journey. We are committed to transparently sharing our progress and learnings, and invite feedback at any time to help us improve.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or ideas – we’re in this together.

Polar bear on the drift ice with snow, with evening yellow sun, Spitsbergen, Norway
Spitsbergen

Our Partnerships

We are signatories of the Tourism Declares A Climate Emergency and Glasgow Declaration (Nov 2021) recognising our role as an industry in the fight against climate change and have pledged our commitment here.

As travel partners of The Long Run, we are part of a community driving positive change for the health of the planet and the well-being of people through a commitment to the 4Cs — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Collectively, The Long Run members safeguard over 23 million acres of ecosystems, protect more than 400 endangered species, and improve the lives of 750,000 people.

We have also been working towards B Corp certification and hope to have an update by Spring 2022.

Read our Positive Impact Travel brochure

We are firm believers in the idea that travel gives you an understanding and engagement that often leads to you becoming an ‘ambassador’ for species, their environment and global communities. We cannot protect what we do not know.

It is our responsibility at Steppes to showcase how best to connect worlds and help you leave a positive impact for generations to come. We look forward to making a difference, together.

Read our Positive Impact Travel brochure

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

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