About Meaningful or Responsible Travel?
Meaningful travel is experiential, socially-responsible travel allowing travelers to make a difference and give back. Tours address and lend financial support to global development issues (women’s empowerment, youth, education, health, poverty-alleviation and social justice) in the countries we operate. Sometimes meaningful travel may include volunteer travel; however, the majority of times it does not.
Meaningful travel also provides the best in sights, activities, food, comfort, safety and more for your well-deserved vacation. Meaningful travelers… just like you… care deeply, practice kindness, crave connection, and live (and travel) purposefully.
About Meaningful Trips, LLC
Meaningful Trips was born out of 2 decades of tourism industry experience specifically targeted at Responsible, Sustainable, Ecotourism and Adventure Travel niches. These niches have experienced incredible growth over the last many years as persons seek out experiences that are more authentic, planet & culture friendly, and in some way, make a difference and positively give back to the destinations visited.
As a small business we try hard to ‘walk-the-walk’… we follow sustainability and responsible tourism guidelines, we bank at a small community bank, our web host provider is wind-powered and we are very involved in community efforts here at home.
We help you find meaning in the everyday. We learn from you. We believe that meaningful travel, and YOU, can change the world! Beyond travel and supporting issues in far-away destinations, we hope to inspire all to be inspired change agents in creating a better world.
Meaningful Trips is unique in offering a Triple Give giving mechanism. Over and above already supporting the local economies, culture and environs where we operate, we:
- Contribute to projects that support international NGO’s, non-profits, or partner projects
- Contribute to ‘hunger’, ‘poverty’ and anti-trafficking and exploitation programs right here in the USA
- Contribute 1% of end of year profit to a Meaningful Travel Trust
Policy Statement Against Trafficking & Exploitation
Sexual trafficking and exploitation is an abomination and exists in all corners of the world. Trafficking and exploitation also exists within ‘our’ tourism industry. As a responsible and ethical tourism company, Meaningful Trip repudiates the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. We have joined The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism in order to take concrete actions to prevent this crime.
Our actions include the creation of this policy, elaboration of related procedures, appropriate training of all staff, provision of information to travelers, reporting of possible cases to local authorities/NGOs and submission of reports to The Code Organization. The policy will serve as a guiding document with procedures for staff on how to proceed in the event of a child protection case or emergency. This policy is effective from 1 February 2013 onwards. Be aware. Be involved. www.thecode.org