Our Partners

Our Partners – Responsible Tour Operators

Meaningful Trips works closely with our in-country partners. We partner with the best responsible tour operators in Nepal, India, Mexico, Colombia, Vietnam and ALL the areas we visit. Each of these partners go through a stringent selection criteria based on their professionalism, years of experience, safety record, sustainability practices, conservation ethics, guide training methods, female-friendly workforce, relationships within their communities, relationships with various non-profits, NGO’s and projects that continually lend support to pressing global development issues.

Our partners are award-winners and we couldn’t be more proud. More than partners, more than our international staff… they are, quite simply, our extended family.

Team Nepal (Pokhara)

Dicky, Tara and Mona

Nepal, Pokhara

Dicky keeps Annapurna trekking operations running smoothly including trek logistics and guide selection and training. Tara does it all from helping manage the Empowering Women of Nepal office to caring for the women who live at the EWN women’s home and the children too. Mona runs the 3 Sisters lodge which is our home base in Pokhara.

Team Nepal (Kathmandu)

Dicken, Sunit, Dibya and Shivani

Nepal, Kathmandu

Dicken and Sunit help with trip logistics and to keep office running smoothly. Dibya does local marketing and organizes the successful cooking classes offered in Kathmandu. Shivani looks after international correspondence and trip planning.

Gopi Parayil

Gopi Parayil

India

An avid traveler, Gopi has worked in areas ranging from Palliative Care, software marketing to disaster management before kick-starting the Responsible Travel movement in India. He was recently chosen by Outlook Business among the ‘50 Social entrepreneurs who are making India better’. He set up International Centre for Responsible Tourism in India and is a regular contributor to many international conferences and workshops on Responsible tourism. Team members Sandeep and Vinod keep the operations ticking smoothly and work tirelessly to deliver an outstanding guest experience.

Alper Ertubey

Alper Ertubey

Turkey

Alper lives in Istanbul. He started his career in tourism in the 80’s and in the 90’s. Alper participated in bio-diversity training programs in Kackar National Park and Termessos National Park. He is an expert on and photographer of wildflowers of Turkey. Alper believes that understanding biodiversity is a great way of understanding life and one’s place in the universe. Alper has traveled to the USA quite possibly more than any other Turkish citizen – he has many friends all across the states and especially here in Seattle.

Our team doesn’t end here, it extends to all the destinations we cover all over the world – From drivers to the person tending the bicycles; from responsible hoteliers to humble homestay hosts; from park rangers to ex-poachers-turned conservationists; from our friends in the best restaurants to moms teaching us a cooking class inside her home; from contributing to non-profits to supporting a local artisan… we are all part of the team, working hard to ensure that your meaningful travel experience is… well… MEANINGFUL!