Responsible & Community Based Tourism
The health of the environment is of concern to us all and at Eclipse Travel we have a firm commitment to minimising the environmental and social impact of travel both at home and abroad. We endeavour to ensure that a visit from an Eclipse Travel client has a positive effect on the destination and actively encourage our clients to participate in reputable conservation initiatives whilst on their holidays.
Quick tips on responsible travel etiquette
Respect Your Hosts – Take the time to understand local culture and customs so you can respect them.
Buy Local – Try to support the locals by buying as much locally made goods as you can.
Go Gently – Ensure you try to leave no trace of physical impact on your surroundings at all.
Waste and Recycling – Be conscious of how much waste you create and recycle where possible.
Water Use – Limit the use of water with short showers and less laundry. Refill a bottle for drinking.
Power Use – Don’t take liberties with power such as overusing air conditioning and lighting.
We impress our mission upon our service providers too, so that they can participate in conservation initiatives and only select and train exceptional local guides who exhibit best practices. We support partners both at home and abroad who are actively working on social causes which we are most passionate about.
This includes reducing and preventing poverty, pollution prevention and cleaning up the world, and conservation practices which help to preserve some of the spectacular locations we work with around the world and to save the incredible wildlife within them.
Eclipse Travel actively supports a variety of projects around the world. Our guiding principles are that we participate and contribute to two main causes which we feel that as a tour operator we have an obligation to be actively involved in:
- Poverty – We are an organisation that is passionate about alleviating poverty and suffering around the world. We heavily believe in investment in education as a way to reduce poverty along with reduction of food wastage.
- Conservation – Amongst other things we want to support charities who contribute to the preservation, restoration and protection of our spectacular planet and the amazing wildlife within it. We believe in such things as eliminating plastic pollution and finding a way to clear our oceans, reducing the destruction of natural environments and wildlife conservation.
Some of the charities we are currently investing in can be found below. We encourage you to read about their stellar work and contribute wherever you can.
One Heart Foundation
OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue charity. They collect quality surplus food, distribute it to people in need and divert food waste from landfill.
The Ocean Cleanup
The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. A full-scale deployment of our systems is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years.
We have partnered with Fill2Pure an innovator in the fast-growing water filtration industry. We encourage our clients to use their top-quality portable water filtration products in order to get safe and clean water anywhere they go in the world without using single use plastic bottles. See our blog reviewing their bottles here.
The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund
For every client we send to Patagonia we commit a $25 donation to the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund. The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund work to increase awareness of destination priorities at Torres del Paine and provide additional access to capital to support projects that enhance the destination.
Save the Rhino
Save the Rhino International works to conserve all five rhino species, by supporting rhino conservation programmes across Africa and Asia.
World Wildlife Fund
The WWF is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, working in the field of the wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment.
International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA)
Eclipse Travel are proud members of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) and in addition to our yearly membership fee we make a per booking contribution to this organisation. IGTOA and its members are actively working to preserve and protect the Galapagos by promoting responsible, well-regulated, low impact Galapagos Islands travel and by supporting critical conservation initiatives and scientific research there.
When you embark upon a Galapagos Islands tour with Eclipse Travel, you can rest assured that you will have a great experience and that you will be doing your part to support the lasting preservation of this priceless world treasure.