better places travel
Better Places Travel offers unique, high-quality travel experiences focused around nature and the local population. By offering travel in a responsible way, we can help to make the world a little bit better. We put you directly in contact with a local travel expert, then together you design your ideal travel experience. It’s easy, affordable and comes with all the insider tips you need to make your journey truly exceptional.
How it works
Step 1: Choose your destination and get in touch with your local travel expert.
Step 2: Need some inspiration? Browse through our travel suggestions.
Step 3: Fill out a travel proposal form and describe your ideal travel experience.
Step 4: Our local travel expert will send you an initial proposal. Fine tune it together until it’s just right.
Step 5: Book your trip through a secure online payment system, with financial guarantees for extra peace of mind
Local travel experts
We select and connect you with seasoned professionals from all over the world – experts who know their destination inside and out, and can provide you with sound travel advice. Our travel experts are either expats who have been living in the country for many years, or born-and-bred locals who can help you design your ideal travel experience. With their insider knowledge and suggestions for best spots to visit, you’ll travel worry-free. Read more about our local travel experts here.
Not quite sure what you ideal trip looks like, and need inspiration? Browse through our travel suggestions for each destination or look through our inspiration pages for road trip, honeymoon or family trip ideas. We have highlighted some of our most popular routes, arrangements, shorter programs and special activities—you can add, skip, combine, adapt, customize or book as you see fit—or design your own trip from scratch.
Don’t have the time, or don’t feel like planning out your travel route? Not a problem. Just provide the local expert with your wants, needs, and budget, and he or she will come back to you with a detailed travel plan—ideally suited to your wishes. Our local experts are specialists in designing unique, long-distance travel experiences for singles, couples, small groups, and families (with children).
You can request a no-strings-attached proposal by filling out a travel proposal form. Let us know all about your travel wishes, desires, likes and dislikes. The more specific and elaborate you are, the more tailored your proposal will be.
Your personalized travel experience
All communication about your trip happens directly with the local travel expert; via email, phone or Skype (as preferred and necessary). Our local experts are approachable, efficient and enthusiastic about designing your ideal travel experience.
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Payment and financial guarantees
Once you’re satisfied with your travel proposal, you can book your trip by completing the booking form. The payment is processed through a secure online payment system by credit card or bank transfer. Better Places Travel is a member of a travel guarantee scheme that protects our clients in case of bankruptcy by the local travel agent – offering travellers complete peace of mind when booking through Better Places Travel.
Book your own international flight
Your local travel expert can arrange any domestic flights within your destination, but we leave the booking of international flights to you. Click here for tips on finding and booking the best flight for your trip. Based on your flight details, your travel expert will ensure your itinerary fits within that schedule.
Our local travel experts work in accordance with Travelife sustainability criteria. Some are already Travelife certified, while others are in the process of obtaining their certification. By booking directly with a local agency, you are not only guaranteed a unique travel experience, you also ensured more money will reach the local population.
When booking through Better Places, you are also travelling carbon neutral. We compensate not only the in-destination travel you book through us, but also the emissions from the flight you took to reach your destination – all at our expense. Read more about our carbon neutral policy here.
Read some of our traveller’s recent experiences.