Sustainability and responsible travel are becoming increasingly important for travellers. To help consumers simplify their choices, international comparison site Rank a Brand put some 28 travel organizations against the yardstick. Better Places received the highest ranking and was awarded an A-label, as one of the most sustainable travel brands.
Rank-a-Brand is one of the largest comparison sites in Europe for sustainability and social responsibility of consumer brands. Each travel brand was evaluated on climate, environment, working conditions and sustainable trade, and Better Places came out on top as the most sustainable of all 28 measured! Better Places was founded on the belief that responsible travel can make the world a better place.
Working together with locals
Tourism offers a lot of opportunities to developing countries, but these opportunities should be framed in responsible way. Our goal is that trips booked through Better Places put as little strain on nature and the environment as possible. We also want to do our part toward reducing poverty in our destination countries. What this means in practice is that we only work with local partners, including travel agents and guides. It also means Better Places travellers sleep in small-scale accommodations that are run by local families, and operate in the most sustainable way possible. We also try to accommodate our guests in ecolodges whenever possible.
Travelife sustainability certificate
Better Places Travel became Travelife certified in 2017. This means that all our partners work in accordance with Travelife criteria, an international management and certification program for travel organizations and accommodations that want to operate responsibly.
Better Places compensates, at our own expense, not only the on-destination travel booked through us, but also the emissions of the independently booked international flight. Using the award-winning CARMACAL emissions calculator, Better Places calculates the entire C02 footprint of each journey and compensates for the emissions by investing in more efficient cooking stoves in Ghana. Read more here about carbon neutral travel.
Reducing plastic waste
The average traveller will use close to 30 plastic water bottles during a two-week holiday in a country that doesn’t have access to clean water. This produces an enormous amount of waste that, in many countries, isn’t properly disposed of. Everyone who travels with Better Places in 2018 will receive a free, reusable Dopper bottle and access to refill stations, where available. We recommend the combined use of a Steri-Pen where drinking water is unsafe.