On a Mission to Transform Travel into an Exponential Force for Good
When you book your trip with Fair Voyage, you know that you’re getting an extraordinary experience crafted just for you by a responsible local destination expert, and that your money is making the world a better place. As a social enterprise, we source sustainable travel experiences, minimize your footprint, and empower local communities. Legally registered as a travel agency in Switzerland with secure travel funds insurance, we combine the personalized services and quality of a high-street agency with the efficiency of an innovative platform.
By 2050, we will live in a sustainable and peaceful world led by conscious leaders. By keeping our bigger vision for the world in mind, we want to challenge ourselves to maximize our positive impact towards this bigger end goal and continually align our work accordingly. Every single day, we want to ask ourselves: “Are...Read More
We believe that travel is one of the most powerful tools for personal growth, global awareness building, and uniting humanity. This makes travel one of the most powerful tools to co-create our vision. That’s why we are on a mission to transform travel into an exponential force for good: for Our Shared Future as Humans...Read More
Our values are the very reason for your existence. They define who we are and how we make decisions. We commit to always put our values before profit and hold ourselves accountable to act according to our values. We have divided our values into three non-negotiable values that we want to see in the world—Humanity,...Read More
Creating a fair and sustainable world when we travel, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
We are curating the world’s most socially & environmentally responsible suppliers, and we are making it easy for you to book your trip with them. Because we believe that making sustainability easy is the only way that we – all together – can realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and preserve our planet:
Treating tourism workers and local communities fairly
Conserving nature and restoring biodiversity
Empowering locals for sustainable economic development
Awarded for our commitment to sustainability and invited to participate in leading industry events
Travelife is the leading responsible tourism certification organization globally with the most comprehensive & strict set of award criteria. Accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Travelife audits tour operators consistent with all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud that we have been awarded the Travelife Partner award for our commitment to sustainability, and that our Founder is a qualified Travelife Sustainability Manager.
In October 2019, we were nominated for the World Summit Awards 2019 as the best and most innovative digital solution in Culture & Tourism from Switzerland. It is a great honor for us to be the one and only start-up selected to represent Switzerland in this category. We even made it into the global shortlist!
seif is a Swiss organization that supports teams who apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems. We were honored to participate as one of Switzerland’s most promising social impact start-ups in the seif Impact Academy for social entrepreneurs in 2018, and to be invited to participate once again in 2019.
In February 2020, we were accepted by Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency, into their coveted start-up coaching program for Switzerland’s most innovative start-ups. We are honored about this recognition for our science and technology-based approach to innovation in technology.
ITC is a joint venture of the UN and WTO. Under their She Trades program that aims to help local female entrepreneurs access global markets, we were invited to participate in an event for female tourism entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Uganda and had the opportunity to present our responsible travel mission to them. We are thrilled that both countries are now introducing responsible travel certifications locally.
In October 2019, we were one of 7 social innovation start-ups invited to present our solution on stage at the Redbull Basement Festival in Zurich. This gave us the opportunity to share our sustainable travel vision with a broader audience.
We were honored to be invited as one of only five female-founded social impact start-ups to present our social business case at the Zug Impact Summit organized by the Swiss Impact Investment Association (SIIA) in September 2018. This gave us the opportunity to share our sustainable travel vision in front of a distinguished audience of entrepreneurs, investors and politicians.
We were invited to participate at WTM Africa, the leading African tourism conference, in 2018 and once again in 2019 as a fully hosted buyer. This means that we had the opportunity to meet dozens of local companies and source the most sustainable travel experiences across Southern and Eastern Africa for you.
We were invited to participate in the Magical Kenya Travel Expo in October 2018 as a hosted buyer. Touring the country for a month and meeting with over 50 sustainable local companies in Kenya and East Africa, we’ve been scouting the most authentic experiences and eco-friendly accommodations for you. We’ve also been honored to share our impressions with our host country live on Kenyan TV. We are grateful to be invited to participate as hosted buyer again in October 2019.
The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) is a Tanzanian non-profit organization with the mission to improve the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. They are the only organization that monitors porter treatment practices locally. We are proud to be the only platform qualified as KPAP Partner company.
Early 2018, our Founder has been invited to become a Board member of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), the head organization of KPAP. Keen to support KPAP locally and promote fair porter treatment practices in mountain destinations globally, we were honored to accept this invitation and contribute whatever we can to IMEC and KPAP’s mission!
Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ) is a non-profit organization that encourages and promotes a more sustainable tourism industry within Tanzania. RTTZ believes that the best in Tanzanian tourism is yet to come. So do we! Through our affiliate KiliGATE, we are a member of RTTZ.
We participated as one of Switzerland’s most promising start-ups in the Innosuisse Business Growth Program for ICT start-ups hosted by Venturelab. The program helped us strengthen our presence and network in the Swiss startup sector, and sharpen our marketing and business acumen.
IN THE NEWS
Recognized for our efforts by leading industry publications as well as travel and social impact blogs
Fair Voyage to accelerate its sustainable travel platform
The Zurich based startup Fair Voyage dedicated to making sustainable travel easy has become a limited company (AG). In line with new changes, the startup has welcomed new investors and a new board member as it prepares for accelerated growth.
"Fair Voyage is a pioneering startup working to meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for sustainable travel options", writes Innovatorsmag.com, a magazine featuring innovations and startups transforming our world.
Toenemend toerisme in Nepal: een zegen of een vloek?
Our sustainable travel advisor Yana Pannecoucke was interviewed following her field trip to Nepal by the Belgian news magazine Mondial Nieuws about the need for most sustainability and potential of tourism as force for good in Nepal (in Dutch).
[Traveltrends] Is there a more sustainable way to travel? with Alexandra Pastollnigg by Travelcast • A podcast on Anchor
Sustainable travel should be the only way we can fly. International travel and tourism are far from sustainable as a result of excessive air travel, which creates toxic CO2 pollution, to package holiday resorts built on natural areas. Our planet has a finite resource. There are only so many magnific…
Alexandra Pastollnigg is the founder of Fair Voyage and author of the book Kilimanjaro Uncovered. An Alternative Path to Bliss. Her mission is to shed light on the inhumane and unfair working conditions that the porters on Kilimanjaro are subjected to, which lead her to founding a company to help ev…
Climbing Kilimanjaro helping the community in a fair way - Luxiders
You’ve always dreamed of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, but you don’t know where to start? There are hundreds of international
From ethical Kilimanjaro tours to conscious travel experiences globally
Learning About Porter Exploitation
Our Founder became aware of the exploitation of porters on Kilimanjaro when she climbed the mountain and researched the market for her book Kilimanjaro Uncovered (published 2016).
Social Business Case
Together with like-minded individuals from around the world, we developed the concept for a sustainable tour booking platform as part of a social entrepreneurship program with Philanthropy University.
From Cairo to Cape Town
Our Founder cycled from Cairo to Cape Town. Experiencing the beauty of the entire continent and the warmth of its people, the initial vision for Fair Voyage was born: To help you too explore Africa – safely and responsibly.
Launch of KiliGATE
We launched our predecessor KiliGATE.com in cooperation with local responsible tour operators and the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) to promote ethical Kilimanjaro climbs.
Travelife Partner Award
We’ve received the Travelife Partner award for our commitment to sustainability.
UN mission to Rwanda & Uganda
We participated in an ICT (UN/WTO) sponsored mission for female tourism entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Uganda. This helped us introduce the concept of responsible tourism certifications locally, and to source local tour operators who are already leaders in sustainability.
WTM London – Preparing to Go Global
Seeing the need for more sustainable travel globally, we met with dozens of certified responsible tour operators from around the world during WTM London, the largest tourism conference globally. Ever since, we can’t wait to make the most exciting of those conscious travel experiences available to you.
Travelife Audit Training
We participated in a comprehensive training to audit tour operators who wish to become Travelife certified for their compliance with comprehensive responsible & sustainable tourism criteria. While we do not plan to audit companies directly in order to retain our independence, the auditor qualification helps us curate the best conscious travel experiences for you.
Rebranding to Fair Voyage
We rebranded from KiliGATE to Fair Voyage and launched our new platform. This will help us build a more personalized solution for you, and – over time – to help you customize your best conscious travel experiences for more and more destinations globally.
Travel Funds Insurance
We became a member of the Swiss Travel Association STAR. Any payments for bookings made to us are now 100% secured by the Swiss Travel Security (STS) deposit guarantee scheme.
WTM Cape Town and ATM Dubai
We participated in the leading travel conferences for Africa and the Middle East. Through hundreds of meetings, we’ve been able to source the most responsible tour companies and truly exciting experiences for you across the entire continent.
Innosuisse Startup Program
We participated as one of Switzerland’s most promising start-ups in the Innosuisse Business Growth Program for ICT start-ups hosted by Venturelab.
Swiss Impact Investment Summit
We got selected as one of only 5 female founded social impact startups to present our sustainable travel vision at the Zug SIIA Impact Investment Summit in Switzerland.
MKTE Nairobi & TV Interview
We participated in the leading travel conference for East Africa and scouted the most exciting experiences and eco-friendly accommodations across Kenya for you. We were also honored to share our impressions live on Kenyan TV.
seif Impact Academy
We are participating in the seif Impact Academy for social entrepreneurs. seif is a Swiss organization that supports teams who apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems.
Invited to #1 & #2 Africa Travel Conferences
We were honored to participate as fully hosted buyer at both of Africa’s largest travel conferences WTM & Indaba Africa. This gave us the opportunity to further deepen our strong relationships with local tourism companies from all over Africa.
We’ve become a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). By promoting suppliers who are audited by GSTC accredited organizations, we are effectively promoting all 17 UN SDGs in tourism.
Expanding to the Himalayas
We were honored to participate as Hosted Buyer at the Himalayan Travel Mart conference in Nepal. We toured the country and sourced the most sustainable suppliers for you. Stay tuned for Nepal trekking and many more exciting experiences across the Himalaya region coming soon!
World Summit Awards
We were nominated for the World Summit Awards 2019 as the best and most innovative digital solution in Culture & Tourism from Switzerland. In December, we even made it into the global shortlist!
Opening Our Platform to Local Tour Operators
We designed our platform specifically for the needs of local companies and global travellers when booking multi-day trips. With our platform tried and tested end 2019, we are ready to quickly scale our impact globally in 2020.
To maintain high sustainability standards while scaling, we entered into a partnership with Travelife, the leading sustainability audit for tour operators. Together with Travelife, we curate the most sustainable local operators and help them become more sustainable over time.
Good Travel Alliance
In partnership with Green Destinations, organizer of the annual Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards, bookdifferent.com, the leading platform for sustainable accommodations, we launched the Good Travel Alliance to increase visibility for sustainable destinations and make sustainable travel easier for consumers.
We are currently expanding our impact globally and adding lots of exciting sustainable itineraries to our website. No matter where you want to travel, we can already connect you with your best-matching local & sustainable travel expert.
Your #1 Trusted Partner Globally
By 2021, we hope that you’ve booked a sustainable trip with us. As we will make every effort to convince you with our personalized services and best customized offers, we hope that we will have earned your trust as #1 partner when booking your next conscious travel adventure.
Please note that any amounts paid are subject to our Terms & Conditions, including our Cancellations & Refunds and Change Policy. If you would like to make changes to your Tour after your first payment, we will need to charge an administrativeChange Fee of US$100 to help us process each change. To protect your investment if you can no longer participate in this Tour, you must ensure to be covered by adequate travel cancellation insuranceimmediately after making your payment. Please confirm:
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