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Our Impact

At Fair Voyage, we only promote verified socially and environmentally responsible suppliers.

Our vision is that all companies must prove their sustainability commitment through an accredited independent audit, similar as they must prove their financial results through a financial audit. 

In tourism, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) accredits such audit standards for operating consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Visit the GSTC website to learn how the GSTC Criteria align with all 17 UN SGDs.

By making it easy for travelers to book their vacation with the most sustainable companies, we are building the missing link to effectively promote all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in tourism:

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“We strive to make responsible travel easy and to become the trusted first-choice partner for conscious travellers as well as responsible tour operators who are leaders in sustainability in their markets locally and around the world.”

Alexandra PastollnigFounder
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Our Vision

Our Vision is to connect CONSCIOUS TRAVELLERS to RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES – efficiently, sustainably and with transparency.

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Our Mission

We are building a highly PERSONALIZED solution to help you find & CUSTOMIZE your best 100% verified CONSCIOUS travel experience. 

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Our Values

Our values are the very reason for your existence. We make every effort to operate transparently, responsibly, fairly, collaboratively, and as humans.

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What impact do we have?

We are creating a sustainable solution for ethical travel by making it easy for travelers to book their vacation with responsible companies.
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ETHICAL

Promoted tour operators or accommodations are verified to be ethically and environmentally responsible.

Our Sourcing Criteria
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SUSTAINABLE

Travelers leave nothing but a positive impact on the communities and ecosystems throughout their trip.

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LOCAL

We promote local companies at local prices. By working with us, local companies increase their visibility and profit.

Visibility & Profits

How do travelers benefit?

Responsible travel is not only about having a local impact. It also means ensuring safety and helping you find your single best fair trip.
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ETHICAL

Fair Worker Treatment

This means they will have the support they need to make it possible for you to have a safer, better quality trip.

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ECO-FRIENDLY

Environmental Impact

Make a difference by staying in eco-friendly accommodation and by keeping the environment clean.

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INDEPENDENT

100 % Neutral Travel Advice

We help you find & customize the best sustainable and value-for-money offer for your unique requirements.

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SAFETY

A safe payment, a safe trip

When you book with us, your funds are protected. We also aim to upgrade safety standards on your trip. 

Partners that support our mission:

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Why all this is important:

"Everyone has a role to play in creating responsible travel and tourism. Governments, business and communities must do all they can, but as a traveler you have the power to make a difference each time you go on a trip.” - UNWTO

How we realize our impact

We only promote verified socially and environmentally responsible suppliers. By making it easy for travelers to book their vacation with the most sustainable companies, we effectively promote all SDGs in tourism.
ETHICAL

Our Sourcing Criteria

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Bottom-Up Selection Process

We require all our suppliers to prove their commitment to sustainability through locally available independent on-site audits. Only where affordable audits are not yet locally available, we curate suppliers based on our own in-house assessment and feedback received from prior travellers.

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Transparent Rating

There are always differences between tour operators. That’s why we transparently share the applicable responsible and sustainable screening criteria that we used for each individual tour operator or accommodation. This provides you with in-depth insight into their efforts.

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Local Connection

Many tour operators run their own initiatives such as supporting local community projects or donating part of their profits. We are not able to independently verify these initiatives, but we always aim to highlight them. 

SUSTAINABLE

Impact Measurement

To create transparency we plan to track the positive social, environmental and operational impact of fair and ethical travel. For us, raising awareness is the most powerful way to encourage the sustainable upgrade of industry practices.

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People

The total number of Fair Porter Workdays we helped to realize.

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Planet

The total number of nights our travelers spent in eco-friendly accommodation.

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Profit

The total number of days booked with certified responsible tour operators.

By only promoting the most sustainable companies, we effectively promote all UN SDGs in tourism:

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LOCAL

Increased Local Visibility

Our platform provides all verified responsible market participants — small and big, local and international, low-cost and luxury alike — the opportunity to sell their tours to clients globally. 

We offer these tours at the same price as local companies would offer directly. How? Tour operators pay us a small fee for our marketing, customer support, payment and other administrative services. This replaces the much higher in-house cost if they would have to do all of this themselves.

As a neutral intermediary, Fair Voyage connects travelers with their best-matching verified responsible company. Tours can be operated by local companies or sold through international agencies. 

 

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Our Lower Prices

People tend to assume that cheap equals poor quality. But it can also be a reflection of innovation and efficiency.

How we increase travel standards

We have the power to stop human exploitation and ecosystem depletion in the tourism industry by making conscious travel decisions.
ETHICAL

Fair Treatment ...

... of Tourism Workers

Our mission is to build a sustainable solution for fair treatment in order to stop the exploitation of human labor. Therefore, we ensure that the tour companies we work with treat their staff members and local teams fairly.

In the context of Kilimanjaro, fair porter treatment is at the centre of our mission. As a result, they have the support they need to make it possible for you to have a safer, better quality trip. 

... of Local Communities

Our mission is to bring more responsible tourism to less developed regions in order to sustainably promote local development and global integration at large.

Globally, we stand for fair practices and opportunities. What we mean by fairness is to treat everyone with respect and integrity.

... of Travelers

We truly believe in the good intentions of travelers: global minds care about local issues. Responsible tourism fosters mutual understanding and the feeling of connectedness. This is more important now than ever.

Therefore, we hold ourselves and our partners accountable to give travelers the information and opportunities they need to act responsibly.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Environment & Sustainable Travel Advice

We believe that the travel community has the power to change the world through collective actions. We can make a difference through the choices we make. 

Unfortunately, waste is always a problem related to tourism. Therefore, it’s imperative to try keeping the environment clean, meaning to leave no trace, of the places you visit.

We encourage you to implement simple habits that will help to reduce your waste.  Most plastic waste that is created during traveling, for example, is completely unnecesary.

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Re-usable water bottle

Bring a water container such as a Nalgene bottle to avoid wasting water bottles and plastic cups. Not sure how to fix a free refill wherever you are?

Read our tips here
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Re-usable bag

Use a backpack or cotton bag to avoid wasting plastic bags to carry purchases or supplies.

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Toiletries

Bring your own toiletries to avoid wasting tiny shower gel, shampoo and other plastic containers in your hotel or accommodation.

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Kilimanjaro

In the context of Mount Kilimanjaro and its environment, the biggest difference you can make is the way you go to the bathroom. Curious what else you can do to make a real difference?

Read about the do's and don'ts
INDEPENDENT

Travel Advice

We only work with verified responsible tour operators and we do not accept listing or promotion fees. This means that we are the only agency or platform who can give you 100% neutral and independent advice to help you find and customize the best value-for-money offer for your unique requirements.

By being legally registered as a travel agency, yet 100% neutral on the companies we promote, we aim to combine the best of both a traditional agency and a platform model. Our goal is to make the online customization of multi-day trips easy for travelers. At the same time, we make every effort to earn your trust through our outstanding personal advice and service.

Do we still need international agents?

Yes. Since the explosion of the internet, this has received a bad connotation as online platforms make it possible for us to book directly with local guides.

However, there are many reasons why local tour guides cannot replace the role of international agents to provide responsible and safe practices for conscious travellers and local communities.

SAFETY

Of your payments & your trip

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Insurance scheme

We are insured by the Swiss Travel Security guarantee scheme for traveller deposits. This means that when you book and pay your tour with us, your funds are protected against bankruptcy and no-shows. In the unfortunate event that your tour operator would not deliver your tour to you, you receive your full payments back & more – hassle-free.

Please be careful if you consider booking directly with a local company as no such insurance scheme exists yet in many developing countries. This is in fact the reason that we’re fully registered as a travel agency in Switzerland – a country with a very strong legal & regulatory system to protect your personal & financial interests as a consumer.

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Climb Kilimanjaro Safely

Safety is more than ensuring your money, it’s also about your personal safety.

Are you about to book your Kilimanjaro climb and wonder what you should look out for in your tour operator? Or are you already about to embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and wonder what you could do to climb responsibly?

There are a few things to watch out for as Kilimanjaro has its dangers and should not be underestimated.

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Are you a tour operator or accommodation owner?

Are you committed to sustainability and do you believe that you meet our criteria?

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Are you a responsible tourism monitoring or certification organization, an NGO dedicated to sustainability issues or an independent researcher, and you would like to cooperate with us?

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