Sustainable travel and adventure hand in hand: Discover Charlie's Travels and our 3 pillars!

At Charlie's Travels, we don't see sustainable travel as a burden but rather as a fantastic opportunity. It means travelling with a positive impact on nature, biodiversity, and local communities. In this article, we'll take you through our three pillars of sustainable travel: ecological, economic, and social. Discover how your travel choices can make a significant difference, from booking eco-friendly accommodations to building genuine connections with the local people.

What do we mean by sustainable travel?

At Charlie’s Travels, we don’t see sustainable travel as a burden, but as a great opportunity. After all, sustainable travel means that you have a completely different impact on a trip than if you are not aware of it. Your trip therefore has as little negative impact as possible, while having a positive impact on nature, biodiversity and the local population.  And the best part is, it will only make your trip more beautiful, you will make meaningful connections and leave a lasting positive impression.

Throughout your trip, we will show you how to travel sustainably. It starts when you book, choose accommodation and the transport you choose. During the trip we encourage you to make real connections with the locals, and after the trip we inspire you to share your African adventures with friends and family.

Sustainable travel is something we do together. To do this in the best possible way, we work with three pillars. Below we give an overview of these pillars and what you can do to make your trip as sustainable as possible, and how we as Charlie’s Travels contribute to make this happen.

3 pillars of sustainable travel

In sustainable travel, we have three pillars. First, we have the ecological aspect. Here, it’s all about your impact on nature. Think about reducing your ecological footprint and protecting that beautiful flora and fauna you want to (continue to) enjoy.

Secondly, we have the economic aspect. Don’t worry, we are not going to ask you to take an accounting course. But we do want to know where your hard-earned money goes. Let’s make sure they end up in local communities, sustainable initiatives and fair trade. A win-win for everyone!

And last but definitely not least, the social aspect. This is the time to throw in your charms and make real connections with locals. Get to know their traditions, dance together, try the language, make friends for life. Because honestly, a trip without meeting the people is like an ice cream without toppings – just not complete!


Reduce the footprint of your holiday

  1. Take the train instead of the plane
  2. Visit eco-friendly accommodations.
  3. Use as little disposable plastic as possible.

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Support and promote local initiatives

  1. Stay in small-scale and local accommodation
  2. Dine in local restaurants
  3. Make use of local guides

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Protect, show respect, and learn to understand people

  1. Truly get to know the locals.
  2. Avoid mass tourism
  3. Be respectful to the local people

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1: Ecological

You don’t need us to tell you that your ecological footprint matters and that you should keep it as small as possible. When we talk about ecological impact, many immediately think of flying, and let’s face it, that plays a big part. But once you’re on the continent, we make sure you have as little negative impact on nature and biodiversity as possible.

What can you do? → Make green choices when it comes to transport, accommodation and activities. Limit the use of plastic as much as possible.

What do we do? → We offset your travel. Period! For example, by working with Justdiggit and others to neutralise the impact.

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Read more about eco-friendly travel below

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An insane train track across Kenya
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Charlie X Justdiggit

2: Economical

In a world full of inequality, tourism can be a powerful tool to counter this. By travelling to countries where people are less fortunate, you invest directly in local people and contribute to a better future for them. But beware, it is essential to invest precisely in the local people!

What can you do? → Choose accommodation run by local people. Eat at authentic local restaurants and, if you can, try to eat less meat.

What do we do? → We work with and train local guides. We carefully screen accommodations for sustainability and impact on local communities.

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Read more about economical travel below

Impact on local communities
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Local food, mmmm tasty and good!
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Our 3 favourite Kenyan eco lodges

3: Social

You are visiting and that means you get a unique insight into the lives of locals. This is your chance to throw your preconceptions aside and discover a completely different side of how people live. It is the opportunity to take off your blinders, broaden perspectives and understand more about why things are the way they are.

What can you do? → Be open-minded, respect local people and engage in conversation. Learn from each other and discover the world through someone else’s eyes.

What do we do? → We invest in local communities so you can have a real, authentic experience with real people. No circus acts, but genuine encounters that will stay with you for a long time.

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Read more about socially responsible travel below

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Ethical and responsible travel
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Preconceptions about Africa
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