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COMMUNITY: Buy 1 Trip Give 1 Trip with Elevate Destinations

By Laeti, 11/12/2014 - 04:13

If you are looking for a way to contribute the local community while enjoying a unique holiday, then look no further.

Elevate Destinations is a US-based tour operator specialising in sustainable and philanthropic luxury travel. All their tours are custom-made, designed with the greatest attention to detail and sustainability in mind and some have been awarded the prestigious title of “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic.

At the centre of the company activities is the will to give back to the local community where the tours are taking place. 5% of the net costs of each tour are donated to local NGOs supporting community and conservation projects.

Their latest project is the “Your Turn” program, which extends the model of “Buy 1 Give 1 free” to the travel experiences. The idea is simple and brilliant. For each trip bought, Elevate Destinations organizes a similar trip for children of the area, where they get to see the same attractions as the tourists do. For example, groups of children had the opportunity to see elephants in the wild in Kenya or in Peru to visit the Machu Picchu. These children often would not have the chance to see the historical sites or nature treasures attracting thousands of tourists to their country. Moreover this kind of experience has the potential to give them an incentive to protect and conserve better their environment in the future.

Learn more about Elevate Destinations vision in this video:

 

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Elevate Destinations founder Dominique Callimanopoulos and son at Lewa Downs wildlife conservancy in Kenya. Photo Credit: © Elevate Destinations.