Our views on nature

Responsible Travel is an activist travel company. We screen every vacation on our site against our responsible travel criteria.

For nature this includes ensuring that trips have high animal welfare standards, reduce waste where possible, limit their environmental impact, protect/advocate for biodiversity and support responsible conservation projects.

We've campaigned against many unethical 'nature' based experiences - for example orca circuses, zoos, turtle hatcheries where hatchlings are kept in tanks, and elephant sanctuaries where riding and entertainment practices take place.

Liaising with, and researching alongside our members and their partners on the ground, as well as external NGOs and experts is key to remaining up-to-date. We continually update our policies and findings to ensure they remain current.

Please see below for our views on the latest ethical dilemmas and issues concerning nature, including plastics and tourism, the future of cruises and saying no to fake snow, as well as all our up-to-date policies on wildlife and captive/domesticated animals.

Habitats and ecosystems


Captive and domesticated animals

Photo credits: [What is ecotourism: Ammit Jack] [Plastics and tourism: Christian Haugen] [Say no to fake snow: Guttorm Flatabo] [The future of cruise vacations: Antti T. Nissinen] [Paradise: gadzius] [Tiger safari tips: Annie Spratt] [Is it ethical to swim with sharks?: Elias Levy] [Whaling in Iceland: Jean Bazard] [Canned hunting: Frontierofficial] [Our stance on captive animals: Max Borge] [Why we think keeping whales in captivity is wrong: Ted murphy] [Our zoos campaign and zoos on a fake pedestal: Sheng Wen Lo] [The happy horse vacation code: Daniel Burka] [Rodeos and stampedes: Erik Charlton] [Banning Microbeads in Household Products: MPCA Photos] [Save Polands Bialowieza Forest: Frank Vassen] [Stop dirty dams in the Amazon: International Rivers] [Why are there so few wildlife vacations in England?: Peter Trimming]