Saturday, May 23, 2009

Why 44% of Families Choose "Green" Travel

Philanthropic Travel is a growing trend in the US and abroad. 40% of people when making travel plans prefer to travel responsibly! Today, you can take your philanthropy on the road: traveling to make a difference in the world and contribute to international nonprofit organizations. Philanthropic travel is the newest way to combine your travel interests and the issues you care about. From saving elephants in Botswana to benefiting an orphanage in Cambodia, travelers can give back to the communities they visit and still enjoy the pleasures of a luxury trip put together by Elevate Destinations (, leaders in the Responsive Travel movement.

Elevate Destinations has developed sustainability guidelines for each destination they visit to create awareness and provide their clients with the opportunity to better understand the environmental, socio-cultural and economic needs of the places they visit. The company was founded by Dominique Callimanopulos, who began traveling around the world even before she was born. Throughout her travels, she was conscious of the inequities between travelers and native communities. This perspective became the subject of her academic interest and career.

Her anthropology thesis at Wesleyan University focused on the impact of tourism in the Seychelle Islands. It inspired her travel and international involvement with many non-profits and philanthropists. Dominique saw the opportunity to combine the singularly exciting travel she enjoyed with giving back to the communities she visited.

Elevate Destinations developed from this vision. Every ElevateDestinations trip benefits environmental preservation and community development. Our people are committed to Elevate Destinations' mission and are selected for their ability, knowledge and integrity.

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