When you travel to new countries, do you eat at local restaurants or resort buffets? Do you go on tours led by community members or by someone who could be your next-door neighbour at home?
When tourists shy away from what makes a destination unique, they not only miss out on a better travel experience, they often divert money away from the communities that should be benefiting from tourism. In fact, there are some types of travel that leave zero dollars in the local economy.
Planeterra is working to break this cycle.
Created by the founder of global tour operator, G Adventures, Planeterra Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps make travel transformational, and is committed to turning travel into impact by helping local people earn an income from tourism. To date, Planeterra has impacted almost 60,000 people around the world through initiatives that:
- Celebrate and preserve Indigenous cultures
- Help at-risk youth by providing skills-based training
- Protect and conserve natural environments
- Reduce urban migration by investing resources in rural communities
- Help women find meaningful employment for the first time in their lives
Ripple effects are felt throughout communities, affecting generations of local people. Some of these ripple effects include financial stability for families which means more opportunities for their children to attend school, women are empowered to be leaders in their communities, and revenue is set aside to pay for much-needed community improvements such as clean water supplies and sanitation infrastructure.
You Can Make a Difference with G Adventures, Planeterra, and Flight Centre
The many faces behind the Planeterra Foundation “believe that tourism can be the greatest method of wealth distribution in the world, and [they’re] out to prove it.” We at Flight Centre believe this too, which is why we’re partnering with G Adventures and Planeterra to provide a phenomenal opportunity for you to get involved.
This December, when you donate $50 to Planeterra, you can save $200 on your G Adventures tour, exclusively with Flight Centre.
Plus, you’ll be able to see firsthand how Planeterra’s initiatives are making a difference in the destinations you’re exploring. Check out some of our favourite upcoming trips.
4 Transformational Tours with G Adventures
The Maasai Clean Cookstoves Planeterra initiative empowers women with the tools and training to reduce household air pollution in their communities. By replacing traditional open-fire stoves with solar-powered stoves, women in Monduli can remove 90% of deadly indoor smoke from their homes.
See the difference that the Clean Cookstoves project is already making with G Adventures’ Tanzania Active & Safari 8-day tour. Embark on a canoe safari through Momella Lake, hike the volcanic crater of Ngorongoro, and zip around Serengeti National Park in a 4×4 – all while contributing to positive change.
New Delhi, India
The Women on Wheels initiative by Planeterra Foundation and Azad Foundation empowers economically disadvantaged women in New Delhi to become self-sustaining as professional drivers, a job that has typically been disproportionately male.
G Adventures became the first tour operator to contract Women on Wheels as an airport pick-up partner. You’ll have a chance to meet the women that directly benefit from this project when you enjoy G Adventures’ Essential India 15-day tour. Visit the Taj Mahal, see Khajuraho and Orchha sculptures, meander through rural villages, cruise down Ganges River, and more.
Sacred Valley, Peru
Approximately one million travellers visit Machu Picchu every year, but few communities in the Cusco and Sacred Valley areas benefit from tourism dollars. Thankfully for residents of Huchuy Qosqo, that has changed because of Parwa Community Restaurant.
Parwa provides steady employment opportunities for Huchuy Qosqo locals, complete with health insurance, pension funds, and labour benefits. Moreover, all ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and all restaurant profits are invested back into the community.
As part of G Adventures’ 12-day Amazon to the Andes tour, you can become a guest of Parwa Community Restaurant and get a taste of how this Planeterra initiative is uplifting an entire community.
Hoi An, Vietnam
For at-risk youth living in Hoi An, Oodles of Noodles is their ticket to financial independence and a fulfilling career. The 18-month culinary and hospitality training program provides free tuition, safe housing, medical insurance, English language lessons, and the resources and confidence necessary to run restaurants and work in world-class hotels.
When you join G Adventures on the 17-day Essential Vietnam & Cambodia tour, you’ll have a chance to experience Planeterra’s Oodles of Noodles project for lunch in between junk boat sailing on Halong Bay, sunrise visits to Angkor Wat, Mekong river cruises, and more.
When you travel, travel for good. Take advantage of our exclusive G Adventures and Planeterra offer before time runs out! Our Expert Travellers can help you find the perfect tour for your travel style and budget. Find the Flight Centre store nearest you today.