Travel With Impact: Because How You Travel Matters

Our mission at Indagare is to inspire and empower people to change their lives—and the world—through travel and to have a positive impact on the places they visit. How you travel allows you to better understand and support local communities, preserve great cultural sites for future generations, protect critically endangered wildlife and ecosystems and make a difference in the fight against climate change. Each Indagare Membership contributes to the Indagare Impact Fund and carbon neutrality efforts.

Read more about our initiatives, and make sure that how you travel matters, too.

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The Three Pillars of Indagare Impact

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Our focus on impact comes down to three main areas in which travel can be a source for good.

Community: When we send people out into the world, Indagare vets our partners carefully to ensure that we can promote the long-term sustainability and development of the local communities we visit, focusing on the support and elevation of marginalized populations through directed projects that address issues at their root.

Heritage: Many destinations are at risk of losing their valuable cultural and natural heritages due to overdevelopment—as well as overtourism and poor tourism practices. Indagare believes in preserving long-held customs and architectural wonders and protecting the autonomy of local culture for the future.

Environment: In the midst of a rapidly changing climate, every effort to preserve our planet counts—from protecting and conserving wildlife to ensuring carbon neutrality and zero waste—and we are dedicated to helping our members do the same during their travels.

Photo by Colin Heinrich, courtesy Indagare

Photo by Colin Heinrich, courtesy Indagare

We’re going carbon neutral!

What is carbon offsetting all about? Learn what Indagare is doing with Sustainable Travel International to reduce our environmental impact.

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How We Choose Our Impact Partners

Indagare has developed key parameters we use to vet every organization when seeking Impact partners.

  • Local: Organizations should be managed locally by the individuals who best know the destination and their fellow community.
  • Specific: Organizations should have clearly stated goals and measurable metrics of progress.
  • Depth of Scope: Organizations should seek to solve a problem at its roots and not simply provide a temporary band-aid.
  • Forward-Looking: Organizations should have a long-term impact for future generations.
  • Transparent: Organizations should demonstrate how they spend their funds.

Photo by Julian Bassermann, courtesy Indagare

Photo by Julian Bassermann, courtesy Indagare

Further Reading & Listening

We’re here to help you make informed decisions about your travels. Read below to find out more about the hotels that meet our impact standards, and other ways you can travel responsibly.

Indagare’s Impact Standards: Indagare has selected hotels that exemplify sustainability and community impact based on standards from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Read more.

Indagare Index 2021: Top 10 Hotels for Nature Lovers & Sustainability: See the Indagare Index’s top hotels for nature and sustainability that meet our impact standards, from a desert oasis in Egypt and animal experiences in Africa to the island preserves of French Polynesia, the Seychelles and beyond.

Indagare Global Conversations Podcast: Listen in on impact-related episodes from the Indagare Global Conversations podcast, including episodes with aquanot Fabien Cousteau, eco-hotel pioneer Sonu Shivdasani, wildlife photographers and filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and a panel travel experts discussing the perils of undertourism.


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– Indagare on October 18, 2021

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