A new Guide to Responsible Tourism

In a few years, we won't be traveling like we do today. Faced with today's ecological and social challenges (global warming, increasing waste in the oceans, the need for more social justice and solidarity between peoples, mass tourism, the need for authenticity...), if we want to preserve our planet, we must act now and transform our travel habits. So the idea of a guide emerged, via the publishing house Viatao, to help move the lines and reinvent tomorrow's journey.
Ihere have always been many travel guides, but none of them are really committed to our world, which is in total upheaval. How to face mass tourism and ecological issues? Excessive frequentation of certain tourist sites is damaging the ecosystem and disrupting biodiversity, but also the balance of relations between people around the world.
According to the UNWTO figures (World Tourism Organization), as many as 1.4 billion people spent at least one night in a foreign country in 2018. That is a growth of 6 % over one year, the second highest since 2010, two years ahead of the forecasts: " The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful engines of economic growth and development".according to UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. But he calls on his organization to " translate this expansion into real benefits for all countries, and in particular for all local communities ». An acceleration in travel due to strong economic expansion, more affordable air fares, technological change, new business models and progress in visa facilitation worldwide, UNWTO explained when it released its report in January 2019.

It is therefore essential, today, to rethink the way we cross the world, respecting new uses.
The publishing house Viatao, in its "Tao Guide" collection, has decided to launch a project for a totally independent, committed World Guide with tips and addresses for travelling in a more ecological and alternative way, in a spirit of solidarity, in 50 countries, which will be published in November 2019, with the collaboration of the participative incubator. Ulule.
Because faced with the urgent problems of our world and its societies, traditional travel guides are no longer up to the task and do not provide any concrete solutions to deal with mass tourism and ecological issues. If we want to make as many people as possible want to take part in changing the world, we need to give concrete courses of action: tips, addresses and travel methods adapted to tomorrow's tourism. Our objective? To highlight and support places and volunteers carried by women and men, in order to get out of the circle of the convinced for a maximum impact.
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How else can we allow everyone to travel?

The book will consist of two parts; one, including tips on how to travel in an ecological, sustainable way, to meet the inhabitants of the different countries; the other, will include 1000 practical ideas and addresses of accommodation, restaurants, NGOs, ... committed.
Ecological travel: Choosing your destination, your season, and avoiding mass tourism
- Travel 0 waste
- Limit the environmental impact of transport and travel differently
- Lodging in a responsible way and meeting the inhabitants
- Enjoying a different kind of food
- Tips for vegetarian and vegan travellers
- To leave with responsible travel agencies or with ecotourism agencies
- Offsetting your carbon footprint
- Travelling with respect for the premises
- Volunteering and eco-volunteering while travelling
- Being active on the road: Wwoofing, Workaway, Travel With a Misson...
- Travelling to meet the locals
- Travelling as a woman
- Find out more about sustainable travel: responsible travel festivals in France, specialised websites, etc.
50 countries, 1000 ideas and addresses
1/ Accommodation, restaurants, activities, associations, NGOs... committed :
- Permaculture farms
- Homestay accommodation
- Innovative green housing
- Ecovillages
- Restaurants employing disadvantaged young people in integration programmes
- Organic, slow food, vegetarian restaurants
- Community tourism associations that offer to immerse you in their local ways of life (ex: with Sami communities in Lapland, with Tacana communities in the Bolivian Amazon...).
- Local guides committed to the protection of their environment
- Spiritual retreat centres (yoga, meditation, ayurveda, temazcal...)
2/ Associations, NGOs, farms... to do voluntary work, Wwoofing...
- Volunteers/volunteers in ecological community lodgings and ecovillages (experience sharing, bio-construction, permaculture...) 
- Wwoofings in peasant, sustainable, biodynamic farms...
- Educational volunteering (e.g. to train young people in photography in Peru)
- Agencies in charge of placing volunteers
- Eco-volunteers in NGOs for the protection of local flora and fauna (e.g. animal refuges, NGO for the reintroduction of primates, protection of a threatened plant species, etc.).
3/ Agencies offering solidarity and ecological stays and meeting the inhabitants.
- Agencies offering fair and solidarity-based travel: far from the major tourist infrastructures, in the homes of local people or in accommodation run by the local population, which promote the local economy, respecting the populations, which allow the financing of development projects decided and managed by the communities, etc.
- Agencies offering immersive travel and involvement in development aid projects (environment, agriculture, education, crafts, etc.).
- Local agencies recognized by sustainable and ecological tourism labels.
- Ecotourism agencies.

Committed authors

Jules Boseur and Maryne ArbouysThe authors of the book are two travel bloggers, content creators and travel consultants. They have been travelling the world for four years in search of addresses and committed actors who take into account the preservation of our planet. Because today's challenges will make tomorrow's world, they want to multiply their actions and distribution channels to reach the greatest number of people. The authors are in charge of the editorial staff of the 50 countries, with the assurance that it will be part of this objective of collecting data and information to enable better travel.
Nicolas BretonThe third author of the book, Viatao's development manager, is the third author of the book. He has always had a passion for distant cultures and is sensitive to ecology and social justice. He travelled for fifteen months and wrote the book "Off the beaten track, discover the world differently". A year ago, he joined Viatao as development manager. He participates in the writing of the book, managing communication, fundraising and the crowdfunding page. He is extremely motivated by this new and unique book project.
Ophelia Coheneditor and director of Viatao. She has already edited thirty "Tao" Guides, before I had the idea to launch this World Guide two years ago.
Zoé Chabouis, the model maker for whom work and conviction go hand in hand!

Partners with concrete counterparts

The "Saving Trees in Uganda" counterpart, with Greentripper. To calculate the CO2 footprint of your trip and offset your impact on the climate.
Greentripper and CO2logic support the best climate certified projects (Gold Standard label). The objective of these projects is multiple: reduction of CO2 emissions, improvement of the health of populations, income and standard of living of households in developing countries.
2 € are necessary to save a tree, but Greentripper has decided to double your impact within the framework of this partnership (ex: when 2 € of your contribution is donated, Greentripper doubles your impact allowing 2 trees not to be cut down...).
The counterparts "access to drinking water for a child" and "a vegetable garden for a family in India", with the Kyanarou association.
The Kyanarou Association rehabilitates, according to the situation of each village, the water access networks (distribution networks), they build collective filtration systems and install water filters in village schools.
Organic vegetable gardens are set up and women are trained in manual farming techniques, without the use of chemicals. In this way, they can improve their diet and sell their surplus production on local markets.
A different world. The network of travel craftsmen differently. Actors of responsible tourism for more than 15 years, they design tailor-made private tours, without intermediaries, in the respect of local populations and traditions:
Asiatica Travel. To create tailor-made trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myamnar. Agency committed to a responsible tourism approach:
Chapka Insurance. Online travel insurance expert (holidays, long stays, world tours, PVT, study abroad...) :
Bynativ. A community of local agencies in more than 50 countries. Tailor-made trips designed by locals to meet locals. Bynativ is committed to guiding travellers towards alternative, responsible itineraries that respect the environment, the economy and the local population.
ATES. The ATES (Association for Fair and Solidarity Tourism) is a network of actors and specialists in fair and solidarity tourism. Created in 2006, it brings together travel producers and partner members, all committed to making travel a lever for development and international solidarity.

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