Keeping the planet alive for future generations.
The ecological effects from tourism are immeasurable; travelers directly impact soil erosion, CO2 emissions, animal welfare, and deforestation. It’s a harsh reality, but we’re here to make it a little brighter:
We offset your entire trip, including international flights, using the UNFCCC Carbon Offset Platform. elsewhere selects only Gold Standard Certified projects that meet the highest level of environmental integrity.
Wildlife stays wild
All trips that encounter wildlife, or visit a wild ecosystem adhere to the industry’s strictest guidelines.
Plastic clean up
For every elsewhere trip, we remove 2.2lbs of plastic (the equivalent of 50 plastic water bottles) from the ocean with our partner, Plastic Bank
Plant a tree
For every traveler that takes a trip with us, elsewhere will plant 10 trees through our partner, Eden Project
Keeping hard-earned money where it belongs.
80% of low-income countries focus on tourism as a means of improving their economic situation, but shockingly, as little as 10% of money spent on a typical vacation is actually invested back into those local economies.
Let’s call this system what it is - totally unfair. Our direct-to-local model allows 87% of your trip dollars to stay in the destination, empowering its communities with long-term, locally based income.
A safer distribution of footfall.
Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Iguazu Falls; today, a mind-blowing 80% of all travelers visit the same 5 to 10 spots in every country.
During peak season alone, the worst-hit cities experience a population increase of +1,000%, damaging everything from infrastructure to local culture and environment.
Our local experts promote a win-win solution for everyone: longer stays to turn stopovers into meaningful discoveries, straying off the well-worn tourist circuit, and visiting highlights during off-peak season or hours.
Everyone deserves to be treated right.
Despite the fact that tourism creates 1 out of every 10 jobs globally, the majority don’t meet the basic requirements of fair pay, safe working conditions, or access to equal opportunities.
We privilege women-owned businesses, and projects that employ underrepresented members of society, while our elsewhere Charter
ensures that guides and drivers are paid proper wages and work in safe conditions.
Zero tolerance policy.
We also stand against cultural exploitation and its tendency to trap local people into a cycle of poverty by insisting that they be defined in specific and often anti-modern ways.
Instead, we promote cultural exchanges with communities that have autonomy over their image and their story and can tell it in their own way.